I am sharing this project again – because it is time! If you are going to have an Advent calendar ready for December 1st, its time to get to it! This project is so simple – you just need ribbon of your choice! Have fun!
Every year, I have the best of intentions.
Every year, I am sure THIS will be the year.
The year I have an Advent calendar before December starts.
But this year really is the year.
So. here is the truth. My girls are big and an Advent calendar is not the same for them as it would be for little little ones.
They don’t need a bunch of little toys.
And honestly, the prospect of coming up with 50 (one for each) little toys to put in, makes me stress.
And they still have most of their Halloween candy, so that is out of the question as well.
So, here is my plan.
I am going to (well Hubby too, he just doesn’t know it yet) leave a note or a scripture for them for each day.
An extra “I love you”.
An extra reminder of what the season is about.
And extra moment to make them feel special.
I went ahead and added a few little fun decorations we already had, so it would be fun along with the notes.
And a few tags I had that were a perfect fit.
And of course, I had to put in one of my favorite touches – pieces of a yardstick for the numbers.
And here is how I put my Advent calendar together…
Wired ribbon – any pattern will work. I chose burlap with dots, but go with your style. This ribbon is 4 inches wide – but again, do what works for you. I do think the burlap is stronger to work with and might be a good choice.
Other Trim – I added the red ribbon shown below and later decided to also add a layer of green ribbon.
Yardstick – mine was new from the hardware store. Hubby cut it down into each number on the chop saw (use caution). After they were cut, I waxed them with Annie Sloan’s dark wax so that it looked like a vintage yardstick.
Fold the ribbon to make a pocket. Mine are 4 inches long with a one inch fold over the front.
Use hot glue to attach the sides.
Use hot glue to attach all the trim on the front including the numbers.
Use hot glue to attach each pocket to a piece of twine.
And that is all – see, I told you there was no sewing.
I hung mine in sections of five on an old door, but you could also hang them on a stair railing, on a wall, on a large cork board or across a mantel.
They might even be fun on your tree as a garland.
If you going the “note” route, just add a few accessories peeking out and you are done!
Thanks so much for reading.
Oh, and if you would like to see another Advent calendar idea, visit my sweet friends at Uncommon Designs – they are sharing a super cute idea.
Wishing you a great day!
P.S. The link for the tags you see tucked into to some of the pockets is here…
I do not have a source for the dogs- sorry!