I had the strange urge to be crafty (this NEVER happens to me) this weekend, so I thought I’d share the results – Christmas Countdown calendars (sort of) for my girls. Normally I buy the one or two dollar advent calendars with little perforated doors that can be opened each day to reveal a piece of chocolate. And my girls love those. I probably should have stuck with them, but I got a little ambitious and spent way too much time on Pinterest and ended up with something else entirely.
Of course what I planned morphed from one thing into the final product from the time I came up with the idea through my trip to Michael’s and finally to the creation of the whole thing. These bags are my part of the countdown calendars. My original plan? Was for these to be hanging on the wall under trees for each girl. But that was a little too hard for me, and they ended up bigger than I realized, so I put them in cute Christmas-y boxes. These bags various decorations for the trees that my girls worked on, which I’ll show you next.
In the original plan in my mind, I was going to have a large piece of white poster board, cut a tree out of foam or another piece of poster board to put on the top third of the board, and hang the daily decoration bags on the bottom of the board. But I worked so hard on the bags (hard work in my mind – you have to remember I’m not a crafty person at all, so this stuff doesn’t come naturally to me). So I decided it would be more personal and fun for my girls, especially at their ages, if they decorated their poster boards on their own. So I gave them the materials for the trees and foam and markers and let them decide what they wanted to do. Reagan was so excited, saying, “I’m gonna get my craft on!”
These were the finished products on the last day of November, ready for decorations on the first of December. Reagan didn’t like the way her handwriting looked on hers, so we switched to the plan of a wrapping paper background, which I think turned out really well.
So far their daily pouches have contained gold stars for the tops of their trees, an initial ornament for each girl, and colored puff balls for ornaments. These things are going to be seriously decorated by the end of the month! I’m pretty excited with how this project has turned out so far. Oh, and just so my girls didn’t feel cheated, I put a piece of chocolate in each daily pouch.
Linking up with Greta and Robin after a couple weeks of accidentally missing #iPPP: