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advent calendar (a tutorial)

Seem a little early to start thinking about advent calendars? I thought so too, then I looked at my calendar–15 more days until the “official” countdown begins! I put together a quick and easy advent calendar this year for my little one…let’s take a look, shall we?


balsa wood (found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
twine (I get mine from the Twinery)
mini clothespins
glassine bags
treats to fill bags 
This was so easy, and I love the overall simplicity and almost rustic feel of it.
Step 1: Before stamping your wood, you need to cut it and seal it. Why seal it? If you don’t, the ink will bleed and your numbers will be fuzzy (I know-I didn’t seal the first time and didn’t like the results). I used a spray acrylic sealer on my wood after cutting. The reason for this was that I used my paper cutter to cut the wood (this stuff is thin), and thought the sealer might make the wood harder to cut.

After cutting, sealing and stamping…

Step 2: Glue your clothespins (I used hot glue) to the back of each time.

Step 3: Fill your bags, hang your twine, and you’re done!

I filled my bags with Skittles and foam ornaments. We’ll hang the ornaments from a wreath or tree (haven’t decided yet) each morning of Advent.
I’ll post some more advent calendar inspiration next week!


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Tuesday 26th of June 2012

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Libby A

Monday 21st of November 2011

This is so simple and yet so chic! I love it! And you're right...I better get to making our advent, your's has inspired me!

Trish @ Uncommon

Saturday 19th of November 2011

This is such a simple and sweet advent calendar! I love the idea of decorating a tree or wreath with an ornament each day!

We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!


Saturday 19th of November 2011

I love this idea-so simple and pretty!


Friday 18th of November 2011

I am in love with this idea! Will be pinning this and following your blog :) Found you on the tt&j linky party by the way!