29 November 2011

gettin' crafty: {diy} advent calendar

I have been searching for just the right advent calendar for the last few years to no avail. But this year pinterest gave me the confidence and inspiration to make my own. And I am so happy I did! My inspiration came from this photo:

                                                                 Source: sundayinbed.tumblr.com via Carina on Pinterest

There was no tutorial to go with it, though it seemed easy enough. So, I set to work!
It came together in an hour or two - so you still have plenty of time to get it together before December arrives! And if you're a few days late... well, who really cares?
Ok, now gather your supplies:
24 clothespins, spray paint, paintbrushes, glue or mod podge, patterned ribbon, a stencil, white paint, hot glue (not pictured) and wood.
A few notes: you can use a 2x4 and paint it any color you'd like. I used some pieces of our old fence - love the rustic look and I love repurposing.
Seriously, use whatever white paint you have. Craft paint, ceiling paint, acrylic, whatev.
I used three different patterns of ribbon. You can also use fabric, washi tape, or just leave your clothespins painted. Make it your own!

The first step is spray painting your clothespins.
I used colonial red, which was the perfect Christmas color for me.
Spray one side. Let them dry for a bit, flip them and spray again.

If you're covering the front with ribbon, you really just need to make sure the sides are well covered. Once you think they are good enough, leave them to dry for about 30-45 minutes.

In the meantime, cut 24 strips of ribbon or fabric. Just use your clothespin as a guide.
 The ribbon I chose already had adhesive on the back. Super handy and so quick!

Apply your ribbon to each clothespin. If yours doesn't have adhesive, or you're using fabric, you can use a little school glue or some mod podge. 
quick tip: did you know that mod podge is just diluted glue? Just add a little water, swirl, and voila! You've just saved yourself bundles of crafting cash!
Next up is stenciling your numbers. I positioned my clothespins about where I wanted them and then stenciled on each number just above.

Now fire up that hot glue gun. A thin line of glue on the back should be all you need to attach your pins to the wood.

Presto! You're done! So easy, and you've got yourself a lovely little Christmas keepsake.
What you decide to hang from your clothespins is up to you, but I've decided to have a fun little variety for the kids to get us into the Christmas spirit.

I found these free printable gift tags:

                                                                 Source: jonesdesigncompany.com via Carina on Pinterest

I am going to print out fun activities on some of them for several days... things like:
watching A Charlie Brown Christmas
going out to look at lights
baking cookies
fun Christmas crafts
singing carols and drinking hot chocolate
reading Christmas stories
sharing treats with our neighbors

We'll also have days where we say a prayer together for someone special
and read parts of the Christmas story from Scripture.

And no advent calendar is complete with out candy, amiright?
So most days will also include some of these:

                                                                       Source: peppermintplum.blogspot.com via Carina on Pinterest

How cute are those?!
That's the final touch, which I will attempt to whip up tomorrow.

I am so excited - this is the best time of year. And as my kids get older, I LOVE making every day magical. Happy advent, one and all!
What fun and crafty Christmas projects are you working on?


  1. this is awesome, i i love the sewn pouches!

  2. i'm in love with this! super cutie!
    i made ours, too. not this fancy though. i'll post ours probably tomorrow:)
    ps i used washi tape (surprise!)

  3. love love love this tutorial! so cute carina!

  4. Omg, that sewn paper candy pouch is amazing! Much cuter than regular candy bags!

  5. SO, so cute! I may be in the dark, but I didn't even know there was ribbon with an adhesive back. I feel inspired to create just knowing that! : )

  6. I too have been looking for an Advent Calendar. This is one of the nicest I've seen. Since I'm so far behind, it might just have to be the twelve days of Christmas count down.

  7. cutest!
    I love the advent calendar! love the ribbon covered clothespins, the ideas for fun christmas-ey things to do, and the sewn candy pouches-yay!

  8. yours turned out perfectly! i am totally going to do make one of these someday!!!

  9. I am drooling here. So, so cute. I love the worn wood and the sewn up candy holder. That would save a lot of trouble with my little sneaky candy swipers here. Brilliant!

  10. love it! love those paper sewn treat bags too!!

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