|Mr. Frosty is here to welcome Baby Jesus.|
|Centered on the fireplace mantle sans Christmas decorations. |
After Thanksgiving will come soon enough.
|pockets large enough to accommodate candy|
I have two kids...hence the two pieces of candy
|love that blue glitter shimmer!|
|my favorite shot|
love the angles and bright colors!
I've always wanted to make an Advent Calendar. I even had a couple ideas set aside for *someday,* but never did figure out what day that was! lol The Totally Green Contest Holiday Edition gave me the kick in the pants that I needed. The contest objective is to create a holiday decoration (any holiday) out of at least one recyclable item. I love all things reused and renewed! And as my husband can tell you, I have plenty of recyclables lying around. (His exact words were: I think you're becoming a hoarder. I'm concerned.)
No fear hubby dear! Some of those recyclables/hoard have found a purpose we'll treasure each year!
It was important to me to include Bible verses for each day as an "echo" to what we are already teaching our kids. Scroll down to the final picture for the link to Bible Study Planet's verse collection on keeping Christ in Christmas and other verses used.
Recyclable Materials Used
|old cork board|
toilet paper tubes
|thin cardboard boxes|
(other items: hole punches
|old piano sheet music |
(who am I kidding?
I'm too lazy to learn how to play this.)
Other items: nativity stencils
|sticks from outside|
wooden rectangle from
craft supplies curb alert
Other Materials Used
|paint purchased new|
everything else from
my craft closet
|2 rolls of ribbon from Hobby Lobby|
number stickers from the dollar store
glue gun and glue sticks
1. Using hot glue gun, fold and glue bottoms into a pill box style, creating a pocket
2. Cut off roughly the top 1 1/2 inches...save scraps.
|5. Print off nativity stencils.|
|6. Using an old rag and a mixture of assorted brown paints, "age" the sheet music.|
7. Trace stencils onto sheet music and cut out.
|8. I wanted a more defined edging so that my nativity characters didn't blend into the board. Using an old rag and some dark brown paint I wiped around the edges of each stencil.|
|14. Twine was wrapped around the sticks to create a more realistic look. |
15. Then the rectangle, stick shelter, and nativity people were hot glued into place.
Steps not pictured:
16. The leftovers from the toilet paper rolls (see step 2) were cut in half to fit inside each pocket. These will be the tabs.
17. Paint each tab. Flatten if they insist on curling.
18. Apply number stickers.
19. Seal number stickers with mod-podge.
20. Add Bible verses to the back of the tabs:
|Click here for Verses for Keeping Christ in Christmas from Bible Study Planet. I mixed in a few of my own, including verses from Psalm 139 and Zephaniah 3:17. Tried to attach the word document but can't figure out how. Feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the attachment.|
21. Glue ribbon around frame (used Mod Podge for the turquoise ribbon and tacky glue for the white ribbon).