I've been working like a tiny elf decking the halls of our home, and you know what? I'm loving it!
All of the decorations...
The extra lights...
How warm the house feels when it's so cold outside.
It's all so exciting!
Today I want to share with you
this little project that's so easy you can put it together in less than ten minutes if you have all the materials ready.
This is what I used:
- One garland of 24 wooden clothespins
- Wired ribbon 7" for each "envelope" (24/25 pieces)
- Fine point marker
Fold each piece of ribbon to form a little envelope, like in the picture above. I didn't sew or glue them. Each little envelope is going to hold two little pieces of paper so, just like that they'll hold them pretty well.
Using a fine point Sharpie, the numbers were written on each envelope.
I've had this wooden clothespin for ever. It was a prize my daughter won at school when she was a little girl and she gifted it to me. I've used it to hold Christmas cards most of the time, but just this year I realized it's supposed to be used as an advent calendar after I counted how many clothespins it had! ;)
You can buy the little wooden pins at a craft store and pass a piece of jute rope through their springs, it's easy.
I mount them on a chalkboard and that created the most striking contrast.
I haven't added the little messages, my kids would pick at them before it's time.
My kids are not little any longer :'( but they love when I tell them stories of when they were little.
For each day I'm giving them a word, which represents a happy memory I have of them.
After dinner each evening, I'll be there telling, and in many cases, re-telling those beautiful stories that made a mark in our lives.
I think that's easy too, the stories, they're all in our hearts, we just need to re-tell them.
Do you want to give it a try?
I'd love to hear about other ways you have used or want to use the advent calendar. Let's share them!
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