Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christmas Advent Calendar

Instead of doing what I was supposed to do today, I decided to take a break from the chores.

When my kids were little, I used to get them one of those cardboard advent calendars with the horrible little chocolates inside. They loved counting down to Christmas and it was always the first thing they did when they came downstairs for breakfast.

Now that they are older, I thought that this one would be a little more mature for them :)
I started with this golf shadow box frame that I picked up last year. I’m glad I finally found something to do with it.
I removed several of the pegs, leaving 24. Then it got a few coats of spray paint. I thought that it wouldn’t be blingy enough, so I glued some ribbon to the back. WRONG!  Eww, I hated it.

So I ripped the ribbon out. Whew, so glad I did. Now it looks much better.  I used my cricut and white vinyl for the numbers. This year I’m incorporating purples into my Christmas decorating, but next year this will be easy to change out the bulbs. The lighting is horrible; I was surprised when I came up from my craft room, and it was dark out, therefore the photos are not so great.  I’ll post a daylight photo another time.


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  1. What a clever gal you are! Great use for the case! Love the color scheme you have going on. And I am diggin the panels I spy in the background!

  2. Fun idea! We still do the chocolates, but love how your advent calendar looks! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Fun fun fun! I love it. We have a wooden Advent calendar that my girls still love checking every morning of Advent. It's getting harder harder to figure out what to put in there!

  4. This is a great idea for an advent calendar - love the purple ornaments and your plan for a purple Christmas :-)

    It would be fun to use ornaments that open in the middle so you can hide little surprises inside - kind of like Kindereggs :-)

  5. This is such a fun idea. Aren't you glad you took a break from your regular routine? Great job!

  6. love it, so clean and chic!!!!

  7. So fun, and it looks fantastic! As a ballroom and latin dancer, I love those disco ball ornaments too. :) Would you share at my holiday party? Please?

  8. Mmmmmm, I like all of it! The calendar, the cloche, the curtain fabric, the purple tree....come do my house ;)

  9. Ok now this is way cool and I love that you are using Purple! My favorite! I need to figure out an advent calendar for my kiddos. And yes not the paper ones with crappy chocolate!


    oh I love this comment you have here that says how you can't respond to everyone's comment. Can I put that on my blog, would you mind?

  10. So happy to be able to join in the fun!!!!!! Stop by when you have time!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. This is such a great idea!! I'll definitely have to try a version of this for my kids!! Now following you! :)

  12. I love this, Mel! So fun and creative! I can't wait to see more of your colors incorporated into your holiday decor!