First day of December, first day of Christmas. I've been planning to make my own advent calendar since our Queenstown trip where I spotted a cute Christmas washing line one and wanted to buy it but hubby said, You can make that!
Gotta love his confidence (or was it his reluctance at spending $49.90 on an advent Calendar?)
So today I put Granny to work stitching stockings, and we love the result. Clever Granny. Clever us.
We have an advent calendar of mini christmas stockings strung over the fireplace, with a note inside for each day giving us something Christmassy to do, e.g.
- Put up the Christmas Tree...
- Read Dr Seuss "The Grinch"...
- Watch The Grinch DVD...
- Bake Christmas cookies...
- Go visit the Christmas lights on Franklin Rd...
- Dress up as the Three Wise Men and take photographs...
- Catch the train into the city to visit Santa's Grotto at Smith & Caughey
- A "Polar Express" Night with Hot Chocolate...
We are really getting into the Christmas spirit here.
Here's how to make an advent calendar one like ours...
YOU WILL NEED:
3-4 different colours of felt
contrasting embroidery thread
a stocking template (search "google images", copy & print)
braid, jewels or other decorations
a hot glue gun
mini wooden pegs (from a craft shop or $2 store)
foam numbers (glue gun on)
string for hanging (we used gold braid)
Cut out a paper template of a Christmas stocking and pin onto felt (right-click the stocking below to save to your computer and print out as template)
Use a contrasting running stitch to stitch them together. It helps to have a granny on hand. You may wish to embroider the numbers on each side. Don't bother. Just hot glue gun the foam numbers. Easier, faster and cuter.
Decorate the tops of each stocking, back and front.
Glue the numbers 1-12 on the fronts of the stockings, allow to set.
Flip the stockings over and glue the numbers 13-24 on the back.
Hang up your string somewhere cool like over the fireplace...
Peg your stockings onto the line. Poke little notes with Christmas activities into each stocking (for days 1-12).
When you get to day 13, flip all the stockings around and write out 12 new notes.