I (Kristin) was feeling dissatisfied with the Christmas decor of our home. The outside of our house is still rockin’, but the inside felt a little off (to see the pictures we posted earlier this week, click here). So, I decided to spruce it up with an advent calendar.
I knew I wanted to craft a one-of-a-kind advent calendar that was baby friendly and wouldn’t require me to restock it with presents every year. After surfing the internet for more time than I will admit, I decided to look around the house for inspiration. The internet brought me to the idea that I wanted to use ornaments instead of presents… each day you move one ornament from the calendar onto the tree. While walking around the house, I settled on using a hanger as a starting point and just sort of built on that.
Here’s the result:
- A hanger, specifically the type with a cardboard bottom
- Spray paint
- Lots of ribbon
- 25 Christmas ornaments (I used a 26-pack from Walmart, on sale for $5. Make sure you get unbreakable ornaments if you have kiddies or kitties.)
- A premade bow that attaches with a twisty-tie, if you are like me and can’t make your own bow
- Cut the cardboard on the bottom of the hanger in the middle.
- Spray paint the cardboard.
- Wiggle the cardboard onto the sides of the hanger.
- Screw eye hooks into the cardboard. I put 7 on one side and 6 on the other (thinking that I would have no more than 2 ornaments on each eye), but I ended up only needing 6 on each side and hanging the ornament for #25 in the middle.
- Tie ribbons onto the eye hooks. I used red, white, and green. I actually put the hanger on a removable hook (the 3M type) so I could see how the calendar would look when it was hanging on the wall.
- Write the number “1” on an ornament. Then write the number “2” on an ornament… until you reach 25.
- Tie the ornaments labeled “1” through “24” onto the ribbon. I used a half knot so that they could be easily unattached and reattached.
- Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck of the hanger and attach the ornament labeled “25” to that.
- Attach the bow around the neck of the hanger.
- You’re done!
(Teaser: I chose to use one of my newly crafted Christmas ornaments as the 25th ornament! Details coming soon… Gotta love it when projects come together.) We did not actually move the ornaments from the calendar to the tree this year because we didn’t finish the project until Christmas eve eve (the 23rd). And I wanted to admire how it looked and Kasen wanted to bat at the ornaments. So, we just played with it as is this year. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to put it into action.
We also put all of our Christmas cards up. Usually they’re on a shelf in our kitchen, but the shelf doesn’t have enough room for everything and we spend half the season picking the cards up after they fall on the floor. This year, we decided to attach them to the edge of the shelf with a little painters tape:
And, because we forgot to give you a picture of it on Monday, our stockings are hung with care:
I wasn’t done yet. I was not happy with how our Christmas tree looked. It was nice to reuse that blue ribbon from Kasen’s birthday, but I just didn’t like having a blue Christmas. So, I took down the blue ribbons and replaced them with white. I also added a few new Christmas ornaments, that I crafted myself (details below). Here’s how the tree looks now:
Do you see how many presents are under that tree? We are way too popular this year… well, Kasen is. And Santa hasn’t even arrived yet!
So now our house is feeling a little more holiday spirit!