December 2, 2011

Advent Activity Calendar - Two Thirty Five Designs

Howdy howdy howdiiieeee. 
I am giddy to be guest posting for Mandy, so much so, I can hardly contain myself.
I am Allison over at Two Thirty Five Designs. I am painter, for reelz, wannabe crafter, pretend to be able to cook, obsessed with furniture and fashion, avid music listener, real estate flipping, camera toting brunette, and have somehow managed to have three offspring. Rock on. We get our hands in just about everything we can, (most recently for me is Stella & Dot, oh so badd, but ohh soo good all rolled into one) and one of those is real estate. So guess what? We move. A. Lot. Over. And. Over. I think it's been 15 or 16 in almost 13 years. Iv'e started to not count, kind of like with our cars, hmmm...anywho...
Decided to do a different type of advent calendar. Well, it's not really a calendar, more of glass urn. Yes I live on the edge with letting my kids pull things out of glass bowls. I knew I wanted this years so called 'calendar' to be different. Have more actual 'acts' than a piece of candy or quarters like normal. Off to hobby lobby to search. This wasn't my original idea, but once I saw the ornaments I knew what I was going to do. I grabbed 25 ornaments, Styrofoam balls and I already had paper.
First I printed off a calendar so I could rummage through ideas and know what I needed to plan for, such as what books to get, and know where I need to hide them and when.
These are great, all plastic...
Took them all apart...
At first glance, thought this was a good idea for 'snow'...
Wasn't considering static electricity. So after a lesson from the 3rd grader...
I decided to funnel them in...
Much better!
I opted to not get Christmas Paper, already have an infinite supply of it...
Printed off my list...
And cut my strips (I measured the ornament opening first)...
Oh, and you must have a good helper who uses the blade till it's too dull for anything...
Anywho, back to the strips...
After cutting, I curled. Very carefully, they will tear..wa..waa...waaaaa....
Curly Q's...
Making sure it fits...
Punched out the numbers of the days...
The ornament hooks pushed through super easy...
A dollop of hot glue on the inside of the lid...
I pushed the 'activity' paper in the glue, let it dry for a sec, then ran a straight pin through the hole for the hook, just to start a hole to guide the hook in...
Run the curly in...
Shake it like polaroid picture...
Almost there...
Viola, all finished!!
Thanks again to Mandy and you guys!!! Y'all Rock!! Can't wait to see the other guest post :)

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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

5 Fabulous Comments:

This is BY FAR my favorite Advent Calendar idea I have seen all season! Thanks for sharing! Now I have to make my way to Hobby Lobby so I can make my own :)

This is amazing! I love it! Are you willing to share your list that use used for each day?

I love the look of these--great job! I had to consult my calendar too when planning out my activities :)

I love your ornaments. Fabulous way to do Advent!

I LOVE this idea for an Advent calendar! Thank you for sharing!

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