Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Advent Calendars

So a few weekends ago I had my "children from another Mother"(my cousins' girls) overnight. We always like to do some sort of craft, usually card making. This time I planned an advent calendar. I think they turned out really fun, the girls did a  great job!
Katrina's Calendar (12 yrs old)

Ashley's Calendar (8 yrs old)

We started with a blank 16x20" artist canvas from the dollar store. The girls used red and green paint to cover the canvas. Katrina added tissue paper poinsettias with mode podge to her canvas. I had the boxes cut and scored before the girls arrived to save time. While the canvas dried we all got busy assembling the tiny boxes. The girls then decided where each patterned box would go and we hot glued them to the canvas. Using my cricut machine we cut out red and green numbers and glued those on as well. You can't see it but we stapled ribbon on the back of the canvas to hang the calendars on the wall with.The girls then used Christmas embellishments from my stash to decorate the boxes.

Did you notice that Ashley put her numbers in a random order so she would have to look for each day throughout her canvas. Katrina is like me and had to have hers in numerical order, we are related LOL!

I gave them each a baggie full of Lindt wrapped chocolates and hopefully they still have them left to fill the boxes with for the month of December.

We had a blast! Sure do love those girls!
Chat at you soon!