*Note I apologize for the size of the photos. Normally uploading them to blogger is fast and easy but lately my internet connection has been awful and it was taking awhile so I used photobucket.Even after resizing they are still big. Hopefully you get the gist of things.
I made this up today. I am running behind. I meant to sit down and make cute little envelopes and add our daily activities to each one.Instead today I combine the envelope idea with another which is the lighted fabric garland.
I meant to hang it up horizontal vs. vertical but as you can see (maybe) my outlet is wayyy down the wall here. I wanted to hang it off the 1/2 windowsill but there is no outlet on the entire wall on that side of my kitchen. I can not explain how frustrating it is to put anything over there to decorate.
First gather your supplies ~
Ranch dressing no.You don't need it. I promise.
You do need :
Some fabric scraps, scissors,a small light strand of christmas lights that work.I used a 35 count strand I found in my christmas box that my girlfriend gave me.
Did you know if you replace the beginning bulb AND the ending bulb of lights on your strand with those red tipped bulbs in the little baggie of extras that come with your lights, your lights will then Blink? Cool huh ? Learn something when you read instructions LOL. My bad.
Cut your scraps into strips of fabric. My strips are about 1" wide and 6" long just about each. I winged it on a few of them since the scraps were smaller.
Rocket science was'nt it ? Tie your strips of fabric onto the light strand. I did about 3 strips between each light.
Then you have a strand of lights all prettied up. Hang them on your mantle. Hang them on a banister.Hang them on a headboard or in a kiddos room across some curtains for a "nightlight". These are very versatile and not only for the holiday season. In fact my next strand of lights are going to be purple most likely and used in my daughters room.
I used this strand to hang our advent calendar envelopes from.
Because my first one ,was kind of ghetto.
All my advent calendar cards are is some fancy die cut snowman cards with envelopes I found at the goodwill for $2. I wrote a daily activity on each one and the day on the front. I only have 15 up at the moment because I have not added more to my list yet. I am working on it though. This is new to us tradition wise so please excuse my fumbling along here.
Next crafty wise I whipped up a baby gift yesterday to deliver to my girlfriend who just had a baby 3 weeks ago. My family has been sickly and I did not want to pass along germs so I have stayed home. I took a 2 liter bottle ,rinsed it out really well, cut a u shaped hole in it, and stuffed it full of baby stuff and shred pretty paper. I then found a printable boy shower themed water bottle label online. I printed it, folded it in half and taped it onto the bottle covering the hole.
It came out cute, and she really liked it. I topped it off with a pom pom hat for extra cuteness of course.
If you would like to borrow my small 15 days of christmas list to apply for your own advent calendar go ahead.Here are my activities~!
Paint everyone’s toenails
Have hot chocolate with all the fixings (Im thinking BIG marshmallows)
Write letters to Father Christmas/Santa
Have an indoor picnic
Have breakfast for dinner (Pancakes,Bacon,Eggs,The works)
Make decorations for the tree
Watch a christmas movie with popcorn
Send Christmas Cards
Decorate a gingerbread house (or graham cracker cause some of us think gingerbread is gross LOL)
Bake Christmas cookies
Unwrap a book to read x3 (christmas themed story)
Make holiday wreaths (full size and small ones)
Learn something new about Christmas in a different culture.
Hope you enjoyed our easy tutorial today. Now that the girls are home we will post Friday Favorites later this evening.