You know, there is something to be said for creative inspiration born of necessity. And I have wanted to make an advent calendar but I was unsure how or where to put it. But my criteria was to make it, find a place for it, and use what I have but still try to make an impact.
I am IN COMPLETE LOVE WITH IT!
Each numbered box is a take out box leftover from my Fortune Cookie Thanksgiving Favors.
The boxes contain an assortment of Christmas goodies like little chocolates, ornaments, stickers, or activities which I coordinated with my calendar. Those activities could be baking cookies, doing a Christmas craft, or our family tradition of getting in our pj's, and driving in our car to look at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate and eating popcorn. The girls literally talk about that one all year long. :o)
amazing idea from Milk and Cookies and you can find a printable included with it which is what I used inside my boxes. I am really excited to do this with the girls!
Those little snowflakes back there are popped in a random bottle with sugar.
I am all for an "anything goes" mentality with free decor. :)
BOX #17 DOWN! BOX #17 DOWN!!!!!!
Whew. Box #17 made it back up. ;)
Some takeout boxes and ornaments bravely lost their lives during this project.
I think I love the randomness of it best of all. Like using ordinary objects such as spools of twine or a mitten gift card holder to make the color scheme work.
I'm also rather smitten with how some boxes are hung high, attached to the back of the bookcase or elevated by a candlestick or something. The varying heights make it look interesting and fun although I think I should have backed the bookcase with a red fabric or wrapping paper or something. It looks too washed out up close but as a whole I do think it looks very pretty. It is simple and fresh with the red and white.
I was going to do a separate post on these white trees but I wondered if y'all might be "treed" out by now. But if you are interested, I used felt, yarn, and paper flowers for those and used straight pins for all of them so I could reuse the cones at the end of the season.
Oooh...the final box. Are you supposed to do Christmas Day on an advent?
I see it both ways so I just went for it.
Merry, Merry & Fa La La