Every year I have this ambition to create an Advent calendar, and I have held onto this magazine since the early nineties to help inspire me.
But almost every year for the last two decades, Thanksgiving whooshes by and it skids into December. The Advent calendar does not happen. I must confess, I’ve only ever made one Advent calendar – until now, that is! I JUST MADE MY SECOND ONE! Woohoo! I got super motivated from this post at Apartment Therapy. After seeing those amazing ideas, I determined to dig into my craft stash and come up with something.
EXCEPT – I don’t have little ones who can open up each day on the calendar and find a treat. What to do? Hmmm… I thinked about it. And like a light bulb flashing, the idea danced before me. I would fill my days with gifts to give to others. I gathered up ideas from Life’s Little Instruction Book, One Good Deed a Day and culled a few from my own heart. The gifts are just simple things – like giving someone a compliment, buying a coworker a latte or giving balloons to a stranger.
I typed out what I would give to others, printed those ideas and grabbed my cardstock, packaging paper and thread.
I made star shapes in PowerPoint and printed and cut them out. I then used them as templates to trace stars on the card stock and packaging paper.
Once I had cut out 50 stars from the packaging paper, I began matching up pairs and sewed them together by hand. But before the last few stitches on each one, I stuffed in the gift idea for that day along with a cotton ball (to give it some dimension).
I gathered my stars together…
and placed them on this brilliant blue poster board I scored at Blick. The plan was to attach a thread to each brown star and hang it from the edge of the poster. The yellow stars would be glued onto the poster itself.
Note: I just taped the thread to the back of the poster.
After I attached the stars, I needed to frame them. I grabbed some more cardstock and with my blade, free handed some strips for the edges.
Something was still missing …it needed some bling. Beads or sparkle? Sparkle! I sprayed the glitter all over the calendar.
I numbered my stars and hung my calendar.
True confessions: I did not finish the calendar until December 7. 😀 I opened 7 stars last night and one this morning (lots of things for me to do today :). I couldn’t help smiling when I saw these precious little gifts I was going to give out.
P.S. Sorry about the glare on the calendar. Here it is minus 8 days and less glare. :O)