Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Advent/countdown Calendar

Countdown calendar
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist

Growing up our advent calendar was a paper one with little windows you opened up every day to reveal a new picture. from what I understand this was a real pain because the pictures were changed out every year using old Christmas cards. We also had a felt one that had peppermint candies tied to it for each day in Dec.

I have been debating for a while what I wanted to do for my daughter for her Christmas countdown. There are lots of really cute ones out there but I wanted one handmade. My cousin Betz has the best one ever but seemed bigger than i wanted with alot of work to find the right book and my traditional cross stitch field was not yielding any thing I liked.

Then I saw this on Michaels store website, and thought, let me see if i can make that less cutesy and more festive. (and bigger). I am kinda surprised at myself as it is more contemporary than what I usually like.

close up
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist

My plan is to have lots of different things in the tins for each day,
Like one might have candy, the next an ornament to put on the tree, and the next a little note to tell of a holiday event to do that day, like decorate/bake cookies. I think i need to tweak it a bit, I used velcro to attach the tins (per instructions), but I am thinking glue would be better.

Sorry about the photo quality the shinyness of the tins combined with the flash kinda cancelled everything out.


Erica said...

That's a really neat advent calendar!

Are the 'wreaths' metal? If so, you could probably attach a really good magnet to the back of the tins and then they'd stick to the wreath.

I may need to make something similar for my boys!

Sharon said...

That is a really cool advent calendar! I saw another neat one here if you want to take a look.

Sharon said...

That a really cool advent calendar! I saw another neat one here. If you want to take a look.

Cathy said...

I'm re-thinking the velcro on the back of our advent calendar, too. The squares don't hang just right. I might have to add another velcro to make them more even, if that makes sense. This is adorable, and I like that you can fill it with little things.

Suzanne said...

That's a great advent calendar!

saras said...

Hey, I can't find the advent calendar on the Betz White site.

Carolyn NC said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love, love your advent calendar. Just how big is it? And where did you get your tins? Did you use Cardstock for the tops, and wreath? It's just awesome!