Seriously, I'm actually super excited about the end result! Ta - da!!!
This isn't really my "decorated" mantle, but it is a stand in until I "really"
decorate it and so the kiddos don't get into the calendar!
I found inspiration via searching on Pinterest for all of about 5 minutes,
then combined elements that I liked and knew I had
material for. So with that said...
Cork Board (trim painted in ASCP Old White)
Ron - Loc Muslin to cover cork (Spray Adhesive)
Thumb tacks - (yes...some are yellow, blue, whatever - they're hiding!)
Glue (or tape)
Printed my own numbers
Glued and Glittered the border on the numbers
(odds gold, evens red)
Cute little star punch ($ store???)
Paper for Writing Daily Activities in the Envelopes
Is that all??? I kind of can't believe I had all that!
Cut, knot, cut, knot, repeat for 25 times total! ;-)
I made a little bow "star" for the top of the "tree"
I rolled the edges and secured the fabric with Spray Adhesive.
This did take a bit of time, but was suuuuper easy.
The kids even helped a little bit here and there as they were interested!
I have to admit, I love this because our family is so, well,
sporadic shall we say, that I am planning to fill the
envelope each night after the kids are in bed. Then the hubby
and I can decide, "Hey, tomorrow let's say we're
going to The Nutcracker!" Well...that wouldn't be
completely sporadic, but we still don't have tickets because
we still don't know what day we're going - you following?!!! lol
Our first activity was "Bake Cookies With Mom". :-)
Nice and simple, huh? And honestly never done at our house.
There was definitely a lot of excited jumping up and down by the kids!
And Snickerdoodles and milk were our pre-dinner "snack". ;-)
Happy Advent Calendar Making!