Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

I'm so original with that subject eh?

Hello December how I love you!
You're cold, you sparkle, you host my beloved Savior's birthday (Jesus ya'll) in addition to My mom's, My niece's, Sister-in-law and my middle son's birthdays.... in that order :) It's a very busy month!

And a very expensive one! But you're also the month when I want to be the most creative. Creative craft ideas for the kids, creative DIY holiday decor on a budget, and serious bargain hunting on creative gifts for the whole family. :) #SeeWhatIDidThere

First order of creativity:

Having a holiday break for Thanksgiving last week, I needed to get my act together on the Advent Calendar I had learned about on Pinterest. It's a "countdown to Christmas" calendar for the whole family to partake in. There are so many amazing ideas out there! Check out the pins I've collected of my favorites ones! But to very honest -  I didn't have a budget NOR access to a craft store in Brooklyn. And I'm lazy like that. I don't leave Brooklyn unless I have to... like to go to work. So what's a mom to do?? I was so determined to start my Advent calendar this year with my boys. Start those traditions with them that they could understand and remember forever! (tissue here). So I dug up my decorations... nothing in there that I could take a part. Then I started looking in to my craft bins and I got overwhelmed. Too many goodies, too many ideas NOTHING that made sense. Finally, at about 11pm, I started to make my plan of attack: No candy, No toys. I am not spoiling these kids everyday until Christmas. I wanted to created something with meaning and influence...and something completely in expensive.

Here's what I came up with:

Products used:
  1. Bulletin Board from IKEA - (already owned)
  2. Flat-head Thumbtacks (in silver here) - .99 at local dollar store
  3. Rope - .99 at local dollar store
  4. 5x7 Index Cards - .99 at local dollar store
  5. Card Stock - I owned this already but a small pack cost me 7.99 at Target
  6. Puncher -  scored this at TJMaxx for 3.99
  7. Mounting squares (the kind used for Scrapbooking)- .99 at Dollar Tree 
  8. Mini Clothes Pins - 1 pk of 40 for .99 at local dollar store
  9. Stencil - .99 pack of 4 at local dollar store
  10. Gold Glitter - .99 at local dollar store
  11. Elmer's Glue - .99 at local dollar store... fight the temptation of gluing your hands together
  12. 25 really good ideas to fill your calendar with! (Free :)
And there you have it folks... all these items, most from my local dollar store - made this!

Instructions are easy-peasy:

  1. You want to begin by punching your cardstock - making 15 of each color (trust me, you'll want extras in case of a mishap)
  2. Using your stencil & sharpie, begin labeling each of your cardstock rounds with numbers 1 -25
    (obviously alternating colors into a pattern if you are using more than one color)
  3. Outline the number 25 using your Elmer's glue and sprinkle with gold glitter, remove excess and sit aside to let dry
  4. Placing your cardstock rounds to the side, time to write your index cards - TIP: you don't have to write all twenty-five in one seating... confession: from #15 - on, they're blank until #25... which is obvious: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
  5. Placing your index cards aside, use your rope to measure the length of your bulletin board and add about 3 extra inches. Cut 5 pieces of the same length
  6. Using silver or gold flat-head thumbtacks, pin down your rope. The extra inches you included will now leave you room to make little snoozes on the end, to put your tack through and pin it perfectly to the board.
  7. Place the board aside. Bring back your cardstock rounds and your index cards and the mounting squares. Place a square behind #1 and attach to your first index card, center it as best you can. I eyeballed my measurements, I'm not much of a "perfectionist". Do the same for all the other rounds & cards
  8. Finally,  grab your mini clothes pins (so darn cute!!), and gather the ends of your index cards, without folding them down. I found the bubble affect to gave it a special look. Clip with clothes pin to the rope. Do the same for all the others... and voila! You're done!

Happy Crafting!!

Comment if you want some ideas for your daily cards!!

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