This weeks thrilling prompts from Mama Kat included one that I just so happened to be working on ANYWAYS. Coincidence? I THINK NOT. While I'm nursing this stomach bug which has me cursed without ANY trace of an appetite AT ALL (my scale is giddy, my Jenny Craig Slimologist NOT SO MUCH), I've got plenty of time on my hands to browse the innernets for Advent Calender ideas. Sure I already HAVE an Advent Calender, but you guys, THAT one is for Christmas ONLY. I'm counting down till Pre-school starts back up again because I'm really an awful advocate for being a potential homeschooling parent. So here are some hands down, fabulous ideas for making your own Advent Calender and then you'll see what I've only half-assed created, seriously, hours ago.
Amy at Living Locurto came up with this stinkin' cute as all get out FREE Advent Calender Template. I may or may not have double checked my supplies to see if I could easily make both the Star Wars themed calender and the Santa Claus one. Not so much, but I still got some great ideas from her (and made sure to download the PDF for future purposes.) Go visit her site, her work is AH-MAAAAAY-ZING!
Maya from Maya*Made has not one, but TWO AH-MAAAAAAY-ZING ideas! First up? Look up there, what do you see? Do you see toilet paper rolls? Oh, yes you do! 24 to be exact. And those snowflakes? She used a fancy snowflake punch and security envelopes. Get the fudge out, AMIRIGHT? I totally had all of these on hand. ((Looks at own homemade advent calender and wonders if it's too late to torch it. I hear rubber cement is SUPER flammable...)) And here's her other Advent idea:
Once again, she uses toilet paper rolls. To make tiny houses. Hanging from tree branches. IN A COFFEE CAN. I have all these things! Let's blame the stomach bug on my lack of creativity.
So my initial idea was to cut my industrial strength poster board in half to make Lo and Lillie their own (dude, it was something close to 10 ply... that other post board wouldn't even TELL ME how many ply it was... therefore this board was obviously far superior, right?). I then wrapped it with some pretty snowflake wrapping paper and proceeded to take #10 security envelopes, cut them in half and glued them down with a healthy helping of rubber cement. My Husband and I were STONED OUT OF OUR MINDS... unfortunately, I didn't even get the munchies. It still stinks in here 4 hours later. While the rubber cement was drying, I looked through the Halloween Candy and divvied out two pieces per envelope along with a strip of paper with an activity printed on it (as a matter of fact we DO stash it for creative purposes later without telling the kids... thank goodness they're still young enough to not care).
This is my "semi" final product. What you don't see is the literal STACK of Winter/Christmas themed stickers and fancy papers sitting next to the calender. And yes, I am aware that my weeks are only 5 days long. Saturdays are make and take days at Michael's and Sundays are Church/Family days with their Grandparents. Activities and insane amounts of sugar are already taken care of for those days.
And then we have the treasured Advent Calender of MY youth...
I really can't wait till the little mouse gets into the last few days... I love Christmas more than y'all can possibly imagine.