Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DIY Christmas Advent

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! I feel like we just had Halloween last week (but it also feels like it was a year ago...)

I just love this time of year and I am so grateful to have the best little girl to share this with.  It really is the little things that make life special!  So making the holiday's just that for Ellie is what I am most looking forward to!

I thought I would share a quick little DIY with you all today!  Its our Advent Calendar.  I saw something similar to it at Pottery Barn (similar) a few years ago, but was not going to pay that and figured it would be simple enough to recreate. 

Here is what you are going to need:
an over the door shoe organizer (similar here) 
number stencils (similar here)
paint (here choose whichever colors you like)
stencil/pouncer brush (here)
scrap paper

first you are going to want a level surface to lay your shoe organizer on (preferably one you aren't worried about spilling paint on). Then with your scrap paper, place a piece in each shoe compartment. This will help with any bleed through.

second you are going to want to determine your color pattern (if using multiple colors) and squeeze out your paint onto a paper plate or other surface, pounce your brush in to coat and then begin stenciling.  What I found to work best was to do all the 1's and 2's in a single color first, then fill in with the remaining numbers in the same color.  Once all the white was done I moved onto the red and repeated the process.  I had to wait a while for drying when I got to the double digits since my stencil overlapped.  Once all your numbers are painted let dry overnight and then hang up!

third thing I did was come up with a list of activities for us to do on various days.  This year I finally made "permanent" ones that fit into envelopes that fit in each compartment.  I didn't number the envelopes so that we could switch up the days in the coming years.  This was the most time consuming part but still only took me about 45 minutes.  I used cardstock, colored pencils, and Pinterest to help me come up with text/fonts and decorations on each.  I am so looking forward to enjoying this with Ellie in the years to come!

Examples of Advent Activities:
go ice skating
visit Santa
watch a Christmas Movie
bake cookies
sit by the fire
do a Christmas craft
go on a sleigh ride
visit a tree farm
read a Christmas book
host a holiday party
go to a holiday play/musical
drive around to look at Christmas lights

And then what Advent Calendar is complete without some chocolate?  I like to wrap up a few small presents to put in various day pockets just to keep things fresh!

Do you do an advent calendar in your home? I would love to know how you do yours!!

♥ Ashley

Our Pretty Little Girls


  1. We used to do an advent calendar every year for Christmas and I have the best memories of it! This will be so much fun for Ellie.

  2. I love this! What a cute idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love the Advent calendar. I haven't done one before, but hope to soon! :) Thanks for linking up with us!

  4. I do love this advent calendar idea to. If I would have seen it first I may have gone this way. Thanks for linking up!

  5. oh my gosh! This is such a great idea! I never would have thought about used that. Thanks for sharing this idea

  6. A show organizer! Now that is clever. We use one for Aria's clothes at the moment. No closet space sadly. Lots of room in there too to really put some stuff for the advent! That is fun.


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