Sunday, December 4, 2011

I found a really cute Advent idea in my Parent Magazine a few weeks ago that I wanted to try. I love this idea for Sadie because it is very hands on. She can scratch the paint off the cards each day to reveal a family activity for each night leading up to Christmas.

Advent clips
What you'll need:

25 1" wood circles, small number stickers (1-25), 2 colors of acrylic paint, paintbrush, 25 miniature clothespins, tacky glue

Make it:

1. Press a number sticker firmly on the center of each wooden circle. Apply acrylic paint over sticker and remove sticker immediately; let paint dry.

2. Paint the front of the clothespins in the second color; let dry.

3. Glue wooden circle to top of clothespin.

Advent cards

What you'll need:

Cardstock, scissors, clear packing tape, dish soap, acrylic paint, paintbrush, string

Make it:

1. Download the Advent cards using Adobe Acrobat Reader. All card text can be altered; customize it as you like.

2. Print cards onto cardstock and cut each one out along the dashed lines.

3. Place a piece of packing tape over the center of the card, covering text.

4. Mix 1 part dish soap to 2 parts acrylic paint and paint over the packing tape. Allow to dry completely. Once dry, repeat the process for a second coat.

5. Hang cards on string with clips.

I downloaded the cards and printed them on cardstock. Then I took the clear packing tape and placed it over the text.
Then I painted the circle wood chips and placed sticker numbers through 25 on them.
Then I painted the clothespins and use a hot glue gun to put the numbered chips on the clips.
The painting over the clear packing tape took the longest. You mix the dish soap with the acrylic paint and it requires several coats to cover and get it semi even.
Once done, I placed them down the hall on a craft line.