Cutest Advent Calendar Ever

I'm so excited that Christmas time is almost upon us. It feels like we skipped Thanksgiving this year and are only focused on Christmas. I decided I would get a head start on some of my Christmas crafts like organizing our Christmas cards and making an advent calendar. I got my act together and designed and printed our Christmas cards just after Halloween....now I'm just waiting for December 1st to send them out :)

Today, I decided I would make an advent calendar to hang in our apartment. I saw a few advent calendars on Pinterest and thought I would try and make my own. Tyler and I thought it would be fun to mix things up this year and spread out presents and activities throughout the days leading up to Christmas. So, I took the odd dates and he has the evens. We are doing some presents but are mainly going to plan fun NYC activities and surprise each other. Here's a picture of the finished product:


Here's how I made the advent calendar....It was really, really easy, but soooo adorable!

Supplies:
  • 2 yards burlap sack
  • Print out this mini stocking pattern for tracing
  • 24 mini clothespins
  • 24 mini wood circles (they come in a package with 3 sizes at Michael's. I used the large one and there were at least 24.)
  • 1 piece of red cardstock paper
  • 1 gold sharpie
  • Zots or double sided tape
  • 2 rolls of ribbon (I alternated between green and a red and white stripe.)
  • 1 packaged of gold jingle bells
  • Sewing machine

Step 1: Purchase 2 yards of burlap material. Most craft stores will carry burlap.
Step 2. Fold the material in half and use this mini stocking pattern. I traced mine on cardboard so it was easy to trace with.


Step 3: Cut out 24 mini stockings.
Step 4: Sew the 24 mini stockings. Place right side to right side together and sew about 1/4 inch from the edge of the material. Be sure not to sew the top so you can turn the stockings inside out.


Sewn 1/4 inch.

Sewn mini stocking.

Step 5: Turn the 24 mini stockings inside out. You may need to go back and re-sew a few if you find mini holes in the stockings.


Step 6: Now, it's time to decorate the stockings! I used 2 colors (red and green) and 1 roll of each ribbon. I cut the ribbon, slid a gold jingle bell on to the end and knotted the ribbon. The ribbon should be snug enough that it doesn't slide down the stocking.

Step 7: Trace 24 circles on red cardstock paper and cut them out. Use either double sided table or Zots (double sided tiny circles from Micheal's) to secure the cardstock on to mini round, wood circles. Using a gold pen, write the numbers 1-24 on the red circles.


Step 8: Using a Zot (or double sided tape), secure the numbers on to a mini clothespin.

Step 9: Hang your stockings on a ribbon for everyone to see :)



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