Creations, Advent Calendar

Because the calendar gods are against us this year, you know, luring us into a false sense of plenty of time with this extra week before Thanksgiving, then unmercifully plopping Dec 1 on the Monday after turkey day, which will send us all into sheer panic

I am trying to outwit the calendar gods, by getting a few things done now.  In November   😱

I am trying to figure out how to have my front door look all fallish and festive for Thanksgiving and then have the pumpkins turn into Christmas trees on Friday, when this whole town will be decorating and fa la la-ing all over the place and I won’t be here and my pumpkins will look



BUT, inside, I will be ready!  Bring on Dec 1!

wood advent tree

I am retiring  our old worn out felt advent tree with ornaments that don’t stick any more

advent tree 4

And replacing it with a new one.   And it’s life size!

This tree is for Super Boy and Big E, who are here almost everyday…

A little holiday fun countdown~

elf guarding advent tree

I started with a big piece of wood that was a sign from last year’s Fiesta, I turned it over and spray painted it lime green

PicMonkey Collage

Then I sprayed a free form Christmas tree with dark green…


“What’s with the graffiti Christmas tree, Mom?” asked HHjr      Some people have no vision


This board is a cheap pressed wood board that soaks up the paint so I used the dark as a primer so I wouldn’t need to use so much of my good acrylic paint to finish the tree.  I painted over the sprayed outline, and adjusted the shape


I sprayed clothes pins red and added some stripes and dots


Then using a hot glue gun I spaced them out on the tree


Instead of numbering every bag, I made a number for the day, that way I can clip two bags together, in the same spot for each day

advent Collage

I glued card stock to red chevron wrapping paper using adhesive spray.  3 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11″ cardstock, cut into 8 rectangles, for 24 tags. I printed big numbers for the days on additional card stock and glued them onto the chevron cards

number Collage

I can reuse the numbers next year, clipping them back on the tree once the boys have gotten the bags for that day


After an outing to the Dollar store, I laid everything out and decided what would go in each day.  Some things were $1, but many were $.50 or less


Large items that won’t fit in a lunch sack will be found on a treasure hunt, like these coloring books.  They will find a small box of crayons in their sacks, and a note with a hint of where to look


All the surprises are holiday oriented, light-up reindeer noses, antlers,  books, ornaments, etc.  Little Christmas stockings holding a surprise lump of chocolate coal will be found close to Christmas to remind them to keep being good!

stockings with coal

Sleigh bells are for December 24, when they can pretend to hear Santa and his sleigh on the roof

sleigh bells for Dec 24

I have some empty bags, still to fill, with goodies and ideas I find as December rolls along

advent calendar

We are going to be “growing candy canes” and drinking “melted snowmen” and maybe baking a cookie or two

advent tree

Right now the “tree” is hiding nearby behind a screen in the dining room, ready to put in the kitchen Dec 1

So there, calendar gods!

elf on guard

The Elf on the Shelf will be on duty to ensure there’s no mischief~Super Boy has great respect for the Elf and I’m sure he’ll have no problem telling his little brother not to peek


So are you ready for the countdown?

This calendar is easy to make and you could do it on a much smaller scale, on a small board or a bulletin board

Clothespins and lunch bags make quick and inexpensive sacks for surprises. A lot of calendars hold a special thought, or spiritual reference for the day, instead of an actual item.  I didn’t want to load mine up with sweets, but rather activities and imaginative play.

When they get a little older, I am going to give them more thoughtful tasks to do in a giving spirit, but for this year, we’re just going to have a little fun 🙂


I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my sidebar and:

Between Naps on the Porch

The Scoop

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18 Responses to “Creations, Advent Calendar”
  1. That looks so exciting! What kid wouldn’t love it! Advent begins one week from today, with the countdown for Christmas. I also have a post today about the Advent tree. Have a wonderful Sunday

  2. Scribbler says:

    You are so imaginative and creative!

  3. Kathleen says:

    Adorable! Our 5 gkids won’t be here until Cmas, I gave them a religious themed Advent Calendar when the first one was born. We are big on tradition, so that will be used till they are grown. Your gkids are very lucky to have you , such a fun tree.

  4. Sally says:

    I want to be Fox and Eli. Lucky them.

  5. CoziNest says:

    Jenna, you are such a good grandmother! What fun they must have at your house! I will have to share this post this week. It’s a great idea and a great example of what Christmas is all about… the joy of giving. So take that calendar gods!

  6. Lynn says:

    I love it! I really wish the Elf on the Shelf was around when my boys were little, that would have been a blast! Have fun with the kids Jenna:@)

  7. Kim says:

    This is adorable, Jenna! I know your little ones will love this Christmas tradition. Personally, I think the graffiti tree is a stroke of genius. 😉

  8. Mary says:

    Jenna, This so creative and genius! I love that you repurposed your fiesta board and the the addition of the festive red and white painted clothes pins and reusable number on the paper bags makes your advent calendar so much simpler to use year after year! The calendar gods have me in panic mode…yikes! We just got back from a long weekend out of town and turn around to leave Wednesday for the Thanksgiving. I would love if Santa’s sleigh stopped by to drop off a fully decorated tree with all the trimmings while were gone…*sigh*

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