Simple steps to make an advent calendar

NellieBEllie: DIY advent calendar tutorial.

This DIY Advent Calendar may not be a gift to give. But, my kids sure thing it is more fun to get gifts FROM it!! And this DIY Advent calendar is easy, inexpensive, and fun!!
Do you have an advent calendar in your home?? Is it a tradition that your family just can’t do without?? It sure is in our family. I don’t know when I started. Or why I did?? I think I began it as a way for my toddler Katie to understand how much time until Christmas came. But, it’s become so much more!

Anyways, enough jabbering. Here’s the tutorial…

Supplies needed:
25 little stockings. (I got a pack of 4 for .99 from Walmart)
a large piece of wood, canvas, old picture…wrapped in burlap.
roll of Christmas ribbon
upholstery tacks or nails or…whatever.




1. cut the ribbon in strips the width of the stocking.



2. Hot glue the strip onto the top of the stocking (this just makes our stocking look a bit more…jazzy)



3. Use a Sharpie to add some fake stitching.



4. Use your tacks (or whatever you are using) to run twine across the board.



5. Before you attach that twine too well…run stockings on it.
tip: layout your stockings out before you start to get a feel for how you want it to look



Now here you can do your own thing…
Add numbers if you want to your DIY Advent Calendar. However you want.
I used little beads that had numbers and strung them on with ribbon.
But, you can use stickers, sharpie, tags…whatever you like!!
Or don’t…your kids will remember…guaranteed!

(also, to be honest…I framed out my calendar with some wood. just cause)

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I need to give you a heads-up. A what’s what. A hello…please be there??
On Thursday I am participating in this very cool, very…um…scary?? event…

 (click the picture to be taken to the post with all the links. You won’t want to miss it!)

I’ll be LIVE on Thursday at 12pm PST (2pm CST) hosting the topic…

My girls Four Marrs & One Venus and Mom 4 Real are joining me for a good time! Be there!

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