Tuesday, November 13, 2012

42 sleeps

Well, I blame this post on you lovelies. Well, some of you. And my neighbors. I was going to hold off of any more talk of Christmas for now, but then one of you (Andrea!) had to go and tell me in the last post that you’ve already got all your decor up. And so many of my neighbors have taken advantage of the weather we had over the weekend and started putting up lights…so I will avoid resisting for a day and just go with it.

Don’t freak out people! This will be the last of the Christmas talk…for a while. A little while.

Every year I love to share some of my favorite Christmas advent calendar ideas! I do this early in the season so you have time to put one of your own together if you wish.

Of course there are the stand bys if you just want to buy one – Pottery Barn never disappoints because they ALWAYS have one that involves buckets:

Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Advent Calendar

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There’s something about those buckets! I’ve heard you can find small ones at the dollar store in the wedding supplies if you want to try your own.

And I swear this one is in the PBK catalog every year, or a version of it. And every year I say I’m going to make one just like it:

Pottery Barn Telluride Advent Calendar

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I mean, it can’t be that hard, right? Green felt, some pockets. Not sure how I’d do the numbers. Maybe it is hard? Well, we’ll probably never find out because I doubt it’ll happen this year either. ;)

One I don’t ever have to worry about DIYing is the Lego advent calendar:

lego advent calendar

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The Bub is Lego-obsessed, so for the past three years this is one we don’t miss. I actually had to hide it so he would QUIT ASKING to open up the doors. ;) Torture for a little man.

Of course, what I love most about blogland is seeing the creative versions you all come up with this time of year.

Lucy’s bright, fun version made me smile BIG: 

diy bucket advent calendar

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They look like buckets don’t they? Nope! Dixie cups! Brilliant!!

I loved the simple version Chris made, and instead of trinkets inside it’s activities you can do over the season:

matchbox advent calendar jar

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This one from Women’s Day mag is similar, but just vertical instead:

matchbox advent

That would be such a fun little project for the kids to help with! They would LOVE it.

I saw Melissa’s idea years ago and just the other day decided I’m going to do it this year:

wrapped Christmas book advent

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She wraps up Christmas books for the nights leading up to Christmas. Doesn’t matter if they are old or new – the kids will LOVE opening them up! Can’t wait to do this one!

I was SO planning to do this cutie advent craft last year and just ran out of time – I have grand plans for this year!:

Santa beard advent

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LOVE it! You add cotton balls to Santa’s beard throughout the month. What a cute idea to make and give to friends and family with kids.

Roeshel’s idea was so simple, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it before!:

soda crate advent

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She just used an old soda crate (already had 24 spots) and stamped small boxes for inside. Uhhhh…why don’t I think of these things? I have a crate that would work perfectly for this!

Beckie came up with a DIY version of the Ballard pillow I highlighted last year:

advent calendar pillow

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It looks identical to the Ballard Designs one! Love it!

And I can’t get enough of the mitten advent idea, especially when it’s no sew:

mitten advent calendar

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Yep, Sarah had me at the “no” part. ;) This is so dang cute – and another one the kids would love helping with I bet!

Today’s post was perfect timing because the latest House of Fifty online magazine was published today:

House of Fifty holiday cover I’m thrilled to be inside sharing one of our traditions – my handmade advent calendar we’ve used for years! You can see more of this beautiful issue here.

If you’ve made your own advent, please feel free to leave it in the comments! I’d love to see them!

38 comments:

  1. Cute ideas! I will be decorating before Thanksgiving for the first time EVER!!!

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  2. All the pictures are so great thanks for sharing.

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  3. What wonderful ideas! I really like the Dixie cup one, because it's so versatile and so inexpensive. :)

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  4. Oooo I love the matchbox one and the cotton ball one. They are all so cute. And I totally encourage you for doing this early!

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  5. Love the post title, my kiddos count everything based on the "number of sleeps"! :)

    xo,
    Jen

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  6. I love the dixie cup version! Here's one I made this week. It's just stamped tags with a family photo behind each one. By Christmas Day you have 25 photos on display:

    http://makinglemonadeblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/simple-christmas-photo-advent-calendar.html

    Thanks for a great post!

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  7. Great photos. I love the lego advent set. So many nice ideas!

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  8. That is so funny because I just posted my homemade advent calendar yesterday. We must be on the same wavelength! Check it out here
    http://www.missiondecorate.com/2012/11/advent-calendar.html

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  9. I made one last year, and hopefully this year will actually write down the activities for us to do during the season!http://onlyfromscratch.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-dropcloth-advent-calendar.html

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  10. I just pinned this one. I think you would like this idea.

    http://jswfield.blogspot.com/2011/12/coca-cola-crate-advent-calendar.html

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  11. I don't think the link worked. Here is my Christmas Cheer pin board with the link called 'Coca Cola crate advent calendar'.

    http://pinterest.com/mhah/christmas-cheer/

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  12. The candy cane calendar is so bright and cheery. How can that NOT put a smile on your face!?
    -Anne
    www.hammer-and-heels.com

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  13. I am a self-confessed christmas-aholic. But would you believe I have never made an advent calendar before???? I would love to try one of these great ideas this year. Thanks!

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  14. So many cute ideas, Sarah! {thanks so much for including mine!} I love the buckets..might have to see if I can find some to fit into the crate this year. :)

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  15. FYI, Meijer has the Lego Star Wars Adevent Calandar 20% off this week. I got $10.00 off mine. Love my Meijer!!

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  16. FYI, Meijer has the Lego Star Wars Adevent Calandar 20% off this week. I got $10.00 off mine. Love my Meijer!!

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  17. I did the wrapped books last year, and my daughter loved it so much that she has already asked me if we'll be doing it again this year! I didn't have enough Christmas books of my own, so I got the rest from the library rather than buying them.

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  18. Thank you, Sarah! What great ideas..we love the Lego one too :)

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  19. These are great! Growing up, my family had a fabric tree similar to the one you posted, except the pockets were underneath and you decorated the tree until it was full on xmas eve. And then I always had a German chocolate advent calendar too. On December mornings my mom would keep the lights low and light a candle while I ate breakfast (and my chocolate!). It made the whole month feel special :)

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  20. FYI, it's not too early for Christmas posts!!! I really need them early because of a busy schedule. It takes me a long time to get any projects done. I do them bit by bit each week as I have time. And I'd like them done by Dec. 1 so I can enjoy them. Great ideas!

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  21. Thanks for sharing the great advent ideas. I like the Santa's beard one too. It does sound so simple, maybe I could actually do it.

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  22. Thank you for these great inspirations! I love the new one from PB! I always loved advent calendars when I was a child and my kids did too. Love them all!
    Leslie
    houseontheway@gmail.com

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  23. This is such a fun round-up! I love the Ballard pillow idea -- that is so cute! Can't wait to see you in my House of Fifty issue later this morning! :-)

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  24. ValenzMom (aka Helen)November 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Years ago, when my kids where young, my sister made them an advent calendar quilt that looked like a toy shop. They had to move a little stuffed bear with Velcro on his back around the shop to numbered areas that corresponded to the calendar date. On Dec. 24th, the little bear ended up on the roof in Santa's sleigh ready to go to some child's home. Now my daughter has that same quilt in her home for her children to use each Christmas.

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  25. Wonderful ideas! But I love the soda crate concept the most. I will definitely try it.

    Green Christmas

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  26. Both grandmas (my mom and my mother-in-law) made Advent calendars for my children. One is crosstiched with a poem and has 25 red ribbon ties on it - you tie a candy to each one and the kids take one off each day of December. The one my mom made is just like the one I had growing up - another homemade one. It has 25 little pockets at the bottom and at the top are 25 little hooks in the shape of a tree. In each pocket are miniature Christmas-themed ornaments. Baby Jesus is always in the last pocket. My daughter loves to organize the ornaments in the orrder she wants to put them up. Each morning she hangs a new one. We have one hanging downstairs and one up by their bedrooms. I love that they were made by the grandmas and can be passed down when the time comes!

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  27. I kind of cheated this year on my advent calendar -it was just too easy not to do. http://www.ourfifthhouse.com/2012/11/chalkboard-advent-calendar.html -
    I'm so ready to get my decking of the halls on!!! I'm already listening to Christmas music!

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  28. I LOVE advent calendars! I made what I called "O Little Town of Paper-Towel-Tube Bethlehem" last year :) It's much cuter than the description sounds, promise! Here's the link: http://agoodhomeblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/o-little-town-of-paper-towel-tube.html

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  29. What lovely ideas! I've been feeling a little pressured to start Christmas decorating early, too!

    http://designfluff.blogspot.com/

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  30. No need to apologize...it's never too early for Christmas. What a joyful, exciting, peaceful time of year! I'm going to see if I can get that Lego Advent Calendar on clearance after Christmas. I'm sure MY Bubby would love it. His favorite is the plain old chocolate window type that we purchase at Fleet Farm every year for like $2.99. Who doesn't like chocolate? Merry Christmas!

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  31. I love the mitten advent calendar idea -- it's a great mantle decoration, and it will be fun for the kids!

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  32. This will be our first year with an advent calendar... we will do the simple envelopes clothes pinned to a ribbon. I have it all ready to go, just need to hang it one Thanksgiving is over.

    I'm so excited about it because I know the kids are going to LOVE it!!

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  33. Thanks so much for featuring my Mitten Calendar Sarah! Such great ideas....and it's never to early for Christmas:) I'm counting the days until Thanksgiving just so I can start putting up my decorations!
    xo Sarah

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  34. This is a bunch of really great ideas. i want to do each one- how to choose?

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  35. Sarah thanks for the great round up. I just searched through my projects from last Christmas and remembered this one:

    http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2011/10/t-is-for-type.html

    Better hop to for this year, times'a'tickin'!!

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  36. Reading this post makes me so happy. . . I don't want to take credit where it's not due, but I think maybe I was the one who first told you about the Lego Advent calendar. I am SOOOO glad that the Bubs loves it! :)

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  37. This is possibly my favorite blog post of all time because 1) I am obsessed with lists and countdowns, 2) I used to love the advent calendar thing as a kid...I'd always fight with my sister on who got to move the mouse to the next little pouch in Santa's workshop, and 3) I can't wait for Christmas! Thanks for sharing :)

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