Hellooooooo....anybody out there? Do you still remember me around here? Ugh, it feels like it's been forever since I've been able to post anything. I actually have one of the sneak peek projects completed, I just haven't had time to take the pictures yet. But...I just finished up a little Christmas project and I wanted to share it with you to kick off December....a day late.
Let me just start off with a little explanation. I love the idea of advent calendars. How it helps the kids countdown to the big day, builds the excitement, gives them a special little treat each day, etc. Some people have a traditional calendar that they use every year. But when my daughter was a baby I decided I wanted our tradition to be to have a new and unique calendar every year. And so I've been saving pictures and ideas ever since. She's now 4 years old and sadly enough this is the first year I've actually completed one. I'm big on ideas and puny on follow through. I kept telling myself, "Oh she's too little to know the difference anyways." Haha, good excuse for pure laziness and procrastination.
So this year comes along and I decide that I HAVE to do one this year, no laziness allowed! November kept creeping along, and I was running out of time. Then one day, in the not so distant past, I came across this idea of using toilet paper rolls. It seemed easy and quick, I already had a good stash of tp rolls just waiting for a great project, and I knew I had a stack of Christmas scrapbook paper that I've had forever, so it was perfect.
Well.....it took much longer than I expected it to, mine didn't turn out as smooth and perfect looking as hers, but I like them. My original plan was to hang them in some creative way, but after committing about 5 hours to cardboard rolls my creative juices were drained and I just dumped them all in a bowl.
It works. : )
I used scrapbooking papers and embellishments that I already had.
I tried to make each one different and unique in its own way, but without going overboard. Afterall, these are for a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old. As long as there's candy inside they wouldn't have cared if it were inside a dirty sock.
|Some of them have the numbers written on the back.|
I put a couple of pieces of candy or gum in each one (leftover Halloween stash), and a few of them have a slip of paper for something extra special for that day; such as "Bake cookies with Mommy," "Stay up late for popcorn and a movie," "Skip naptime and bake a Christmas cake for Daddy," etc.