I know it is a little late to share an advent calendar for this year, but it is not to late to start thinking about year!
My kids take turns each day putting up an ornament on the tree.
A simple homemade countdown to that very special day!
Since I made this so long ago, I will not have a full picture tutorial, just a written tutorial.
Supplies you will need:
1 1/2 yard of red felt (for main piece, and pockets)
1/2 yard of green felt (for tree)
1 sheet of white felt (for letters)
Several sheets of felt for ornaments, any colors you want
glitter glue, different colors (I used from the dollar store)
Hook and eyes, or velcro and hot glue gun
Red thread (sewing machine)
Dowel (to hang)
Stencil for letters and numbers
- First you need to cut the main piece of red felt, mine measures 19 1/4 wide by 31 1/2 tall.
- Next cut 4 strips of red felt 17 1/2 inches long by 3 inches tall. These will be your pockets.
- Then cut the tree in green felt, mine is 13 1/2 tall from the tip of the tree to the base, and the base is 16 3/4 wide at the very bottom. You can just eye ball the rest, I drew it on paper to make a pattern.
- Then with brown felt I cut a 2 1/2 inch square for the tree trunk.
- Sew on strips: I put the strips of red felt at the bottom and pinned them in place. First I sewed across the bottom of each strip. Then I sewed down the edges, and pocket dividers in straight lines. So that means I sewed seven lines from the top strip to the bottom strip. I measured so that each pocket is approx 3 inches wide. (don't worry if they are not perfect, mine are not, and you can't tell)
I used this stencil to cut my letters and numbers.
Then I glued on the stump and tree, and letters and numbers with this glue.
I am not going to show you how to make these, I just used felt and glitter glue and what ever embellishments I had....You can make any kind of ornaments you want! I wanted them all different so it was fun trying to come up with ideas. I drew each ornament on paper to see what I wanted and then drew them on the back of the felt and cut them out. And, I am obviously not an artist....
Just make sure the ornaments will fit in your pockets when you are making them, and have fun!
This is when I was having the revelation that I should have just hot glued or craft glued the velcro to the tree and ornaments.... HELLO!
If you choose to use the velcro option (which I recommend) here are a few tips:
- Put the rough velcro on the tree and the soft velcro on the backs of the ornaments, that way they won't get caught on the felt when the ornaments are stored in the pockets.
- I also covered the tree with paper towels and then rolled it up so the rough velcro wouldn't snag the felt, this is when you store it for the next year.
- I colored the rough white velcro with a green Sharpe so that it matched the felt on the tree.
- You could try using the craft glue to attach the velcro, if you use hot glue be aware that on light colored felt it might show through, you could layer the felt to prevent this.
That's it! It was a fun project and was well worth the effort, I had gotten the idea from my husband's childhood, they had their own version.
I just went looking through my old photos and found the one my husband used growing up.
Isn't it cute?!
Do you use an advent calendar?
I am linking to these great parties! Somewhat Simple, Beyond the Picket Fence, The Shabby Creek Cottage, House of Hepworths, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Stone Gable, Common Ground, The 36th Avenue, Joyful Homemaking, My Repurposed Life, One Creative Mommy, Love and Laundry