DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

Today, I wanted to share the Advent Calendar I have been working on the last few weeks, as it is finally complete! I went back and forth about many different ideas, but felt super inspired by the tags, fabric, and textures in this little project by Jones Design Company and all of a sudden I was ready to go for it.

I went to the craft store at a perfect time, too. All of their holiday fabrics were on sale (not that I needed much, anyway), and I got the holiday fabric and burlap for a total of $5.00. Woohoo! I had the doilies from some of the projects we used at our wedding, and they were ready to be re-purposed into snowflakes! (Another doily project here from our wedding). The large tags were just a couple dollars, and the wooden dowel was $1.00. So, not only was this project a fun and useful Christmas decoration, it was SUPER inexpensive!

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

I cut the holiday fabric into little squares and sewed them onto the paper tags. I am still learning to sew, and this was a great project for practicing straight lines, which from the close-ups photos you can tell I still have a lot to work on! Then we stamped the tags with numbers for each day, 1-24. For the burlap, I just folded the edges over to get clean looking sides and used a hot glue gun to secure it. I also used hot glue to attach the doilies. Finally, I cut down a wooden dowel, slipped it through the top of the fabric, and used some hemp twine to hang the whole thing. The tags were fastened using little pins through the burlap. I debated using an actual bulletin board behind, but I chose to go without so the whole thing can be disassembled and rolled up for easy storage!

Last year, a friend and I came up with advent activities, so I printed those out, selected the ones we would do this year, folded up the papers, and put each activity in a fabric pocket. I realized we definitely need more adult-friendly ones, as most of the activities we came up with were more aimed toward kids. Any activity ideas you can share would be much appreciated!

Day 1 of our advent activity this year will be setting up the Christmas tree, and I am just so excited to get started!

DIY Advent Calendar | The Urban Pig

A Graphic Rice Bag

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban Pig

I love unique packaging, so the other day when we were cooking and ran across this bag of rice, ideas started running through my head on how I could re-use it. Burlap is really popular, but I also love the bold colors and prints stamped on top of it.

My first idea was to make it into a pillow, I already had some stuffing so I packed it full — easy enough with the zipper already attached. But lately, I have started thinking of other things it could become, and I might consider doing something a little more special with it.

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban Pig

A few ideas I have:
1. Pulling the fabric tight and framing it as a picture
2. Adding to the previous idea and making it the backdrop of key hooks or a pin-up board
3. I’ve heard of people making them into heating pads (I would need to re-fill it with rice)

A Graphic Rice Bag | The Urban PigI’m a little bit stuck on this one so I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

DIY Autumn Wreath

DIY Holiday Wreath | The Urban Pig

I have loved being in Colorado so much, especially because a really good friend of mine who I have known since I was a kid lives here as well, and so we have had some fun doing Pinterest DIY projects together. She found this idea for an autumn wreath, so she, her mom, and I went to the craftstore where we all picked out wreaths and flowers to make our individual projects. Her mom also does a beautiful job at making bows from burlap, so she taught us how, and with a little help, we each had a unique holiday wreath.

DIY Holiday Wreath | The Urban PigDo you know that fully-decorated wreaths at craft stores can range from $20-100!? Our personalized ones, with coupons, each cost about $25. All you really need is a wreath ($3-$5), flowers, (the bundles tend to be cheaper, but I grabbed a bundle of white ones and a single orange statement flower), some burlap (we split a 10-yard roll for $6, each of us used 3 yards), hot glue and/or wire to attach your pieces to the wreath.

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DIY Holiday Wreath | The Urban Pig

DIY Holiday Wreath | The Urban PigSuch an easy (and classy!) way to add some holiday cheer to your home. (Except ours is currently hanging on our closet door while we wait to have a home…)

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