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!
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!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 11/19/2014
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 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)
I’m a little bit stuck on this one so I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 10/11/2013
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.
Do 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.
Such 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…)
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 09/27/2013