Happy Monday friends, and welcome to December! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with leftover pumpkin pie and holiday decorating! My weekend included both of those things, and I can’t wait to show you my home decorated for the holidays! I’ve been invited to participate in a holiday home tour this year, so I’ll only be showing snippets here and there (catch them on Instagram) up until the big reveal on the 11th. Until then, I’ll be sharing some fun holiday projects with you, like this wooden crate advent calendar I recently made for my kiddos.
Each December 1st my kids look forward to waking up in the morning to check their advent calendar for goodies. I usually fill the calendar with little trinkets such as small ornaments, inexpensive jewelry, poems, scriptures, and candies. As my children have gotten older, it’s gotten a little bit harder to find items that interest them (in my price range), and with my oldest getting ready to leave for college next school year, I thought it would be nice to send her off with some of her favorite ornaments from Christmases past. The problem was, our usual Advent calendar isn’t equipped for the size of most of the ornaments. While shopping at the Goodwill (in preparation for this fun blog hop), I came across a wooden egg crate, full of faux hay and wooden eggs, and about 2 years worth of dust. I nearly passed it over, but I liked the crate itself, with its 24 little compartments, and I thought maybe I could make something fun out of it. As I thought about it’s Christmas red color, and its 24 little compartments, inspiration struck and our new Advent calendar was born.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and you have this freshly cleaned, fun, whimsical Advent calendar that easily holds some of my daughters’ favorite ornaments from years past (along with a couple of new ones) with plenty of room left for candies and trinkets for my son.
There were a few small gifts that I wanted to surprise the kids with, so I wrapped some of them in burlap, tied with twine, and some of them in small boxes, wrapped in craft paper. I suppose you could wrap all of the items if you want your kiddos to be completey surprised, but I didn’t feel it was necessary with my older teens.
I’m not gonna lie, I shed more than a few tears as I carefully chose each ornament to be passed along to my daughter – remembering many years of decorating the tree together, with all of our favorite ornaments. There are still many Barbie and My Little Pony ornaments that will eventually make their way to my daughter, too, but I figured I’d keep with this fun, not- too- childish theme for now.
And that, my friends, is how this wooden egg crate came to be a fun holiday Advent calendar. Have you done any holiday crafting yet this season? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to! Connect with me on Facebook, Google + or Instagram.
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