Thursday, October 18, 2012

Advent Calendar by Carolyn


Carolyn King went above and beyond with her advent calendar assignment! Feast your eyes on this wonderfully interactive holiday calendar!

Carolyn says, "For my advent calendar, I created a "Countdown to Santa" wall hanging. I wanted to keep the supply list fairly simple so I used one paper collection, twine, and SRM stickers. The base of the calendar is a tray that I covered with paper. I covered the handle with twine and I added SRM sentiment strips along the top of the paper. I used craft tins that I found at my local craft store to serve as treat holders. I actually adhered these directly to the tray so that you can only remove the lid. I thought it might be easier than velcro as far as long term durability. (My son would tear them right off if he knew candy was involved and I doubt they would survive more than one holiday!)"


"Each tin is embellished with stickers and paper from the same collection and then I added the SRM We've Got Your Number-Large stickers to each tin for each day."


"I added other SRM stickers onto some of the tins (for example, the "Jolly" on the 3rd, the "Happy" on the 10th, the "Merry" on the 13th and "Joy" on the 19th. They are all from the Say It with Stickers - Christmas sheet."


"Here is how the tins work...you just lift the lid of the day you are on and take out the treat (or, in our case, the slip of paper that tells you where to look for a clue; I leave clues all around the house leading up to the final spot that is the treat!) The kids really look forward to finding the hidden surprise!"


How inspirational, Carolyn, thank you!

18 comments:

Valerie said...

I love this, the tins are so clever and beautifully decorated in the frame!

Deborah Anton said...

Wonderfully done!! I'm always checking out ideas for advent calendars! Yeah... I'd have to screw my tins to the board otherwise the boys would grab hold!! :)

Deborah Anton said...

Wonderfully done!! I'm always checking out ideas for advent calendars! Yeah... I'd have to screw my tins to the board otherwise the boys would grab hold!! :)

catdidit said...

Oh wow! How did I miss this!? This rocks Cammie! Love the idea of using the tins, and how you decorated them...and such a neat thing to do with the clues too!

Tami Mayberry said...

I almost missed this! So glad I didn't because it is super cute! Wish someone would leave treat and clues for me. That would be awesome! :)

Claire Brennan said...

Absolutely stunning!! beautiful heirloom piece!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Gorgeous - and such a great idea! I know you have my address, Carolyn!!! :)

NinaB said...

This is beautiful, Cammie! I've always wanted to make one but can't find those little containers here.

Lori Craig said...

This is really cute, Cammie! Love that you used that frame. I've had one of those for over a year...waiting for an idea. Love this!

Shannon said...

Carolyn,

This calendar is amazing! I love the colors you used and how versatile it is! Thank you for all the amazing work you do for SRM! You are such an inspiration! <3

Cindy Lawrence said...

So beautiful and clever, Cammie! What a great idea for that frame....genius!

Corinna McGregor Barth said...

Cammie, this is adorable!! And I love that they are little tins to put goodies in. We do our annual advent calendar each year, but I think I might need to make a new one! :D

Kim O'Connell said...

OH! This is so FUN! Great job! What a fantastic idea!

Kim O'Connell said...

OH! This is so FUN! Great job! What a fantastic idea!

Christine said...

Wowzers, this is fantastic Carolyn! i love the added detail of how you attached them, can definitely relate to little boys and candy!

h_borgers said...

Very very cool!

~jan said...

So clever and creative! Using the tins was such a great idea - love this!

Cindy Groh said...

Stunning. Love it.