advent calendar

December 2nd, 2008

Ta da! The advent calendar is done, well pretty much done. It’s a string of chirstmas lights.   One of you guessed correctly! But there were some good ideas out there: an advent abacus, a ferris wheel.  Next year.  There are only twenty lights, but I figure I’ll save some making for next christmas or add them if I have time this month (ha!). There are treats in the bulbs and the lights fit in their little sockets, but they aren’t held in by anything–just the power of felt.  This calendar is for lightweight treats only or bits of paper with sugarless activities on them. I went with candy because my kids are still young enough to think it’s the best thing in the universe.

I’d be happy to write up a quick tutorial (with patterns) if there are a lot of you that would like to make one. It’s not difficult at all.  The hand sewing is a little time consuming, but it’s nothing a few movies won’t fix. If you sewed the bulbs on it would make a nice Christmas decoration for this year (or next).  If you’d like to see more pictures of it you can click here and here.  And there are lots more fantastic calendars here and here.

41 Responses to advent calendar

  1. Melissa says:

    I would love a tutorial! Beautiful!

  2. Rochelle says:

    oh what a fabulous idea! I absolutely love it! I would adore a tutorial as well. I think I’ll make 2 – one as an advent, and another as a decoration. How fun. That would be a fun alternative to lights in the kiddos bedroom.

  3. Sally says:

    That’s so much fun! I’d love a tutorial please please please. :)

  4. Angie says:

    So cute. I’ve never seen your blog before but I love the advent. I will return hopefully to find some tips on how to make one myself?

  5. Amanda says:

    A tutorial would be awesome. I love all the different advent calendars I am finding in blogland!

  6. Lindsey says:

    I would love a pattern of this, so cute! It’s a great variation on the advent calendar. I would love to make one for my home.

  7. Shellei says:

    For real. I’ve been staring at your pictures over on flickr for a few days now, thinking I’ll unlock the mystery of how you got that yarm to look JUST LIKE the cord always looks. A tutorial would be greatly appreciated.

  8. Deb says:

    oh please, oh please, a tutorial please!!!!!

  9. Janna says:

    Oh my goodness! It is sooo darling! Can’t wait to see a tutorial.

  10. Steph says:

    Oh yes please, a tutorial would be great! This is one cool advent calender!

  11. Bunny says:

    Oh my goodness. That is PERFECT! I am positively itching to make one now. Between you and at least 30 other bloggers on my reading list, I have at LEAST three years’ worth of Christmas projects. Don’t get me started on projects for the rest of the year. Ha! :D

  12. Kristi says:

    Oh I would love love love a tute on this!! How original and clever and cute and and and and I could go on forever! YAY for your creative little head for coming up with this! I’m sure if I thought about it and played around I bit I could make one but I’m feeling a bit lazy this December and would just like a tutorial to go by haha!

  13. Linda Jones says:

    This is so perfect! Not only for an advent calendar, but for decorations in general. Wonderful!

    I would love to see a tutorial and/or pattern. I would love to work on these through out the next year to hang at home and to give to family.
    Thank you for sharing!

  14. brooke says:

    I love it! I think this may be the most original advent calendar I’ve seen this year..

  15. I Love this so much and would love a tutorial!!! We featured it on the RedPrairiePress blog today:

  16. HildeC says:

    What a great idea for an advent calendar! It is fabulous enough without treats in it, but the thought of all the little treats in it make it even better :-D