While Santa Claus and Frosty decorations have their place, especially in a child-friendly home, I am going for a more subtle look overall this Christmas. My decorations started with this rustic DIY Advent calendar, which I finally got up on the wall just yesterday.
I was inspired by a similar piece that I saw in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I don't have a lot of experience with crafts, but I thought this project looked pretty darn simple, even for someone like me.
And it would have been simple...if I could find the little muslin drawstring bags. I confidently headed to my local crafts superstore. I found the number stamps no problem, although they were a bit smaller than I would have liked, and a lot more expensive. Luckily, I had a 50% off one item coupon. I got a couple of green and red stamp pads too. But no muslin bags. I checked the dollar store too. No bags. With December 1st quickly approaching I decided I would have to stop my store searches and head online.
I eventually ordered the bags from a soap making supply company. Because the shipping cost more than the bags, I decided to throw in a lip balm kit too for $19.99. Same shipping costs. How's that for logic?
The bags arrived within a few days. In the meantime, I found some branches that a neighbour had sent to the curb. My husband fished some twine out of the basement. I bought some inexpensive Christmas toys to fill the bags with, including pencil sharpeners, rings and stamps. I used leftover Halloween candy for the rest. The kids would be disappointed if some candy didn't come from those bags. By the way, each bag has two identical items...to avoid fights!
I used one of my vintage Christmas stamps to stamp "Merry Christmas" on the December 25th bag.
Here is my Advent calendar project up on the wall. We had only one spot big enough to fit it. Also, we had to hang it a little high, because Jolene the sniffer dog can smell food a mile away. She could use that couch arm to pull down a few bags. Don't think she wouldn't. I caught her chewing on one of the empty bags. The bags arrived in a box stuffed with packing peanuts that smelled like they were made from cereal.
First a homemade doll dress, and now this? What's happening to me? It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I am actually having a great time, and I will have a homemade hostess gift idea for you soon too!
What do you think? How is your decorating going?