ornament advent calendar


advent calendar idea
One of my favorite holiday traditions is our advent calendar. I enjoy creating it, and my kids definitely enjoy running to it each morning and finding their treat/activity. Last year, we did a puzzle advent calendar, where each day’s bag contained several pieces to put together, culminating in a completed puzzle, of course, on Christmas Day. We’ve done a matchbook advent calendar and a couple of years of garland-style, glassine bag countdowns filled with treats.

advent calendar

This year, due to a lack of empty wall space, I wanted something a little more compact. I found a vintage hanger, took kraft bags, twine, small treats and mini ornaments, and put them all together to create this year’s version.

advent calendar

I started by opening my hanger and tying three long pieces of jute twine to the top.

hanger advent calendar

I stamped my bags, filled them with small treats and used mini clothespins to hang them on the twine. I added a mini ornament for the kids to place on the tree each day.

advent calendar

advent calendar

It couldn’t have been easier, and I know the kids will have a blast with it!

kids advent

For more creative advent ideas, see this advent calendar compilation, and even more advent calendar ideas here!

diy glitter ornaments {a tutorial}

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I can’t say enough good things about these glitter ornaments. They are great for neighbor/teacher gifts, gift toppers, or to sell at holiday craft fairs! I chose gold glitter, but you could have so much fun choosing different colors (and even mixing different colors on the same ornament)!

Materials:
Mod Podge Gloss
Clear Glass Ornaments
Glitter (I used gold extra fine glitter)
Round Foam Brush and/or Paintbrush

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Step 1: First, you’ll want to take your Mod Podge, pour a little bit onto a piece of parchment paper or foil, and create your design on your ornament. I did simple dots, as well as free-form lines. Just don’t let this step take too long–Mod Podge dries fast!

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Step 2: Gently sprinkle your glitter all over the mod podged parts of your ornament. Let dry.

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Step 3: Once dry, use a dry foam brush to gently remove the excess glitter. You may have to go back and touch up some spots (I know I did!) Once completely dry, tie a pretty piece of twine or ribbon on end (if desired), and then make about a hundred more–these are so fun to create and gift, it’s hard to stop at just a few :)

glitter ornaments diy 1

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Have a lovely day!

how to make glitter ornaments {a tutorial}

diy glitter ornaments

In the midst of the busy holidays, it’s always nice to take a crafty time-out . . . and if your craft time produces cute ornaments that can be used as gifts or even gift toppers, all the better! These glitter handmade ornaments also do really well at craft fairs and there are so many ways to customize these cuties. Let’s get started!

Materials:

Mod Podge Gloss
Glass Ornaments
Extra Fine Glitter
Foam Brush or Paint Brush

ornament tutorial

Step 1: First, you’ll want to take your Mod Podge, pour a little bit onto a piece of parchment paper or foil, and create your design on your ornament. I did simple dots, as well as free-form lines. Just don’t let this step take too long–Mod Podge dries fast!

mod podge
Step 2: Gently sprinkle your glitter all over the painted parts of your ornament. Let dry.

mod podge
Step 3: Once dry, use a dry foam brush to gently remove the excess glitter. You may have to go back and touch up some spots (I know I did!)

mod podge ornament