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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Advent Calendar {Wooden Tree, Questions, Photo Advent Calendar}





November is all about the Advent Calendar.

Well MAKING the Advent Calendar.

Dec 1st will be here before ya know it!

I have a love of advent calendars {as my pinterest account will attest for}

There is just too many I love - so this year I combined 3 ideas I saw into one.

See:  Family Reflections Advent  Wooden Tree Advent and vintage Photo Tree


As our family is growing older I really liked the idea of a interactive non sweet advent calendar {Though I may add some little sweets in bags and peg them on too for a few days} and I really want Christmas to be about slowing down and spending family time. I'm looking forward to sharing and asking  these  questions around the breakfast or dinner table each night.



You'll notice I only do a 12 days of Christmas. We are often busy in December, and with travelling and holidays 12 days suits us and feels more achievable. The 12 days also usually starts around the same time school gets out. Don't worry I have several other paper window and other advents around that go for 24 days too ;)

How to make this tree:

I followed the instructions on This Tutorial to make our tree. My trusty crafty friend helped me and my trusty handy husband cut all the wood for me! Made my job so easy! It's basically just 6 bits of wood screwed {and a little glue} into one longer middle piece. Then PVA glue some pegs on.
Attach a picture hook to the back so you can hang it easily.




I wish I would have white washed painted it. Maybe I still will. Or next year ;)





I printed some vintage and some newer Christmas pictures small. 12 photos per sheet.
Attach to pegs along with Family Reflections Questions.
Attach Bicarb, cornflour dough ornament advent numbers on.
Decorate.
{I'm still fiddling with my decorations. Maybe it needs some crocheted stars/snowflakes}



Enjoy!


Previous Advent Calendars:  Here

Some ideas for advent fillers:
Gum
Kinder Chocolates
Pencils
Hair Ties
Nail Polish
Balloons
Movie Tickets
Glow Sticks
Stickers
Lollies
Sippah Straws
Mini Decorations
Secret Letters to eachother



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