I am so thrilled to be kicking off our “DECK THE HALLS with the Crafting Chicks!” I can’t think of a better way to kick off December than making your own Christmas Countdown Garland. I LOVED making this project. I was able to mix a little digi scrappin’ with some adorable paper, ribbon and my favorite, ric-rac. But the best part was incorporating our family traditions in the Christmas countdown activity cards that are part of this adorable garland. A treasure to have throughout the years. SO…let’s get started with instructions:)
Christmas Countdown Garland:
Supplies you will need to make a Christmas Countdown Garland:
-Cute Christmas numbers 1-25, digi or from a craft store
-Little cards with activities to do with your family at Christmas time (25 ideas or traditions)
-Festive Scrapbook paper
-Ric-rac and ribbon
-Adhesive, scissors, and a paper cutter
-Library book pockets (explanation below)
-Miniature wooden clothes pins
-ink pad to ink the edges just a bit
I loved how Brooke admitted that she was a craft hoarder/pack rat in one of her posts. I am the same. I always think, hmmmm…maybe I could use that. And then I stow it away like a little rat in my craft closet. Well, I must say this is one of those times that I am grateful to be a pack rat (my husband would not agree!). I had these little library book pockets (remember how they would be inside each book cover and then the librarian would stamp a card with their date stamp and then put it back in the envelope?) Well…I’m not even sure WHY I had these…(seriously could not tell you where I got them), and I had thought of throwing them out before….but I’m glad I didn’t because they sure made a cute project. I think you may be able to find these at any office supply store/office supply aisle at a store.
On with the steps…
Second: Print and cut out, or write on small cards your countdown activity ideas.
Here were some of my Christmas Countdown Activity Ideas:
Go sledding/ice skating, make a Christmas craft, make a home made ornament, family service project, make hot cocoa, pajama/waffle day, list what you are grateful for, make a treat to share with others, decorate Christmas cookies, go see the lights, go caroling, watch a Christmas movie, read Christmas stories, sing Christmas songs by the tree, listen to the Nativity story, write letters to Santa, build a gingerbread house, build a snowman with daddy, visit Santa, make Christmas cards, and some activities to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Now you are ready for the fun part! Stuff your envelopes with the activity cards. I was able to decide which activity would work with each day. Most were pretty easy, quick activities (I put these in week nights). I saved the bigger activities for the weekend.
I then found a place to hang my garland. I had a hard time choosing. It looked cute hanging across my doorway arch, above my fireplace and even just on my wall. I decided to have it going down my stairs. My kids are so excited for December 1st!
What are some of your Holiday Traditions? We would love to know.
Now here is a Little Present for each of you!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy Holiday Crafting! xoxo Jamie