December 1, 2011

No Sew Mitten Advent Calendar


 Growing up, my sister & I always had advent calendars. Mind you, they were the kind that came in the cardboard box and you would lift the flap and find a lovely piece of cheap tasting chocolate, but oh how excited we were when every morning , we got to open the little paper window and find a tiny chocolate Santa peaking out from behind!!! Christmas just wasn't the same without our advent calendars! So I wanted to make a special one for my boys that we could use over and over again every year.


 Cole has been asking me EVERY day, "Mom, is it Christmas yet?!" so this calendar will also be handy in teaching him a little more about the days of the month.


Here's how I did it. I used felt that I got from Joanne's & Micheals, as well as some felt snowlake stickers that I also found at Micheals.


On a piece of paper I drew the shape of a mitten to the size I wanted it and cut it out. I then traced the mitten shape onto my felt using a disappearing fabric marker. You want to cut out 2 pieces for each mitten, so I just folded the felt in half and cut out 2 at a time.


Next I just cut some random shapes out of the contrasting colored felt to use as the mitten cuffs, etc. I layed them all out so I could see how they all co-ordinate together.


To add the numbers, I painted them on using Martha Stweart craft stencils and some craft paint. Make sure you mix the paint with 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts paint. (I did this step before gluing the mittens & embellishments just in case I messed up!) When painting on the stencils, you should use a stencil brush, but I just used a foam brush and dabbed it up and down. Worked just fine:)


And the final step after the paint is dry is to use your hot glue gun & glue around 3 sides of your mitten to create a pocket, then hot glue on your embelishments!


I used clothespins and jute string to hang then after I stuffed each mitten full of some goodies!! I hung the calendar up over our media center to keep them out of reach of little fingers!!


I can't wait for my kids to open their first mitten today and enjoy their count-down to Christmas!

 Do you have any special Christmas traditions in your family? I'd love to hear about them!



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8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I have oodles of felt, and I've been looking for a fun advent calendar! So adorable!

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  2. I hear you on the cardboard chocolate-I can still taste that awful stuff. My mum insists on buying my kids a calendar each year and each year the chocolate gets secretly discarded!Maybe I should send a link to this post and see if she can whip this up for us instead!

    I am hosting an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

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  3. Oh amazing. You are very clever. Thank you for your ideas. I am sure your children will love playing along too. It will be magical. I will follow on my way out so I can come back and check your other clever ideas out. I hope you will visit me soon and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  4. I LOVE these! I am going to make some tommorow ! Thank you for sharing :) Visiting from homestoriesa2z

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  5. That is so very cute and adorable and inspiring ...

    Linda

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  6. This is so cute!! I think I'm I am going to attempt to make this!!

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  7. What a fantastic idea, but may be beyond my crafty abilities!

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