…from a not-so-crafty-mom
I really wanted to do an advent calendar with Pookie, but I didn’t see any that I liked. I wanted something that would be interactive and allow for my tot to participate in some way other than just flipping the calendar number over.
I decided to make my own…how hard could it be, right? Ha!
So like any self-respecting mom, I got on Pinterest. I saw a lot of neat ideas (of course), but most of them involved tucking a piece of paper into a cleverly designed garland or “tree.” Then each day you could take out a paper and perform whatever activity was listed on it. Neat, except that my tot is too young to really get the connection between a piece of paper and an activity. This was leading me closer to the idea of creating some kind of advent calendar that could somehow hold little gifts/activities.
I decided to make a felt Christmas tree with hanging pocket ornaments as the calendar. So I got some felt and got to work.I used parchment paper to create my pattern, pinned it on, folded it in half, and cut it out.
I was originally going to just cut circles for the pocket ornaments, but I stumbled upon some felt ornaments at Hobby Lobby, so I got those, which meant I now had three ornament shapes to create pockets with.
After cutting them out, I sewed the backs on using the blanket stitch method. (Cherry Menlove does a great tutorial on this.) I left an opening to stuff the trinket in, and numbered the pocket ornaments with glue and glitter. The next step was to hot glue ribbon on.
Then I sewed buttons onto the felt tree and hung the ornaments. If you look closely, you can see the tissue-wrapped gift tucked into the “ornaments.”
For gifts, I tried to focus on things that would help my daughter practice her fine motor skills – things like poppers, stringing bells, stickers, etc…
Pooky seemed to really like it, which makes it worth the effort.
Looking for other Christmas crafts? Check out this guest post from Echo at the Mad Mommy for an easy Christmas I Spy Bottle.
Or you might like this sock snowman craft.