Todays project: A DIY Orange Advent Calendar
25 Mini Chinese take out boxes
2 sheets of nice coordinating 12x12 paper (scrapbook or other)
Scissors or paper trimmer
Adhesive (I use Tombo tape roller)
5 pieces of 48" (or longer) ribbon or string
25-50 Clothes Pins
Access to Internet
I ordered the mini Chinese take out boxes here
, they are made in the US and you can get colors other than orange), to hold the orange advent readings
and coloring sheets
(get the small printable here
). Directions:Number 2x2" squares 1-25(You could also cut more squares as spacers to letter MERRY ORANGE CHRISTMAS out of the same pieces of paper)adhere squares to boxes trim printed readings and fold to fit in boxesplace a reading
, a coloring sheet (if you have children), and a square of chocolate for each family member in each box according to numberhammer 5 nails down in a column approximately 10" apartmeasure about 42" over and nail another column of 5 nails 10" apart
tie string or ribbon (across) between first two nails, curl ribbon endsrepeat for next 4 rows. attach each box with a clothespin
I also included a square of fair trade chocolate for each of us. I get these from Trader Joe's and cut them into squares but you can also get fair trade chocolate from Divine Chocolates
, Sweet Earth Chocolates
(I recommend the gray salted caramels as a hidden treat in 4 boxes).
I got the idea from this kit
offered in Stampin' Up's Holiday Mini Catalog this season (SU stamps are made in the US). Enjoy opening one box per night with your family! The readings were written by Rebecca Tucker, MFC pastor.
Kind of embarrassing, but this is my craft closet. I have everything I need to make cards, photo albums, jewelry, blankets, scarves, Christmas ornaments, hair clips, and loads of other stuff. I am only supposed to keep as much craft stuff as will fit in this closet, but it totally overflows. I also have a wall mounted set of shelves, all the under-desk storage, and a bunch of stuff stashed under our kitchen table. I have way too many hobbies and way too much stuff. Like me, many of you crafters out there have a lot of stuff. Probably enough to share, right? I guess the point of this blog is to show you that you don't have to spend money to make your Orange Christmas gifts. You can shop in your own home! Try to think of gifts you can make using the stuff you already have! My main issue is going through it all to find the things I need! i always end up buying more when I can't find something. It is time to break that habit. My other problem is not wanting to pull out all my stuff to craft and make a mess at home! Here is where the workshops come in handy for me. I am so excited to spend time crafting with friends outside of my home! I always get more inspired around other people. Hope to see you at some workshops if you are in Sacramento or to hear about workshops you are hosting elsewhere! And if you are brave enough, let's see some photos of your stashes!
I have been collecting materials for the handmade gifts workshops Midtown Friends is hosting on the Sundays in November and December leading up to Christmas. They are going to be set up kind of like an old time sewing circle with a modern urban twist. Each week has a theme medium/material. Anyone who likes to work with that medium/material can bring their projects and supplies to work on while hanging out and listening to good music. If you have extra supplies that you are interested in sharing or bartering, please feel free to bring them and take home anything that doesn't get traded or used. If you don't usually work with the medium, come anyway and learn a few techniques from others. This is a swap of resources and talents. We all have something we are good at! I
have been collecting materials for the first two weeks and I think I over did it a little. The first theme material for Sunday 11.14 is yarn I have yarn for a cute yellow crib blanket, a gray man scarf, and a blue blanket (but I have to learn to pearl to make that one. I can knit a basic garter stitch scarf or blanket, but I don't really know how to crochet well (just a chain stitch). I am interested in learning how to crochet, so I would probably take my yellow yarn in hopes that someone might want to teach me, but bring my gray yarn to work on my scarf if no one is available to teach me to crochet.
The second theme material for Sunday 11.21 is fabric. I have material to make lovie blankies for my 11 month old son Cohen, who loves soft minky fabric, and silky satin edges. I also have fabric to make a cool cape for my four year old nephew and a tutu for my almost three year old niece (her birthday is the day after Christmas so I have to make her two gifts). I am not great on a sewing machine, as I said in the previous post, but I know enough to make the base for the blankies and probably even the cape (I will have had some practice as I am making five capes for Halloween this year - our group is dressing as superheroes to trick-or-treat for canned food to restock the River City Food Bank that burned down last week). I think the binding on the blankies (like on the green polka dot one) is going to be my challenge, but I am hoping we can get some better seamstresses out that Sunday to show me what to do. The tutu is a no sew project that I can do if all else fails.
I really encourage you all to join us if you are in the Sacramento area on Sundays (beginning 11.14) from 2-5 pm. If you are not local, don't fret! Host your own crafting exchanges! they don't have to be themed, just have a place for people to craft together and swap resources and materials!