Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Traditions: Southern Lovely

Hello! I am so excited to be here at Ashley's wonderful blog! I adore her work, so it is an honor to be here!

I'm Lindsay, and I blog over at Southern Lovely. I am usually deep into some project late at night--since during the day my three children take up a good chunk of my time! I love a good DIY, really anything where I can be creative & make it on my own!

Today I am going to share a fun tradition we have at our house. Growing up I have such fond memories of going to my grandparents & opening up each day of their advent calendar. The excitement of what was under each number is still so fresh in my mind. I wanted to give my children the same opportunity that I had growing up.

I saw this super cute idea on Pinterest, so I thought I would tweak it for my own.

Here's how to make one--

Supplies needed:
Frame--bigger than 8x10 works better
Scrapbook paper
mini clothespins
Jute or string
Hot glue
Stick glue
Cutting machine--or you can hand cut them

To start, I simply painted the frame green, then glazed it. You will notice that the frame I used is not the frame I initially started with. I tried to make the smaller frame work, but it was just too little for this project.

For the little cards, I used my Cricut to cut them out, but you could also cut a basic shape if you don't have a cutting machine. I cut the numbers & red vinyl using the Cricut as well.

I printed off all the activities from my computer, then glued them to the back. I found some good ideas here.

To finish, hot glue the jute on the back of your frame, using the correct spacing, then attach your clothespins & the cards.

It's really that easy!

And now I have some very excited little ones who can't wait to see what the card will read each day! And that is exactly why I made this. :)

Happy holidays!

Thanks for having me, Ashley! Feel free to drop by & say hi!

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  1. Thanks for having me! I am very happy to be here!

  2. How adorable! Honestly, I don't love most advent calendars, which is why I didn't make one this year (also: lazy). But this one is so cute! I really love it--it's probably too late for me to whip one up this year, but it's going on my to-do list for next Christmas :-) Love it, Lindsay!

  3. What a fantastic idea! I love this. This is going on my to do list for next Christmas!


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