Monday, November 16, 2009


Are y’all ready to have a merry little DIY Day? Since Thanksgiving is so late this year (why didn't I realize this until Saturday?) I couldn’t help but break out a little Christmas project.

Brad and I have never done any kind of Advent calendar, because I’ve always thought of them as being just for kids, but this year I was inspired to create a calendar that focused on the true meaning of the season. I broke the first two chapters of Matthew into 25 chunks, and created little numbered tags for each verse.

Starting on December 1st, Brad and I can read each verse and hang it from a makeshift “tree” I made from a few twigs from the yard.

I decided to use my little glass fish bowl to hold the tags until their days arrive.

Each tag is wrapped in a belly band cut from scrapbook paper.

When the band is removed, the verse is revealed.

I also put numbers on the back of each tag, so that I’ll still know what day it is once the band has been removed.

To create the tags, I simple traced a decorative scrapbook tag onto cardstock, but you could use any shape you like. If you’d like to see the verses I used, I put them in this google doc. Blogger won’t let me upload the word doc with the circle verses and numbers, but if you’re interested, send me an email and I’ll try to get it to you!

Now, do y’all think I should keep my tree natural or spray paint it white or silver?

Merry (early) Christmas!

P.S. Don't forget to check back Tuesday night for my first McLinky Colorful Blessings Party! I'll put the link up around 10:00 pm Eastern Time.



Donna S said...

Love your advent tree! I'd love a copy of the word doc with the verses and numbers. I've been trying to create a way to incorporating the Advent into our family celebrations for Christmas. I'm thinking about making some kind of Advent calender and the verses are just what I've been wanting to put together, I just don't have the time to put them all together! Thanks for sharing!

btw: I think painting the branches would be a nice touch!

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Heather said...

Makes me happy your advent calendar is about the true meaning of Christmas. I'm currently making mine out of felt, and I'm excited to start our new tradition on Dec 1. (And the candles part a few days before.) :)

Heather said...

Oh and I'll be using this site ( scroll down to the daily readings section, for our daily bible parts. :)

Tim and Tracy said...

I really love this idea! I especially love that you're welcoming the holidays in with these verses. I would go with the white paint for the branches- though silver would be just as lovely. :) It looks great!

Tomesia said...

cute idea. I also noticed your Frank McCourt book there, he's my favorite!!

Cara said...

Hattie, what a fabulous idea! I am making one right now, just got back from picking up some Christmas paper, lol!


Lucrecia said...

I love that you used the Bible verse!

I think the cards would just blend in if you painted it white, but silver might be pretty!