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I’ve always wanted a mantle to decorate for Christmas, and this year I got my wish. Last year, I bought my sons a cheap Advent calendar made of clothespins and foam. They loved removing a pin every day in December, so this year I decided to kick things up a notch with a homemade calendar full of surprises.
DIY Mantle Garland And Advent Calendar
This mantle garland and advent calendar is easy to make. The kids are having a lot of fun with it, and it looks really pretty, too.
Supplies I used:
– 25 small matchboxes
– 8 sheets of holiday-themed scrapbook paper
– 100 inches of gold ribbon
– A sheet of off-white cardstock
– Utility knife
– Approximately 9 feet of garland
– Holly berry sprigs
– 3 Command adhesive hooks
I’ve seen online that you can find matchboxes at dollar discount stores, but I didn’t have any luck there. I ordered a package of 50 from Amazon for $10. More than I needed, but I’m glad I had extras because I messed the first few up. And I’m also glad I had an empty jar on hand to store the matches when I emptied the boxes.
I cut three 2.5×4 inch pieces from each sheet of scrapbook paper, and one more from a sheet of Santa paper for Day 25, then wrapped each box. I pressed them under a heavy book overnight to allow the glue to set.
I printed numbers 1 through 25 on the off-white card stock and cut out the circles. I used decoupage glue to adhere the numbers to the boxes. While they were drying, I cut thin gold ribbon into four-inch pieces. I used a utility knife to cut a small slit into the end of the drawer.
I inserted both ends of the ribbon through the slit, then tied a knot on the inside of the drawer to create a loop.
To hang the garland on my mantle, I used Command hooks and hid them with strategically placed pieces of holly berry.
I hung the boxes in order, and plan to fill them with a mix of candy treats, “tickets” for fun holiday activities and clues that lead to small gifts hidden throughout the house.
Day one was a special note from Eddie the Elf, who has reprised his role as Santa’s eyes and ears until Christmas. Now I just need to remember to fill a box each night after the boys have gone to bed!
Author Bio: Tracey Babcock
I’m a work-at-home wife and mother with two sweet boys and an insane kitten. I started The Bizy Mama as a way to connect with other moms who are trying their best to keep ’em fed, clothed and out of trouble.
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