Good morning, I hope that everyone is having a great Saturday. I am working today, and I wanted to bring you a great post, but I knew I would be totally exhausted. I am so grateful to have a guest post from Steph. She is bringing you a terrific Christmas craft that the whole family can enjoy! I was excited to bring you another crafty post to help you brighten the holidays.
It’s that time again: with Thanksgiving behind, it’s time to start counting the days till Christmas. Each year I make this very simple Christmas calendar for the kids. Every day the kids get to open a new window to find a neat goodie. Most of them are small items, some are activates to do (like bake cookies), one of them is usually a new Christmas movie given by writing the title of the movie on a piece of paper and putting in the tin. This is a fun and inexpensive way to keep track of the days till Christmas.
- 24 cup Muffin Tin-I suggest buying a new one to use every year, because who wants to give up their muffin tin for a whole month.
- Christmas paper- You can use plain red and green or decorative scrapbook paper.
- Trinkets and items to put in the calendar- My kids have a Melting Snowman (I think we got at Bed, Bath, and Beyond one year) that they receive the parts to the first week on December.
- Black Marker
- Rubber Cement – you can also use decorative tape or stickers to attach the covers to each window.
1. Cut covers for each window out of the paper. You can cut squares or circles. Tip: If you have a brand new tin, use the packaging as a template.
2. Number your covers. You can count up or count down, which ever you prefer. Make sure you lay them out before you start numbering. If you’re using an alternating pattern, some sequential numbers will be the same color (ie. 4 & 5 and 8 & 9 in the above picture).
3. Fill the tin with your goodies. Ideas: Small toys, jewelry, coins (My kids love to get a gold dollar), or a piece of paper with an activity for the day (Bake cookies, watch a movie, go gift shopping).
4. Cover each of the windows. I use rubber cement to secure mine as that is very easy to remove. Decorative tape and holiday stickers also work well.
5. You can hang your calendar on the wall, display it on a plate stand, or leave it on a centrally located table.
We keep ours on the kitchen island and the kids love to open a window each day. It doesn’t have to be something big. The fun trinkets and memories they have collected over the years have brought smiles to their faces. Each year I save the covers and tin and put new goodies in them.
Steph Seibert is the WAH, homeschooling, mother of 3. After several years of missing seasonal activities, her family started making seasonal ‘bucket lists’. She posts about these adventures, crafts, DIYs, recipes and more at A Time for Seasons in hopes of helping other families get the most out of each season.
Thank you Steph for joining me here at Making Our Life Matter. I hope that all everyone will take a few moments to visit Steph at her blog, and show her some comment love!