Advent Tree

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 I'm very exciting about Advent this year because my 2 boys are at such a fun age and I think we will have a great time making some fun Christmas memories with together!  This year I decided to make an Advent Calendar that has a pocket for each day and I plan to put a piece of paper in each pocket with a fun (and simple) Christmas activity we can do together that day.  I think it will be a great way to get them more excited about the birth of our Savior, and to help them remember every day that He is what Christmas is really about!

Note: I am planning on printing a list of activities ahead of time and then each day (when I decide what I feel like doing that day) I will slip it in the pocket for that day and let them discover it.  I'm not the kind of person that can plan a month in advance.  Some activities will be extremely simple like having hot cocoa with marshmallows, or doing a Christmas coloring page or craft kit from the Dollar spot at Target (I loaded up).  Others will be a little more involved, like a family outing to see the Trains at Northpark or Christmas light displays, or maybe even baking cupcakes for Jesus' birthday--- things that we do at Christmas-time anyway! 

My advent tree is very similar to my "Give Thanks Tree" that I made last-year:

I made both of these  all out of scrap-fabric I had.  The only change I made for the Advent Tree is that I ironed on Pellon  to the back-side of the fabric for the ornaments to make it stiffer.



After ironing on the Pellon I cut the shapes out and then used Aleene's Tacky Glue on the bottom and side edges to form a pocket on the tree.  I also used the glue to adhere the whole tree to the felt backing.
Advent tree with a pocket for each day!

Next, I cut numbers out of felt and glued them onto the ornaments.  I used a strip of card-board along the top edge so it would hang straight, and then used strips of fabric to make a hanger.

I can't wait to start this fun new Christmas tradition with my family!

Advent Tree {no-sew DIY Advent Calendar with pockets!}

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  1. Love it!!!!

  2. Crystal Nell says:

    Super cute!!

  3. Dear Kate I am so glad I got on my computer today and seen your post. Boy I can now count on you for cost effective gifts Thank You.
    I have a project to share with you that my sister sent me I hope I can find the picture she sent me, It is a paper bag folded and adorned with ribbon to make a pocket for your silverware and your napkin. She has done it for Thanksgiving but you can do it for any Holiday. Cute idea.If you will contact me I will send you the picture.

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