We've sugar-cookied and ginger-housed and gift-wrapped and tree-trimmed and christmas-crafted and answered the question "How many wake ups until Cwismas?!" at least 8 times a day. Tis the season. If you find yourselves, like us, surrounded by little people who have developed a sudden enthusiasm for counting down every. single. hour. until December 25th, then you need our latest DIY in your life. Part wreath, part gift, part calendar...it is the ultimate way to tick off those December days. It is easily adjustable to fit into your family's holiday traditions, whether you want a full blown advent calendar, a holiday-tune themed 12 days of Christmas, or a calendar celebrating the 8 days of Hanukkah. It doesn't hurt that it includes some of our favorite holiday things, like fresh greenery, chocolates and brown paper packages tied up with string...the only thing missing is a sing-along with Julie Andrews.
Items to gather for your Wreath Calendar:
- Scissors & possibly wire cutters depending on the wire you choose
- A wreath form - this could be a metal ring, traditional wreath form or embroidery hoop
- Greenery of your choice
- Floral wire or tape, we used 28 gauge copper wire and floral grapevine wire
- Numbered tags (for the amount of days you want to include in your countdown)
- Small gifts such as chocolates, coins, tiny toys or handmade coupons
- Wrapping such as paper bags or small boxes
- String for hanging gifts
- Hook or wreath hanger
Step One: Make your wreath! We simply wrapped our 28 gauge copper wire around our greenery until we were happy with the way it looked. For thicker branches we used the grapevine wire to wrap it onto the wreath.
Step Two: Wrap your gifts! You'll want a small gift for each day, for the smallest solution try placing a few chocolates into the bottom of a round coffee filter, gathering together the top and tying with string! The more days your calendar will hold the smaller you will want your gifts to be.
Step Three: Add tags! We used the cute oversized tags that we numbered with a white paint marker. If you prefer not to use tags you can simply number your packages.
Step Four: Tie your gifts with a coordinating tag from the top of the wreath. We decided to loop the string over with a gift attached at either end, but you could also use clothespins to put them on or tie each individual gift to the wreath.
Step Five: Hang your wreath! We used a removable hook for easy cleanup after the holidays.
That's all there is to it! Sit back and watch your little one's eyes light up each morning and the next time they ask how many days until...you can just point to the wreath, because your child's education and your sanity are both important to us!
Check out the links below for some of the products we used in making our wreath calendar!
Here's to cozy crafting and wonder-filled children this holiday season! What are some of your favorite crafts this time of year? We would love to hear in the comments below or on our social media!
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