December 02, 2013

Good Deed Advent - take 2

Last week I mentioned I was sharing this Good Deed Advent on our noon news.  

Well, today I have the full tutorial for you here and a link to the TV clip as well.  You can watch the short clip HERE.  (Random Sidenote: It's so weird to watch yourself on TV.  I never realized how crooked my teeth got after I lost my retainer in college.  Stinkin' lost retainer. :)

It's crazy easy to make.  I got everything from my local Jo-Ann store and this post is the last of 3 holiday challenges I was given by them.  (You can search using #fabulouslyfestive to see what other bloggers are doing this month.)

I purchased some twine, a half a yard of a few different fabrics, a bunch of paper mache Christmas tree-shaped boxes, and some Bingo pieces I fell in love with in the scrapbook section.  The bingo pieces were the only thing that wasn't on sale, but I whipped out my coupon for them.

I drilled a small hole through the boxes so I could string them up.  (Don't worry.  I drilled through the top and then flipped the box over and drilled through the other side so I didn't drill through my table.)

I used a hot glue gun to adhere the numbers to the boxes.  Then I strung them up with embroidery floss and a needle.

I snipped my fabric about every inch or so and then ripped it into strips.

Then I strung the strips onto the twine, creating a pattern of colors.  (If you aren't sure how to tie on the fabric you can watch the video above.  It's just like you wear a scarf.  Fold it in half and then wrap the ends through the folded loop and pull.)

You could make it as long or short as you like.  I made mine pretty long so I could string it along my stairway.

Then fill it with candy and good deed ideas.  (You can find lots of ideas on THIS POST.)

You can find other fun holiday ideas HERE in the Jo-Ann craft catalog.  And here's a coupon for December if you need it.

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  1. That's such a cute advent calendar! I love the simplicity of it and how easy it is to diy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Absolutely LOVE this idea!!

  3. You look so good Cheri!

  4. You were great on the show (and I couldn't even tell you have ANY crookedness in your teeth, even after you mentioned it)! I love your outfit too.

  5. great job and the project seems to be something that could be used year round and just change the trees for something else. it is so great the way you manage to work the good deeds into so many things for your family. what wonderful citizens you are rearing.You seemed so poised throughout the piece.

  6. Such an adorable advent!


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