Advent Calendar.

christmas banner Christmas on a shoe-string: we’re on a budget this Christmas, as I am sure many people are. We are desperately trying to get into a house and I can’t think of a better reason to be “tight.” But we are still decorating and making Christmas things. Last week, we made this banner for oh, about .25 cents. But besides how easy it was to make, it is super functional and fun to double as an advent calendar. I cut out 25 triangles , strung them together with yarn, and stuck a sticky label on the back with a christmas task. Tonight, the task is “make wassail.” Tomorrow, it’s “Dance like snowflakes.” This is a wonderful month. And the ceiling is looking festive: and the simplicity is inspiring me to be even more frugal and grateful for what we do have this year. What are you doing for DIY decor?

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  • LobotoME

    adorable, simple & perfect! we too are aiming for a simple christmas this year!

  • Verity

    Ooh that is a lovely idea. We are trying to do these sorts of things too – especially as we have no Christmas decorations here with us in Istanbul. We have been spraying and painting pinecones white! It’s fun!

  • Tiffany
  • Lupin

    One of the best things about DIY decor is you get several afternoons of cheap entertainment making the stuff! I’ve been making lots of paper chains and paper ornaments with sugar paper & last year I made a whole snowfall of paper snowflakes :)

  • Jenny

    Wonderful. What I love about this idea (in addition to the fact that it doesn’t directly involve candy) is that it can help you organize your month so that you make time to do all the fun holiday activities you enjoy with your family. I am going to implement it ASAP, even though Advent is well under way!

  • abby

    I made this simple burlap banner.

    It was so easy to make and it only cost me about $2.50.

    I think this might be my first time to comment but I have been reading your blog for sometime now. Love it!!!

  • Rachel / cREaTe

    love it, sarah! great, great idea. :) we just got a magnet board where each day part of the nativity scene gets put up. so neat … but i love your idea of having an ACTIVITY! and next year you can make up new ones! GOOD LUCK with the potential MOVE! :) so exciting!