Monday, December 6, 2010

last (i think) christmas crafternoon:advent rings and banner

BTdubs, my pine cones crafts are featured on 30 handmade days. woo woo!

anyway, you know how i wanted to have my act together before all the craziness of the season? not happening as much as i had hoped, but what can you do. i've been thinking a lot about advent though and i don't want to go through another christmas with out participating in teaching my chitlens about the importance and meaning of christmas. layne is 4 years old this year and i think he could really get the concept. lila, well...she can just sit there and look cute.

ok so first of all, i wanted a 12 day calendar instead of a 25. i've already missed a couple days...so i thought, surely there is a modified calendar out there. NO. at least not christian based.
kinda like this...so cute, but not what i want.


 so there are many ways you could do the advent thing...i mean just google it. the problem is, when you google it, you get  pretty non-Jesus centered calendars. basically 25 days of busyness. all fun activities, things you can do with your kids, and even action-based calendars(i.e. have a widow over for dinner, help your mom clean the kitchen). but i'll tell you, that's not what i'm going for here. i want to stay away from DOING. DOING. DOING. and honestly, i think an action-based calendar misses the mark a little bit on the spirit of advent: a thoughtful remembrance and thankfulness of the hope we have in Jesus who arrived to us as a tiny baby and saved us--apart from anything we could DO for ourselves. tangent? moving on...

for example, this calendar below. it's really not bad, it's just that i wanted more guide and less action.(if you want to print this, go here.)


so i looked and looked and looked...and found this cheesy looking, but super helpful online advent calendar. then i looked through each day and shortened it to 12 days, while modifying it for my younger kids. can you tell i majored in education?

you can view/print my shortened advent guide here
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there will be many a misspelling i'm sure. this was just a quick write up!
each day has a a verse, a question or a "promise" about God, and then tells the kids where to look for a special treat.

of course, you can make your own...go for it. it'll be time consuming, but worth it. and i'll be using this guide for my kids for a couple years. so well worth it.

then i made book paper advent rings...like the kind you make in elementary school. layne could have totally helped me, except he was gone for the day.
all you need is:
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then you cut strips:
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you can write on the strips if you want, but all you need is the number that corresponds to your guide:
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i stamped numbers on mine and then glued them interlocking with eachother. i hung this upside down. woopsie.
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each day, you let the kids remove a ring and do the activities for that day. can't wait to see if layne will participate or think i'm nerdy.

now, if you aren't into advent and i bored you for 2 hours, you can make one of these:
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it's self explanatory right?just stamp a phrase on your book paper. and instead of stringing twine through a hole-punch, clothespins would look adorable here.

well, i wrote too much in this post, i know. english majors do things like that(although i can't spell very well).

and i meant to post some baby bump pictures here but... i slept in my makeup and look like i had a "busy night on the streets" if you know what i mean. next time....next time...

32 comments:

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  2. tis true, auj. a little. i'm still feeling sick though...i thought i'd be totally in the clear by now. damn.

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  3. your comment thingy is pissing me off. it might post twice so forgive me for i have sinned. all i wanted to say is that i love your 'let it snow' banner and that i can tell you're getting better because your crafting more. PTL.PTLOH.

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  4. Only you could talk about baby jesus and a busy night on the streets. Cute calendar! Need to see that bump!

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  5. Ha ha to Bethany's comment! I was thinking the SAME thing:) Super cute Advent calendar. Nice job! BTW, Arle and I are glittering up some pine cones today.

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  6. cool! I was just thinking I should do an advent calendar. I know that I can't do it this year though I'm already 2 miles past overwhelmed. But I will definitely be using this next year. lol
    you are amazing though I love your thoughts on all the doing. That is so how I feel right now. (as I sit next to an envelope full of tickets we are supposed to sell for different church things. This church is very focused on staying busy)

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  7. I love all the christmas crafts you've been posting! Book paper is so simple, yet so pretty. And I really like the advent calendar! Christmas has become so materialistic and it's really nice to see bringing the true meaning of Christmas back into the holiday. Thanks for all the lovely ideas! :)

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  8. i really don't craft, but the simpleness of this book paper business is breaking me down a little every time. i just might give in. poor Ron Suskind, tho. (PTLOH? Praise the Lord on High?)

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  9. So, I love the book paper projects you have done some great things with books. Thanks for stopping by "In His Grip". I am following you, will you follow me?

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  10. Thanks for the reminder :). I'm guilty of getting caught up with the busyness of this season. I will be doing your advent ring :). Planning on sitting down together as a family either after dinner or before bedtime to read these verses.

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  11. erin....you got it! PTLOH!!! Blahahahaha. no one ever gets that joke. auj and i thought we made that little phrase up on a road trip but maybe there are other old school christians who use this? L to the O to the L. let's be friends!

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  12. love it like always.. think i'll try this one too. also elementary ed major... right up my alley

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  13. Totally so excited because I am trying to celebrate advent this year by reading a passage of scripture for each week of December to meditate on. The problem is, I already forgot yesterday. But I made up for it by emailing it from to my hubby at work. Hey, it works. Maybe it was better that way! Plus, I have been stockpiling fun things for each day for someone in my little family, Chris, Ellie, Pippy and baby to be. Someone gets a little something each day in December. I've actually made it on that one - even packed them away in Chris's suitcase for his business trip! So...I'm on my way to being a good mom.

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  14. i love that u r striving to keep christmas about jesus!

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  15. Everything you do is so stinking cute. Jealous.

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  16. oh geez. you're so ridiculously creative. i've been dying to go to the dollar store to buy a stupid book for, I don't know, weeks now. all so I ran rip it up and craft with it. who knew?!

    p.s. bump pictures, yes please!

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  17. i love this advent idea, using it!

    also PTLOH bahahah i knew i liked you, erin and your sister a lot and now i know why!

    baby bump pictures! whatchu waitin' for girl.

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  18. ps: why is your house so wonderful? AND i just stumbled upon book page SHOES and was going to tell you about them but saw that you, the queen of bookpage, have already seen them and are probably wearing them right now!

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  19. Now that's a new idea a 12 day advent. Google that. Hmm. I might have to copy, because. Thanks for the idea!

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  20. You & I seem to be in the same boat. And our boat may be a little behind schedule but who cares really, right? I went through the same exact advent stuff. I wanted something Scripture based that goes back to what Advent really is. I finally found what I wanted and made up my calendar and finished it last night. :) We've been reading the right parts each night, we were just a little behind on the other part. But it's done and we'll have it for a long time to come. I hope. I like all your book crafties. I didn't comment on the last post (or one before that) but I like the place card idea. I'm stealing that one.

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  21. So this weekend, I had two friends over, and we completely destroyed/repurposed an old French/English dictionary. We made wreaths. We thought about making ornaments and were too lazy. I now have a pile of dictionary paper, many great things to make with it and several hot glue burned fingers. I am so excited!

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  22. Very cute as always, you are just too cool for school girly!
    :)

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  23. This is the cutest idea, love how it looks!

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  24. thanks for this...my bible study was just wondering about advent. this was helpful:)

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  25. So creative and easy to do! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I hope to see you next week!

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  26. So creative and easy to do! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. I hope to see you next week!

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  27. shut the front door!
    book pages. advent. and a banner.
    you are speaking my language!!

    i love every little bit of this.
    love! like crazy. so glad you linked up. must make one of each.

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  28. i love to look at crafts, but hate to make them. can i just pay you a fee to make me one of everything you make for yourself?

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  29. just stumbled upon your blog and OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT. i'm totally going to get out some craft supplies, put on christmas music and open up your blog. :) yessss.

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  30. Love it! What a great idea. Having a great time checking out your blog. It's lovely!
    ~Heidi

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