12.10.2013

MY DIY ADVENT CALENDAR

I love the holidays and any excuse to celebrate or decorate!
The only problem is, im a bit overly picky; and sometimes I feel like the holiday decor available in the stores is a bit commercialized, pricy and can be tacky. 
This is the first Christmas that my fiance and I are living together so Ive had fun making our place cozy and Christmasy for not only Bao and I but now for the three of us lol! 
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I wanted to add an advent calendar to our place to rev up the holiday season and have a bit of fun. I looked everywhere for one but kept telling myself I could make one that fit my aesthetic better.  After a few mistakes, and a couple trips back to the craft store, it finally came together! 
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We decided that we would choose the even days of the month; eight gifts for each of us, (Nick, Bao and I). We had a $10 limit and the small gift had to fit in the pouch. Finding small and inexpensive gifts wasn't easy! 
We have a wet bar nook that may have once been a closet, so I nailed two small nails in the sides, where the door hinges might have once been. 
I hung mirrored garland from West Elm (last year) and a strand of white pom poms from the craft store. I used three strands of sturdy white and silver rope where I hung the gift pouches from. 
I bought mini wooden clothes pins and wooden heart cutouts which I painted silver and embellished with silver glitter. I glued some hearts to the pins and left some plain.
The canvas bags are from the container store. 
I wrote the dates one each one with a silver paint pen.  
Here is the calendar, all finished and ready to be filled!
I hope you love it and will try to recreate it for your family!
Its such a fun and inexpensive project that gets everyone involved!
xx alex

14 comments:

  1. this is so cute!! wish i still had time to make one!

    http://prettyobsessed-ml.blogspot.com/

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  2. This is such a cute idea, Alex! I think you couldn't have made a better DIY advent calendar to fit your aesthetic!

    xo, alison*elle

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  3. You have such creative and talented mind and hands!! They look adorable and very festive!

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  4. Aw this is so pretty! I love it, so much work went into it and just makes it special :)
    xo

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  5. Hey Alex did you make the pom pom garland or was it ready made from the craft store?

    Love this post x

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  6. IT IS SO ADORABLE AND AMAZING!! AS YOU ARE!

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  7. this calendar is so pretty! i love white, silver and glitter mixed together! you're such an artist! =)

    Check out my latest OOTD :-)

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  8. Your advent calendar looks like something that should be found at Anthropologie; it's beautiful and so you! I hope you post photos of the gifts inside :)

    Marisa
    http://style-rhapsody.blogspot.com

    PS: thanks for the re-tweet today! x

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  9. love your advent calendar !
    have a nice day

    http://livelifeamour.blogspot.com

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  10. so cute and chic! very HRH!

    www.andrea-clare.blogspot.com

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  11. This is such a lovely idea!thanks for sharing alex!

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  12. What a cute idea! I love that you are doing small gifts rather than just chocolate or candy. Who doesn't want to open presents every other day!

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  13. Lovely Advent Calendar ! I have the Ciaté Advent Calendar ! Good idea for nail polish addict like me !

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