Boy, am I glad to finish this advent calendar just in time for the Christmas countdown! I fell in love with the bark stars a looong time ago (in February, I think...) and I was dying to use them to welcome the winter charm into my home. The Advent calendar seemed like a good idea: a white, red and natural little project following my traditional Christmas inspiration.
For each day, we've got a bark star or a wooden heart pinned on the wall, in a Christmas tree shaped calendar. I don't have any kids and the size of my elements is quite small, so I started wondering what to prepare for the backside of each one. My first impulse was to go with mint candy, because everybody loves it. But then, I thought why not use the Advent Calendar as a practice tool for my carol singing? I wrote the name of a carol on the back of each calendar day!
In my family there is a huge tradition of singing carols on the Christmas Eve. When I was a child, I would go singing carols with all my cousins and we would have loads of fun. Now, we let other little ones sing the old songs. Then, we have dinner on the Christmas Eve. And then, we do some singing of our own, which can go on for hours. We start with the most notorious carols, but after a while we don't remember all the forgotten words and carols are more... hummed than sang. But not this year, because every day I'm gonna rehearse one carol :)
Do you need a tutorial for this advent calendar? It is so easy to make!
1. Gather your supplies. All you need is decorations (I used bark stars, bark hearts, felt reindeer), a lovely ribbon in Christmas colors, a white gel pen and poster tack.
2. Apply a little tack on the ribbon and on the overlapped decorations. Press down firmly to attach the ribbon to the decorations.
3. Write the name of a song on the back of each decoration.
4. Display them on the wall also using Blu Tack. They come off very easy and they don't leave any trace.
Update! The bark Advent calendar was just featured at Homework, Cedar Hill Ranch, JAQS Studio, Romance On A Dime, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Made In A Day, My Repurposed Life, Little Inspiration, Five Days...5 Ways. It's Overflowing, Polkadot Pretties, Lolly Jane, Lines Across and Christina's Adventures, thanks a million for the appreciation!