How many of you grew up with Christmas advent calendars?
I did. This was mine.
My mom made this when I was little and it is such a special part of my Christmas memories. After 30+ years it’s starting to show it’s age, though, so my sister has started extensive felt renovations. 🙂 When my kids saw the pictures of her progress, my kids immediately wanted one of their own. Sewing something like this isn’t hard—in fact my dear friend Becky just made the cutest one for her kiddos here.
But I’m waist deep in other sewing projects … and I already had the Silhouette out … and I just happened to have some scrap vinyl laying around … so we compromised.
It only took a few minutes to cut out a mix of designs from the Silhouette store and tracings from my mom’s calendar.
(I love that my Silhouette can trace any shape! And no, this isn’t a sponsored post.)
And then my kids went nuts putting up “stickers” all over the frig marking out the way to Bethlehem.
All the shapes were applied straight to the frig, but I wanted Mary and Joseph to be moveable.
I ended up cutting two different shapes: one for the journey and one for the manger.
I applied them to some white craft foam, but cardstock would work fine, too.
Add some dollar store magnetic strips and voila! …
… Mary, Joseph and the donkey to move along the path each day …
… and the holy family for the manger.
No Silhouette machine?
You could easily make something like this using contact paper, cardstock, whatever. Just add some magnets and go to town. Rock what ya got!
Give it a shot – you’re kids will love this!
We’re off to move our Mary & Joseph out of Nazareth and on the road to Bethlehem … good night!