Today’s creative advent is from Ally, the cool cat behind Now That’s Pretty.
We’ve just moved into a new house with big empty walls so making it Christmassy seemed quite daunting when it didn’t even seem that homey yet. Our solution? A giant reindeer advent calender of course. Once December first rocks round we’re going to take it in turns to fill the little bags with vouchers, sweets and lame jokes but for now he’s just sitting there all majestic. We’ve been trying to think of a name for him for a while but we’re kind of stumped; if anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.
To make your own, you will need:
- A cardboard reindeer pattern to adapt. I used this one by Mike Pinder.
- Lots of cardboard
- White and red paint
- A glue gun
- 25 Gift bags
- Scissors/ xacto knife
- A Pen
1) Print off and cut out your template.
2) Draw around your template onto cardboard and cut out using scissors or an xacto knife. This is the longest part of the project.
3) You will need to alter the antlers of your reindeer to have 12 little knobbles on one antler and 13 on the other.
4) As your antlers will have things hanging off them you may need to reinforce them. Draw around your antlers onto some more cardboard and then cut out just the central beam.
5) Using a glue gun attach this to the back of your antlers.
6) Paint your pattern pieces on both sides and allow to dry.
7) Assemble your reindeer!
8) To make your mount cut out two pieces of card board of the desired shape and add slots for your reindeer to fit into on one of the pieces.
9) To make your mount 3D add a stripe of cardboard around the edges of the piece without slots.
10) Using a glue gun, glue the slotted piece on top.
11) Paint your mount red and allow to dry.
12) Now simply slot your reindeer in and you’re read to hang treats!
To attach our reindeer to the wall we simply made two holes in the back of the mount and then used picture hooks to attach him. Voila!
See more from Ally on Now That’s Pretty
Of all the advent calendars I’ve seen, this one might disperse the daily prize in the most fun way. With just a little tug, confetti and candy for all! Or at least for one, these aren’t piñata sized.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- 24 empty toilet paper rolls
- patterned paper (I used some from the Rifle Paper Co line at Anthropolgie)
- twine or cord
- small, circle labels
Wrap paper around each toilet paper roll and adhere with tape. Make sure you leave extra paper at the bottom and fold it up like you would the end of a present. Then stuff it inside the roll so the bottom is fully covered. Thread the twine or cord through the paper and knot on the inside so it stays put and grips the paper for a good pull. Number each one with a circle label and stick to the middle of the pull string. Stuff the goodies in the top and pull for a fun reveal.
You could easily punch holes in the top to string and display. But then you might not be able to prevent tugging all the strings in one go and that might lead to countdown disappointment.
Hooray, it’s time for the third annual you are my fave holiday handmade! For the next few weeks I’ll be sharing daily projects to celebrate this holly jolly season. And this year I teamed up with the delightful Nicole Coleman and Jenn Elliott Blake so it’s going to be (dare I say?) the best year yet.
This week I’m starting with my favorites, advent calendars.
For these gift boxes that are perfectly sized to house your daily countdown treat – simply download and print each design, then cut and paste on top of 3×3 boxes. Fill with your favorite sweets to get a jumpstart on that holiday weight gain.
Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.
With a little bit of felt, some yarn, and spray glue you can make a Thanksgiving banner in less time than it takes to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Here is how you can make your own.
Step one: on a large piece of felt, make an outline of the word “thanks” with chalk.
Step two: cut out the inside of each letter.
Step three: make a one-inch fold at the top of your banner. Glue down the edge – don’t forget to leave space for the yarn to pass through.
Step four: glue down different colors of felt to the back of the banner – I sprayed around the letter cutouts and then placed the colored pieces down.
Step five: take another large piece of red felt and cover the entire back.
Step six: feed some yarn through the opening at the top and hang wherever you want!
And really this could very easily stay up the entire holiday season.
See more from Kelly on Cloudy Day Gray
For your own pie organization: download and print the labels, cut, and tape to a wooden skewer. Then cut yourself a thick slice. But remember, pecan is not worth the calories and never scrimp on the crumb topping.
Yes, it’s another photo booth backdrop starring my kid (sorry I only have one, I’m not a model making factory over here). I just believe that having a photo booth will liven up any occasion. Except maybe a funeral.
I thought a wall of pies would be fitting for Thanksgiving. Simply glue colorful paper in pie designs onto the back of paper plates and tack up with tape. This is a child friendly craft so put them in charge to keep them out of the kitchen.
(thanks to Kelly for helping me brainstorm this idea)
You know that extra bit of pie crust that you never know what to do with (except shovel it into the trash or your mouth)? Here’s a simple solution.
By using mini alphabet cookie cutters and baking for just a few minutes, that pie crust turns into place markers for your holiday meal.
Bonus, kids will love playing and snacking on them too. I shared this tip, plus one more in Rachael Ray Magazine this month. I love Cyd’s golden turkeys idea.
For the photo booth at my niece’s surprise party, I made a backdrop from colored paper. I decided to recreate it in some fall colors (I swear the pink is more red in person) and share the easy (no craft experience necessary) tutorial right here on Julep. Now go throw a pie party and make me proud.
Since I’ve learned how easy it is to gild, I can’t stop thinking of surfaces I want to turn golden. I’m kind of worried my house might start looking like a tacky Las Vegas hotel. Please stop me if it gets to that point (but let me down gently, with ice cream or something).
For now, we’ll start with gift boxes. To make your own you’ll need:
- wooden boxes (I found these at Michaels for a dollar!)
- masking tape
- acrylic paint
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brush Set
Step one: Tape off one side of the box and paint with acrylic (you may need a couple coats). Let dry and remove tape.
Step two: Tape off the painted side and cover with gilding adhesive. Let air dry until tacky.
Step three: Lay gilding sheet face down on top of the glued side. Press down firmly with a brush and gently peel away the excess. Done!
These boxes would be perfect for party favors, small gifts, or tabletop storage.
This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.
The request was to create Halloween costumes that could be made with items you most likely already have in your home. The results were a marching band drummer and an ice cream scooper modeled by a candy bribed toddler. You can find the directions for both of these costumes (plus three adorable ones from Kelly) right here on Martha Stewart. Yes, Martha Stewart! Hot diggity dog.