Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Countdowns on Studio 5

It's the most magical time of year again and that can only  mean one thing...Christmas Countdown Calendars!!!  This ten year Studio 5 tradition has become one of my holiday favorites.  In fact, I glean ideas all year long!
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This year, I've got 5 all new calendars for you to "Deck Out Your Halls" with.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This delightful statement calendar was inspired by Sugar and Charm and is just amazing!  When I saw her adorable gold, snow-kissed houses, I knew I had to share them with you!

This little town is created using Balsa wood, which can be found at the craft store.  And, here is the best can cut it with scissors!  No saws needed! Her full tutorial is so amazing!  Just click here to get the exact instructions and dimensions I used to create my little houses.
The great thing about crafting is, your project is always 100% customizable!  I decided to create my village in three different colors to create more of a pop on my mantle.  I also added 2 sizes of houses to her original to give a little height variation.  Remember, when you're creating your town, add details to make it fit your decor and style.

To create three different sized houses, I simple added an inch or two to the bottom of each of the house pieces.  You can make them as tall or short as you desire by just changing that one measurement. 

Also, the gnome needs to be noted!  Isn't he adorable?  I picked him up in the miniatures section at Michael's for a few dollars.  He makes a perfect little addition to the town! 

Oh Christmas Tree

Whenever I see the adorable miniature trees in the craft store, I want to use them!  After seeing them used beautifully in an advent calendar by Oh Happy Day, my wheels started turning.
I love how she used the green trees with craft boxes.  It's just adorable!  

When I spotted these lovely snow flocked trees in the Christmas Village section of Michael's, I decided to do this advent up with a little more glam!  I love this advent for a more formal room or in more of an adult setting.  The gold lined boxes are perfectly posh and are lovely for storing a grown up treat or two!

To make this advent, I purchased the packages of trees and gold boxes at Michael's.  A dear friend volunteered to fold the boxes for me, so all I had to do was hot glue the trees to the top and add a tag!  So easy, and such a statement for your mantle or windowsill!  You can get a free download of the numbers I used here, or design your own!

Deck the Halls

I love this countdown because it is just so simple and can be made with supplies you most likely already have.  Glass cylinders or Apothecary jars can easily hold 24 ornaments.  Tie on a ribbon and a sign and you've got a countdown that doubles as a centerpiece!  Simply remove one ornament a day and add it to your tree.  It's just that easy!

All I Want for Christmas

If you are looking for a calendar that you can load up with lots of goodies, this is the one for you!  This wood based calendar has a very natural old world Christmas feel to it.  I just love the way it looks leaning up against a fireplace or wall!
The best part about this calendar is, even though it makes a statement, it is simple to create! To makes calendar, I used pre-cut wood from Lowes for the background (under $7), 1 1/2x1x8  wood to create the frame and little pails from the wedding section of the dollar store for the buckets.  If the thought of wood overwhelms you, you could purchase a pre-framed cork board and achieve a similar look.
I attached the pails with regular tacks.  Just punch a hole in the pail using a cropadile or drill and then stick the tack through the pail and into the wood.  For the numbers on each pail I used vinyl lettering, but you could use a plain sticker if you don't have access to a vinyl cutter.

Tie One On

Do you remember creating advents out of cellophane and ribbon?  This calendar is an updated twist on that technique!  To create this advent, all you need is a few yards of ribbon and some dollar store containers (packs of 6 or 8 are available in the arts and crafts section).
Fill your containers with small treats (m&m's are perfect), then simply fold a few yards of ribbon in half and start tying.  I tied several knots between each container to create more spacing.  I also threaded a bit of contrasting ribbon to create a bit of contrast and fluff!
You can download my numbers and tags here, or create your own to top off your countdown.  At around $5 a piece, these countdowns are great for individual kids rooms or to give away as pre-season gifts!