I finally made the advent calendar I've been planning for 3 years! Please don't get too excited. This certainly does NOT look like it's been worked on for 3 years, it's just that I finally made the time to do it. I had several ideas in mind, but here's what I finally chose to do:
I painted a canvas dark brown and then cut out 25 tags (these are actually the tags I use for the Calico Barn so I already had them made). Then I put brads through each hole to hold the tags onto the canvas (pins stuck into a framed cork board would be nice too). I bought these brads at the $1 spot at Target.
Some of the numbers are hand written, but most are just stickers from my scrap-booking stuff. On some of the brads I hung little things. On the backs of each tag I'll write something special for our family to do together each night this month.
Now, practically speaking we're not going to be able to have a perfect little family warm and fuzzy holiday- spirited, cookie- baking, craft- making, cocoa- sipping, carol- singing, story- reading, movie- watching, popcorn- stringing night every one of these 25 days, but we'll have fun trying! This was fun and EASY to make. If you don't have an advent calendar I recommend making one and by all means don't wait 3 years to do it! :)