This is a sponsored post for 3M via Digital Parents Collective. This project and all opinions are my own.
This Christmas is the first one where my eldest daughter is really aware that it is coming. There has been a lot of excitment and discussion about Christmas around here lately (and it’s still only November! Eek!) She is almost four and the thing she is most excited about is the decorating, so I’ve been really mindful to include her in my Christmas craft projects this season. She helped me with many of the steps for this project!
This advent calendar is simple and fun, and the best part is you can use it year after year! This is also a great Christmas project for older children to make.
– 2 packs of 3M Command Clear Decorating Clips
– wool blend felt (I bought 30cm off the roll at my local fabric store and had left over)
– embroidery floss & needle
– Number Stickers (I used Kaisercraft Advent Calendar Stickers from my local craft store)
– Hole punch and scissors
Use your scissors and cut your felt pieces. You need 24 squares measuring 6 x 6cm for the front of the felt pockets, and 24 rectangles measuring 8 x 6cm. My Christmas Day pocket was larger, with the pieces measuring 9 x 9cm and 11 x 9cm.
Once you have your pieces cut, use 3 strands of embroidery floss and do a simple running stitch around the sides and bottom of the felt to create the pockets. Once they are finished use the hole punch and punch a hole in the middle of the top of the pocket for easy hanging.
Use your numbered stickers and decorate each pouch to create the advent pockets. (This is a great step to include your little ones in the project!)
Choose your location for your advent calendar. I had two options – the windows in the back room or the sliding door between our kitchen and dining room. I chose the sliding door for the white background, and also in case I want to put chocolates in the pockets – they would melt if I chose the window! The Command Clear Hooks can be used on a huge range of surfaces including glass, plaster, wood and laminex – and they are just the surfaces I’ve tried!
I chose a random pattern and started with my Christmas Day pocket in the middle and placed the other pockets radiating out from that middle pocket, in no particular order. The hooks are easy to position and reposition if you need to – I repositioned a couple of hooks about four times to get the pockets where I wanted them.
All done! The clear hooks are great because they don’t distract from the project and they coordinate with any choice of colour. They come off cleanly so if you’d like to use your felt pocket advent calendar in another location next year there are no left over marks or nail holes. Perfect if you live in a rental property!
You can pop chocolates or sweets in the pockets but I plan to put little messages with a Christmas related activity to do each day with the girls – for example “Write and post a Christmas card to Nan Nan & Papa” or “Wrap Dad’s Christmas present”.
Command Clear Hooks are perfect for all your Christmas decorating and projects, and are available in a range of sizes for different weights including mini, small and medium hooks and utensil and decorating clips. They are priced at $6.99 (RRP) and can be purchased at leading supermarkets and retail outlets. You can have a look at this great Christmas decorating idea
using 3M hooks
Giveaway! *now closed*
I’ve got five 3M Command Clear Hook packs containing the whole range (mini, small, medium hooks, utensil and decorating clips valued at $36.35). All you have to do to win a pack is leave a comment telling me about a sentimental Christmas decoration that you love or remember from your childhood. (Mine is a reindeer I made from pegs when I was 6. I still have it and hang it on the tree every year!)
I will choose my five favourite comments and winners will be notified by email. The competition closes on Thursday 29th November 8pm AEDST. Open to Australian readers only.
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