I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pottery Barn Knock Off Tree Advent Calendar

Every year my advent calendars get better!  I started off with a shoe organizer calendar and last year I sewed felt pockets and stringed them to ribbon.  This is one of the many from the collection Simple or Fancy DIY Xmas Advent Calendars.  Inside each pocket is a card w/ an activity and candy. We use it in conjuction with What God Wants for Christmas which comes with 7 gift boxes that we place inside each pocket of our advent calendar.  An example of the Activity card:
Day: 21 Sharing the Good News
Ornament: Mini Megaphone
Verse 2:16-20
Activity: as a family shout the good news

or more involved
Day: 19 Jesus is God's Gift to Us
Ornament: Gift box
Verse: Mt 1:21-23
Sing: Away in the Manger
Activity: Find something in your house that you want to "give" to another family member and stick it in a gift bag. It can be silly or for real either way at the end of the game it all goes back.  (last year I got a pacifier)
Open Box #4 from What God Wants for Christmas (You can find this at your local Christian Bookstore)
If you would like a copy of the Advent Activity Cards below in the comments write your email or email me at inspiredbyfamilymag@yahoo.com.
This is my inspiration from Pottery Barn.
Christmas stickers
Xmas scrapbook paper
Fabric glue

1. Using chalk draft your tree onto green felt then cut it out. I made lots of mistakes while drawing so I was glad for the chalk.
2. Cut the tree, trunk and star out.
3. Make 24 or 25 red pockets all the same size. We celebrate Xmas on the 24th a Latin American tradition.
4. First lay pockets where you want them to ensure they will all fit and then glue them.
5. Glue ribbon to each pocket. You can use a variety of patterns or just one as I did.
6. Then glue stickers on to ensure that they will stay.
7. Make circles from Xmas paper and number them.
I used silver glittery alphabet stickers to monogram our tree.

No sewing involved and if I do say so myself it turned out pretty darn cute!


  1. Here from Skip to my Lou

    Great idea and knockoff! ;-)

  2. I love this! You are very clever and yes, it is indeed pretty darn cute!

    I am hosting a Christmas series at my blog starting December 1 and I would be so thrilled if you could join in and link up this post.

    Take care and best Christmas wishes,

  3. Eva and Natasha, Thanks for stopping by and the lovely commments. Natasha I will try to remember to stop by, thanks.

  4. I love this! I'm going to have to try it...especially since it's no sew!

  5. Wow... now that's a great knock-off!!

    I'd love for you to share this project on Inspiration Friday at Simply Christmas http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/12/inspiration-friday.html

  6. I love this! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

  7. I love this...fantastic job! It looks great, and the activities are wonderful!! So glad you shared at Shine On Fridays!