Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY Christmas Series / Advent Calendar / The White Buffalo Styling Co.

Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co is one of those bloggers that make the blogsphere better just by being a part. She is such an encourager and her blog is a must read, not to mention she has killer style.

 DIY-advent-calendar


First of all, a huge thank you to Eileen for having me!
I have loved Eileen's blog and style for so long and am truly honored to be included in this series. She really is the cutest and sweetest...and it doesn't hurt that she's a fellow South Carolina girl!
I tried to DIY the majority of my Christmas decorations this year. It's cheaper, but I really think it also gives you that one-of-a-kind look. I think a collected, handmade home is charming, after all.
At the top of my DIY Christmas list was an Advent Calendar. I love the goal of Advent and remembering what Christmas is really about. I love eagerly anticipating the big day by having a visual reminder in your home.
For my inspiration, I looked to what I already had in my home. I had tons of fabric lying around, as well as a driftwood branch and an idea began to take shape. Here's what I came up with.
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I've always loved the festive look of pennant banners and my favorite part is the different fabrics that give it a little more unique, handmade feel.
 
I used two different wool plaids, a vintage floral, and a stripe that were all some remnants I had lying around. The numbers are glitter alphabet and number stickers from Michael's. I had to buy two packs to have enough numbers for the whole project.
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I have a little silver jingle bell hung by a regular ornament hook that we move to a new pennant each day. I know many people count down how many days are left until Christmas, but we've always stuck with the date.
Before this advent calendar was even made, I knew where I wanted to hang it.
We have a little nook in our living room just big enough to fit a small console table. I wanted to put our nativity here because it's at the center of the house and is a great reminder of why we're celebrating.
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I didn't even think about the colors of our nativity when making the advent calendar, but it coordinates pretty well!
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The best part is that this is an incredibly easy and cheap project. Since I already had the fabric and branch, my total cost was $9.00 (two packs of letters, using a Michael's coupon of course, and the string).
Here's the tutorial:
TUTORIAL
Simple right?
Here are a few helpful hints that I discovered while making this project. First of all, don't worry too much about the size of the pennants. I wanted a handmade look, so a little variation was great. Plus that saves tons of time.
One of the easiest parts of this project is that the numbers are stickers. Yep, they stuck on in about two minutes and have held really well.
Notice I said that I taped the pennants onto the string. You could hot glue them, which I'm sure will last longer over time, but I've had no problem with mine staying intact and it was so quick and easy.
There you have it!
Thanks again for having me, Eileen. Merry Christmas, y'all!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Eileen! So happy to be on your fabulous blog :)

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  2. So creative! Really love that it's different than most advent calendars - way to think outside the box, and to use what you have! Awesome.

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