DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}Hello, friends!  I literally just finished up my son’s advent calendar the night before December 1st. I’m such a last minute mommy.  But, I do love how it turned out! We saw some really cool Lego and Playmobil calendars and actually almost got one, but I decided to make one instead with little gifts that I knew Ethan would love for sure.

I started out by purchasing some little wooden display cubbies at Daiso.  For those of you who don’t know this store, it is awesome – it’s the dollar store of Japan and here in the US, everything in the store is $1.50.  See, awesome, right?! Anyway, I found these cubbies there – they came in one row of three so I bought 8 of them so I could have a total of 24 cubes.  I arranged them together and used wood glue and clamps to put them together to make one large box of 24 cubbies.DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}So, guess what I stuffed into these mini paper sacks that I got from Michaels?  Shopkins!  Omigosh, guys, I’m not really sure why Ethan is so obsessed with these little things but he loves them!  So I put one in each bag, punched two holes in the center and tied it with baker’s twine.  Next, I used my Silhouette to print and cut little circles with numbers and used double-sided tape to stick them to the mini sacks.DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}I also used my Silhouette to make the gable box for the 25th day which just contains a special piece of chocolate.  And lastly, I made a December label and adhered it to a clothespin that clips onto a little wood box I found lying around the house.DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}DIY Advent Calendar {chirpy threads}So there you have it… a Shopkins Advent Calendar!  Ha!  Happy December!

xoxo, Jen

Rustic Ruler Growth Chart

I’ve wanted to make a growth chart for Ethan for quite a while now.  And seeing that he recently turned two, I knew I had to bump the project up to priority status!  I wanted to mark his height every year on the chart.

My vision of the growth chart was simple.  I wanted a wood chart that resembled something like a ruler.  A piece of art that we could hang on a visible area in the living room.   I also wanted it to resemble a vintage piece, really distressed and rustic looking.  There are so many DIY growth charts out there but this one and this one inspired me the most.

And so our journey began.  We didn’t have any wood on hand so we went to Home Depot to purchase a board.  Funny story – we went into the store with intentions to spend close to nothing, but instead walked out with a $25 piece of wood!  The wood board was labeled $4.25.  Silly me.  I thought that was the price of the whole board.  We were a bit taken aback when the cashier stated $25 – it was priced by the foot!  Since we had it cut (and didn’t want to cause an unnecessary scene) we just bought it anyway.  And then justified the purchase on the car ride back home!

There was immense pressure to make this thing perfect – we couldn’t screw up this expensive piece of wood now!  We first painted the board with a gray primer, then painted two coats of white over that.  Next, I marked the ruler lines with pencil on the board and then traced over them with a black paint pen.

I bought number stickers at Michaels after drooling over this growth chart.  I really liked the size and font of the numbers.  I peeled off the number and stuck the backing on the board to use as a stencil.  I then painted black over the stencil.

After peeling off the stickers, the final (and most time consuming) part was to sand down the board.  This was actually a two day process for me.  My fingers would hurt after a half hour of straight sanding.  Ugh!  But it was so worth it.  I LOVE how it turned out!

Here is my happy boy enjoying his growth chart!

And finally, I need to give my husband credit for applying the finishing touch — neatly and carefully installing the board onto the wall!

xoxo, Jen