TALK ABOUT WAITING until the last minute. Tomorrow is the first of December, and I just finished my son’s advent calendar! He’s only two, so he really wouldn’t know any better if I didn’t have it ready on time, but this mama’s got principles!
I knew I wanted to do a Christmas-themed book each day until Christmas, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to present them. Then it occurred to me that I was really sick of restyling the blue bookcase in my foyer for each holiday. The obvious solution was to clear out all of the crap and replace it with different crap! And here you have it:
The bad thing about waiting until the last minute is that you’re stuck with the light you are given. It was a bright and sunny morning in my neck of the woods, but as I was wrapping up the books the soup-gray-winter-in-Pennsylvania-sky rolled into my neighborhood. Alas, the pictures are a bit dark.
If you have a tall bookcase like mine, this project couldn’t be easier or more fun. All you need is 24 books, wrapping paper, gift tags, a marker and tape.
I wanted to set my books up so they resembled a Christmas tree. Selecting three different wrapping papers helped me distinguish the three parts: trunk, tree and tree-topper. I picked coordinating papers and large hanging gift tags to use for the numbers in my Advent Calendar. These supplies all came from the holiday shop at Target.
Before wrapping my books, I propped them up in the bookcase in the shape of a Christmas tree. I used coffee table books, candle holders and even a few large cans of tomatoes (organic, of course!) to help my books stay upright.
I decided to do Christmas-themed books because my son only had a few. There are hundreds to choose from on Amazon, with Little Blue Truck’s Christmas, Eric Carle’s Dream Snow and Merry Christmas Stinky Face being a few of my faves! Along with my new purchases are hand-me-downs from my son’s great grandmother and some books from my childhood years. I even used a few books that we bought for him last year because, like I said, he’s two and we can still trick him.
Using a black marker, I wrote a gift tag for each of the 24 books.
I also decided to embellish my “tree” with some miniature beaded garlands and yarn tassels, which I made my wrapping the yarn around my first three fingers about 15 times. Check out this easy tutorial from one of my favorites, Primitive and Proper, if you’d like to make your own tassels. These can be used for lots of different projects!
I threw some blue tinsel garland in the bottom of the bookcase to fill up the space. And that was that!
I’m really pleased with the final result. I hope my son has fun opening each one as we make our way to Christmas!
Do you do an Advent Calendar with treats or gifts? I’d love to hear your ideas so I can try something new next year!