Unlike my husband's family, my family didn't have an advent calendar that was used year after year. I remember that there were some years that we had Advent Calendars with the chocolates behind the windows. For years I had been wanting an advent calendar. I had been on the look out for just the right one. Alas, I didn't care for the ones you can buy in the store. My sister has a great one that is a little ceramic tree and every day you put a ornament (with a peg on the back) that you stick into a slot and it says how many days are left till Christmas. I have looked and looked but could not find one like it. For years I would look through catalogs trying to find one I liked.
This will be your template for the snow covered ground. I simply taped two pieces of paper together and did a free hand waving line to represent gentle mounds of snow piled on the ground. You will need to go go all the way across your project.
Now for my snow covered ground. I used two layers of the white fabric since it will become my pocket for the ornaments. The best way to get a satin stitch on the edge of the fabric is to sew your satin stitch, then carefully cut the fabric away on one edge. Keep some fabric glue on hand in case you snip the stitching. You can then tack down the thread with a touch of fabric glue. To do this I pinned my paper template over my white fabric and then stitched along the line I had drawn. The paper will tear away easily when you are done.
At this point I suggest you lay out your ornaments to see how you want them arranged. You will want to make sure that none of them hang down below your snow pocket. You can use pins to mark where you want to sew your buttons. Be sure to account for the total length of the ornament, including the loop. Sew on all your bottoms. When sewing on your snowflake buttons, be sure to check that they will be inside the finished mat area.
Here you can see my ornaments in their pocket.
I promised you a No Sew version of this calendar and here it is.
Use one large piece of blue Fun Foam for the background. Cut out the tree template shown earlier out of green fun foam. Use sticky dots to tack the tree pieces in place, starting with the bottom section and working your way up. If you do scrap booking, you will have brads on hand. Arrange 25 brads randomly around your tree. You can write numbers in a random pattern from 1 to 25 next to the brads if you wish. There is no snow pocket on this one, but you could easily add some white paper or more foam to represent snow on the ground under the tree. You can hang it on the wall with some removable two sided tape or what ever suits you. Keep the ornaments in a bowl on a stool near by.
I have a million versions of this in my head (ok maybe not a million).
You could use Anjeanette's no-sew fusible webbing and iron the fabrics together. Then all you would have to do is sew buttons (or get one of those button gun things). I didn't sew my snow pocket on to the rest of the piece. I tacked it in place around the edges of the art work that was originally in the frame.
If you like working with paper, you could get some poster board and cover it with a background paper and then make layer your tree on top. Use brads instead of buttons to hang your ornaments on the tree. Scrap booking embellishments will give you tons of options for dressing this up. You can still frame this and make it a beautify piece of art work. To hold all your ornaments you can get brass nails and line them around the frame or just down either side.
If you like paint, I could see this painted on canvas with buttons sewn on to the canvas. Or wood with brass nails to hold the ornaments on the tree. Make the snow pocket into a tray at the bottom.
Too bad I don't need a million Advent Calendars!!
I hope that we have inspired you this week to make an Advent Calendar of your own.
Remember, this is part of a whole week of advent calendars. Be sure to check out #1 which is a magnetic tin advent , #3 which is a fabric candy or activity advent, #4 which is a fabric or paper chain advent, and#5 is an embellished felt ornament and fabric advent!
Merry Christmas in July!!!
P.S This lives behind a dresser in my bedroom 11 months of the year and the others fit nicely in my Christmas storage bins.