Monday, November 29, 2010

Savvy Advent Garland

It is so hard to believe that December 1st and Christmas are Upon us.
This year I wanted to create an Advent Piece that would be fun, practical, and appealing. When I saw this Pottery Barn Advent I fell in LOVE. The problem is that it costs $299 and is not practical with 2 3 year olds. So I kept the image tucked away in my ever foggy mind and continued on with my crazy life.

Then Anders Ruff posted their Advent Cones and I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

With the Pottery Barn Advent as my inspiration I headed to our Local Dollar Tree. There I was able to get all of the materials I would need to complete my Savvy Style Advent Garland. I purchased the following items:

25 Pails (in sets of 3 so 9 sets) for $9

Twine $1

Clothes Pins $1

Santa Ornaments $2

Fillers $3

Total Cost $21

Here is how I created the Advent Garland

I printed out my Anders Ruff Advent Cones and cut them to fit the Dollar Pails.

Then I hot glued the printable to the pail.

I wanted my advent to be a spiritual one (but you can always just use the idea as a countdown). One that would have teachable activities for my children. It just so happens that My Insanity had just shared her Advent and printable list. So in the spirit of Christmas I accepted her gift and am using her list for our advent. I filled each pail with snacks and treats, which coincided with each number, and the Action that each day inspires. I then hung the 25 pails evenly with the clothespins on my twine line.

And there it is...My Advent Garland.

I hope you find some inspiration and tips from my Savvy Seasonal project.



  1. WOW! I am absolutely in awe! You have totally inspired me. It's so much more fulfilling to make something amazing than to just buy it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. That is just super adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have been scratching my head for the last 24 hours trying to figure out how to whip up an advent style garland - PERFECT! Thanks for the post!!

  4. Oh I love this idea! You two ladies come up with the cutest stuff : ) Keep up the good work!


  5. love the way that looks in your window! great job!

  6. You did an awesome job with our printables! SOOO GREAT! It looks so professional and adorable!

  7. so cute Bri!! WIsh I had to time or effort to do that! That is why you are you! XO

  8. Thank You all for your kind and complementary words. Smiles~

  9. Aha! So that's what you were up to! Great idea, crafty girl! :)

  10. I absolutely love this!! Such an adorable idea!