12/01/2011 09:33 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Count Down 'Til Christmas With a DIY Advent Calendar


When I was little, my mom made an advent calendar for me and my sister. Hers was similar to this one expect the tree was made out of felt, she cross-stitched the numbers onto the pockets and each ornament was a tiny little gem of an object like a mini-toy soldier or a sentimental piece of my grandmother's jewelry. Each year she shuffled the contents of the calendar's pockets so each morning when we pulled an ornament out to pin to the tree we were surprised. I wish I had a picture to show you.

This is a quick and easy tutorial for how I recreated one of my favorite parts of Christmas from childhood.

This is the sameview of the diagram for the canvas piece that is in the slide show. I have listed it twice for better resolution:

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