Wednesday, November 10, 2010

{Christmas Advents} Snowflake Christmas Countdown

Hey everyone!
Rebecca Cooper here from simple as that. I'm so excited to be back here at eighteen25 and I can't wait to share with you this simple christmas countdown I created last year. It is made up of 25 snowflakes each one when turned over reveals a Christmas related activity to do each day from December 1st through Christmas day.


Not only was this countdown a huge hit with my kids but it also made a cute little addition to our holiday decor (two birds, one stone...what's not to love here?) So today I'm going to share with you how to make your own snowflake Christmas countdown as well as give you a few ideas of activities that you can include in your own version. You ready...

 
To make your own countdown here's what you're going to need:
-some white & craft colored cardstock
-a snowflake diecut (you could even cut out your own if you're feeling ambitious!) The diecut I used can be found here but there are a ton of pretty snowflake dies out there, like this one, this one or this one. If you don't have a large snowflake die or a lot of space available  you could even consider creating this project on a smaller scale using a smaller size diecut.
-a list of 25 simple Christmas activities to do each day in your countdown. You can download my list here. The font I used is CK Chemistry and can be downloaded free here.
-pop dots or adhesive foam squares
-a tiny hole punch
-some string

Here's how to put your Christmas countdown together:
1. simply cut out all 25 of your snowflakes. I alternated between white and craft cardstock for mine.
2. print out your list of countdown activities & cut each one out in small strips.
3. attach the word strips to each snowflake using the popdots or foam squares.
4. punch a small hole at the top of each snowflake.
5. thread string through the hole and display somewhere in your home. If you don't want to hang them, how cute would it be to simply attach them all to the back of a door or fill a wall with snowflakes?

and that's it!

So simple to put together and such a fun way to countdown to Christmas!

Here is a list of some more Christmas activities that you might consider adding to your countdown.
Do you have anything else fun to add to the list? Be sure to share your ideas in the comments. :)
-go caroling
-write down your favorite Christmas memory in your journal
-make Christmas ornaments
-make Christmas cards for your friends
-play with snow INDOORS (shaving cream)
-write a Christmas story
-go for a drive and look at Christmas lights
-have hot chocolate
-make handmade gift tags for Christmas presents
-do your chores while listening to Christmas music
-play musical chairs with Christmas music
-pick out a toy to give to a child in need/a local charity
-bake Christmas cookies
-decorate gingerbread houses

Have a great week everyone!
Thanks for such a simple + fun addition to our advent week Rebecca!! 

17 comments:

  1. I love this idea. I used to have a present for the kids to open every day leading up to Christmas (back when I only had one or two) now that I have four- it's just too much money. I love that these ideas are simple and mostly free, but sum up the entire feeling of Christmas- spending time with family making memories and serving others. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  2. LOVE it! I'm off to find a snowflake die-cut!!! : )

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  3. I remember seeing this on your blog last year. You always have the best crafts for kids. I love this since snowflakes are my favorite decoration for winter time. Thanks for the easy downloads too.

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  4. i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea and luckily I have a cricut that can cut the snowflakes. Can't wait to get started on this.....

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  5. What a fabulous idea. I love your cute snowflakes and all your fun ideas that focus on time together making memories.

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  6. Thanks for the cute ideas. Especially the list of what to do. My aunt made my girls an advent calendar a couple of years ago and filled it for them, but it's been my job ever since. Even with two kids it can get expensive and I really don't want a lot of junk toys around the house, so I like the ideas that center around doing things as a family. Keep up the good work!

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  7. Thanks for the cute ideas. Especially the list of what to do. My aunt made my girls an advent calendar a couple of years ago and filled it for them, but it's been my job ever since. Even with two kids it can get expensive and I really don't want a lot of junk toys around the house, so I like the ideas that center around doing things as a family. Keep up the good work!

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  8. Super idea...I firmly believe simple is good and time spent with family is the best gift ever! Can't wait to pull out our Advent calendar.

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  9. Terrific idea! I love counting down to holidays.

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  10. Fantastic idea!
    Great decoration and Great anticipation!

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  11. Awesome! One of my favorites is wrapping all Christmas books then each night for the month of December my oldest can unwrap a book or two to read before bed.

    http://humblebeehomestore.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-traditions.html

    And when we make our gingerbread men we will decorate them, then read "The Gingerbread Man" story.

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  12. Thank you for sharing these - they're so sweet! I'm including them in my Friday Favorites this week!

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  13. Super cute! Just featured!

    http://ucreatewithkids.blogspot.com/2010/11/tutorial-holiday-advent-calendars.html

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  14. Love this idea, what a great thing to do for our Saturday!

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