Roo's Casa

Kid’s Advent Calendar Part 2
November 25, 2009, 5:44 pm
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts, Kids, Sewing

adventThe advent calendar is almost done.  So after glueing all of the numbers down and the tree, my kids made the ornaments that will go into the pockets.  

2The kids made the ornaments out of Perler beads, which was perfect because it became a craft for them as well.  You can find all of the patterns for the ornaments on the Perler bead site and also the pattern for the tree.  

3For the tree I actually traced it from my computer screen onto two papers so that I didn’t waste ink printing all of that color.  Then I taped the two parts of the tree together and just drew an outline outside of the tree two times to enlarge it.  I tried several other tree patterns and this tree just seemed the best for our ornaments to all fit.  

4Now my next decision is how to hang the ornaments on the tree. I always thought I would place little velcro dots all over the tree and the other part of the velcro would be glued to the ornament, but now I am not so sure it will hold up.  I worry that the velcro will be too strong and be difficult to use.  I also couldn’t find red velcro dots, so I had to cut my own circles which don’t look too great.  Using buttons is an idea.  I could stitch buttons on all over the tree and then thread some floss through the ornaments to hang them.  There will be some tests over the next few days to figure out what looks best.  I definitely want something that looks decorative even when the ornaments aren’t hanging yet.  

Just a note: the tree measures about 15.5 inches tall  and 10.25 inches wide at the widest part. The blue background fabric is about 34 inches tall (without the 1.5 inch pocket turned to the back so total it would be 35.5 inches before sewing) and 15.5 inches wide. I just spaced the pockets to fit.  There were no exact measurements on placing the pockets.  

IMG_8271IMG_8273I am also giving a kit to make all of this to two of my nieces for their birthdays.  Each kid contains the already assembled calendar, but they glue on the numbers, and then all of the beads and other supplies to make the ornaments.  The kit even includes a little book with all of the ornament patterns.






ETA: I decided to go with the buttons. Here are some pictures:











Here is a boy version I am starting for my son:


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