Roo's Casa

Countdown Blocks
December 13, 2010, 1:54 am
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts
I love to have countdowns and advent calendars for the holidays, so when I saw these blocks I just had to make them.
1.  Pick 6-12 of your favorite holiday scrapbooking papers. Cut them to the size of 3×3 inches.  I did 6 different papers twice (one per block).
2.  Cut out your numbers: 0,1,2,3,4,5 for the left side block and 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 for the right side block.  The 6 will work as a 9, so be sure to place it on paper that can be flipped.
3.  Cut your blocks to a 4×4 size.  I used some wood that is used for fence posts.  They weren’t exactly 4×4, but close enough.
4. Sand your blocks and paint using craft acrylic paint.
5.  Modge Podge each paper square to the sides of your blocks.  ( I used satin finish Modge Podge)

6.  Modge Podge the numbers to each side.
7. Modge Podge over the numbers and paper. I did 4 layers.
8.  Seal with some clear sealer.  ( On the back of the Modge Podge it recommends some spray sealer, but I didn’t want to use something toxic. I went with a clear paint on sealer by DecoArt. I am not sure yet how it holds up.  I do notice some slight stickiness.  )
9.  For the bottom base I cut some board to the size of my blocks.  I also painted that and Modge Podged on a strip of paper that says “Days ‘Till Christmas” that was printed from  the computer.



Nutcracker Painting
December 4, 2009, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts, Kids, Winter

IMG_8070The kids have been wanting these paintable Nutcrackers from Michael’s for two years now.  I finally bought them each one and here is one to show you.  My youngest kid’s Nutcracker is pretty much black.  He even covered the prepainted face.

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:

Kid’s Advent Calendar Part 1
November 10, 2009, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Kids, Sewing, Winter

2 I have always wanted to make an advent calendar that didn’t require filling pockets with more treats and gifts.  I have seen a few of this style advent calendars out there and this is what I have come up with.  First I cut the pockets out of felt measuring 2.5 inches x 2.25 inches.  The hardest part was coming up with the color arrangement.  Next, I stitched the pockets on using 3 strands of floss.  I tried to mix up the colors on each pocket.  
adventHere is a picture of the calendar so far. I cut the tree and centered it above the pockets.  More on where I got the pattern for the tree on the next post.  For the top of the blue felt background, I sewed down a little less than 1.5 inches to the back to create a little pocket to hang the calendar up.  

4The last thing I did for today was to cut out numbers to glue onto the pockets.  I just glued them using felt glue.  I also glued the tree down.

Halloween Drawing
October 19, 2009, 4:43 pm
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Crafts, Fall, Halloween, Kids

IMG_8121My kids love Ed Emberley’s drawing books.  When I saw these Halloween themed books, I had to get them.  They drew all kinds of pictures from them all weekend long.

Christmas Advent Calendar
June 8, 2009, 4:05 am
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Kids, Sewing, Winter

I made this advent calendar last year.  I stitched on each pocket and glued on each shape.  Some shapes have some embroidery stitches.  The only problem with this kind of calendar is that the pockets require treats or activities.

Halloween Countdown Calendar Directions
June 8, 2009, 3:31 am
Filed under: Advent Calendar, Crafts, Fall, Halloween, Holidays, Kids

  1. I made this Halloween Countdown calendar based off the one I saw in Pottery Barn last year.  Here is how I made it:
1.  Decide how large you want your pockets to be and cut out 32.   Mine are 3×4 inches.  I cut mine out of orange felt.
2.  I cut a long narrow piece of black felt and decided to cut off the length after the calendar was completed.  I put rows of four pockets to see how wide it needed to be and then cut the width.  
3.  Then I turned over the top 1.5 inches to the back side and sewed it down.  This will become the casing to hold the rod I put in it to hang it up.  
4.  I put out the letters that were cut spelling “Halloween” to see how much space I needed at the top.  Then I stared to sew down the pockets.
5.  For each pocket I measured from the edge 1 inch and then squared them up with the top.  Then, I pinned each pocket down to hold it in place.  Finally, I took two pieces of black embroidery floss and sewed by hand the pocket into place.  Make sure if you go across the top that you do not go through to the back.  The top is only for decoration.
6.  I spaced each pocket out about 3/4 inch and also 3/4 inch from the bottom of one pocket to the top of the next.  
7.  Some pockets needed some black felt sewed on before sewing down the orange part.  For those pockets I cut the black a little bit smaller than the orange and sewed all around the black to attach it to the orange.  Then I treated it as all the other pockets and sewed it down using the same technique as above. 
8.  After all of your shapes and numbers are cut out you can just simply glue them on using a good felt glue.  You can also glue on your “Halloween” letters at the top too.
9.  Finally, I cut off the excess fabric at the bottom and sewed a casing down there too using the 1.5 inches to the back.  I figure it adds some weight to hold the calendar down.  
10.  There are a lot of other ideas to do to your calendar like adding ric rac to the top and bottom and putting your family name at the bottom too.  
11.  Fill your calendar with treats or activity cards for the kids to do each day until Halloween.