Advent Calendar

What do you do with too many baby food jars, some really cool tissue paper, and a can of spray paint?

Why, you make an advent calendar, of course!!

I wish I could say that everything I used I already had on hand, and had we unpacked all of my stuff we would have, but because some of it is still packed and stored, I had to buy some modge podge, some ribbon, the glittery stickers, and tissue paper. That made me a little sad, really, since this could’ve been a 100% buy nothing project, but regardless… recycled baby food jars!!!

I would also like to say that all the jars are filled, but alas, my computer crashed three times last week, taking my print file with it, three times in a row. Something about saving my file in Illustrator seemed to make my mac very unhappy, and I haven’t had the heart to try again. For now, we’ll imagine that these little jars are filled with time tickets a la Maya Made, which I thought was a beautiful idea. For a few months I’ve been wondering what to fill the calendar with, since our kids do not need more stuff, and with the baby crawling all around, little trinkets and toys are a disaster in the making. One of my most favorite gifts of all time was the gift certificate my mom made for me for a Mommy and Me dress-up and shopping date. What a beautiful way to turn the focus back to building those precious family moments together…

OK, so I think I’ll get back to work on that time ticket file now.

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7 thoughts on “Advent Calendar

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  3. This is a fabulous idea, I’d love to do this kind of calendar for my kids but I’m a modge podge newbie. Did you do this on the inside or the outside of the jar?

    • Kristina! Thank you for your comment, and I’m so sorry it took me this long to respond. When I did this, I put a little bit of Modge Podge on the exterior of the jar, then placed the tissue paper, then added more Modge Podge—rinse, lather, repeat—until the entire jar was covered, leaving the threads uncovered so the lid would still seat. I hope that helps, as late as this is!

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