One of our fav crafts during the holiday season has to do with the outpouring of DIY advent/countdown to christmas calendars. Our last post covered a creative way to create your own Christmas countdown calendar using a stretched canvas. Today we’d like to follow up with another creative countdown to Christmas craft, but this time with a banner.
The steps involved in this craft are extremely simple, and they’re kid friendly, which means you can round up the kiddos and have them all make a couple of pieces for the banner.
Begin with an assortment of cardstock papers. We chose the following: Farmhouse Christmas Stripe, Farmhouse Christmas Kraft, Black and Ivory zigzag, Black and Ivory French Linen Stripe on Ivory and Kraft, Red Ribbon Stripe on Kraft, and Red Pin Dot on Kraft.
Cut various shapes from the papers. As you can see we did basic shapes like snowmen, mittens, christmas trees, and stars. I will say it’s much easier to use big, basic shapes because they’re easier to stuff and sew!
Punch or cut numbers from the Numerals on White paper.
We used a decorative punch, but cutting will be just as effective!
Sew the shapes together using a sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine, glue and/or staples work just as well. But be sure to only glue the edges because in the next step you stuff them!
Stuff the shapes using cotton, beans, rice, etc. Then finish off the seam or complete with glue.
Lastly, add those #s to the bottom of the shape using a hole punch and red hemp rope.
This banner can be used as a garland, for mantle decor, hall decor, etc. Just be creative but most of all have fun!
Here are some additional advent crafts we love!