These past few years, though, I've been loathe to buy the cheap, wasteful, packaging heavy calendars. All that plastic and cardboard, shrink-wrapped in MORE plastic. Ugh. Grossness.
Although I was sorely tempted to purchase a reusable advent calendar, they were usually pricey, from large evil companies (Starbucks had a cool tree-one with drawers a few years back) or weren't made for chocolates (I mean, why bother then?).
This year I was determined to make my own, dammit.
My friend over at Mama Hayes suggested I look at Pinterest for inspiration. I'm not really a pinterest gal (another post that), but I will admit, inspiration struck in the form of mason jars.
"I have 25 jars! I could totally do an advent jar-alendar!"
12 hours of crafting later and two days late and they are done. Once I started and realized just how much work they would be, I was too invested to stop. And I'm SO glad I didn't. Now that they are completed, I'll just have to pack'em up in a box and next year will be a max of 5min.
(The finished product!)
In case you'd like to give it a go, have a weekend free (or helpers) here's how I did it:
Jar Advent Yulemas DIY calendar
Jazz Christmas Music playlist
25 jars of different sizes (I even used old spice jars!)
An old white t-shirt
cotton cooking yarn (or ribbon)
Tissue paper (I save mine from previous presents)
A hole puncher
(my jars, all lined up!)
2. Using an appropriately sized bowl (I used a medium anchor storage container and for the wide mouthed jars I used a large anchor storage container) trace and then cut the t-shirt circles that will cover the lids. I tried doing one per jar, but that took forever, it went way faster once I got all the circles done.
3. Add tissue and chocolates to all the jars. Seriously, I made the mistake of doing five jars with no chocolates... reopening and putting chocolate in wasn't fun.
4. Cut out all the labels and punch holes in them. Place them in the bowl you used for tracing. That way when you tie them on you'll be choosing the jar size at random.
5. Place a piece of circle tape (ya know, the loop that Mr Dress-up taught us how to do as kids) in the middle of a t-shirt circle. Tape the circle in the middle of a lid.
6. With the lid attached to the jar, cut out a piece of string (ribbon) leaving about 3-4 inches extra on each end to allow for bow-tying.
7. Here's where a buddy comes in handy; holding the t-shirt down, wrapping your thumb and index finger around the lid, place the string around the lid. Either use your mouth to tighten the string, or get your buddy to hold the string in place and tie it tightly. I think glue gunning the string might prove helpful... but I didn't have a glue gun handy.
8. Thread one piece of the string through the label, make a bow and voilà! Fini!
My plan is to push each jar back as the days go on, so it shows the progression along the month towards Yulemas! :)
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