Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Celebrations: ribbon roll advent calendar

Every year I try to come up with a different type of advent calendar or Christmas countdown. This one doesn’t involve treats so it won’t be very popular at my house. But that’s okay – I like it.

This year I made a ribbon roll up or ribbon “unroll” countdown.

The ribbon is rolled up on a tube and each day we will unroll just enough to show the date. By Christmas morning, the entire ribbon will be unrolled.

To make this ribbon roll up countdown, I cut a piece of holiday red ribbon and created the numbers in Word. I used light weight printer paper so that the paper numbers would roll up with the ribbon. The numbers were cut out with a one inch circle punch.

Each date was decorated with fun holiday embellishments – snowflakes, stars and rhinestones.

The tube was in my stash and it’s about 1/2 inch in diameter and very sturdy. I can’t recall what it was from but I tend to save little goodies like tubes and containers (anyone else hoard strange things?) I covered the tube in scrapbook paper. Using a regular wire hanger, I cut about 4 inches off the bottom wire, inserted the tube and then reshaped it so that the hanger would be smaller.

Here it is unrolled. It’s really long – it was hard to get a photo of the entire ribbon.

And so, the countdown begins…

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  1. Very original, great idea. We have already worked out a home Advent calendar. Your also a great and easy. Iva

  2. I really love it, Carolyn!!
    Very creative, and charming home decor.

  3. Love the fresh take on the advent calendar!

  4. What a clever idea! This is so pretty and so unique. :)

  5. That is completely awesome! I love everything about it!

  6. What a cute idea! It's so pretty!

  7. That's so pretty ... it has a real vintage-y look that I love.

  8. cute idea!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great rest of the weekend.

  9. Carolyn ~ you never ever cease to amaze me! Another lovely unique creation.

  10. This is such a fun and clever idea. Thank you for sharing it with Christmas in July:-)

  11. Love this idea. Going to pass it on the my grandchildren and their families for next year. I may even make it for them.


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