Year after year I am amazed at the variety of creative and beautiful advent calendars you all come up with. I've been doing advent calendar round-ups every year and these are my choices this year. Some are as easy as blowing up balloons and others you'll have to get out the sewing machine so there should be something for everyone. To see them all, check out the Advent and Countdown Calendar category here at The Crafty Crow and you'll find even more on my Advent Calendar board on Pinterest. This year I've also included seven free printable advent calendar labels to help in creating your own!
I'm happy to share these beautiful thankful crafts that would be a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving decor. Besides being a sweet peek into the minds of your kids, thankful crafts are a good way to remind them of the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving, just in case they were thinking it was all about the turkey and pumpkin pie!
I can't resist saving egg cartons so I thought I'd make a fall wreath to put a few of them to good use. If you haven't made an egg carton wreath you really must give it a try. They make a great family craft and the results are so pretty. Meanwhile, you've made use of something that usually goes in the trash. The directions are fairly straight forward: cut an egg carton into flowers and leaves, paint them, then glue onto a wreath shape.
Cut a wreath shape from the cardboard. I traced a small plate for the outside edge and a plastic lid for the inside. The diameter of my wreath is about 8 inches.
Paint the wreath brown and let it dry.
Cut flower shapes from the egg carton cups, and leaves from the flat areas. I cut the blue flowers from the tall spacers between the egg cups. I suggest an older child or adult do the cutting as it can be a bit of a chore. You might want to cut the flowers out ahead of time.
Paint the flowers and leaves with acrylic paint and let dry.
While the flowers are damp with paint they are fairly pliable so if you'd like to give them a little shaping give it a go, but once they are dry they are very sturdy.
Place the flowers and leaves in a pleasing way around the wreath and when you're happy with your design then glue them on.
The little flat flowers are cut from the very bottom of the egg cup.
I've been crocheting these round place mats and I thought the wreath looked so pretty on this one.
If you liked this tutorial I hope you'll give it a pin!
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