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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!
When I started blogging, my kids were 10 years younger than they are now; one is in college, one is almost in college and my baby is in high school! Yikes, it goes so fast! Of course I have tons of photos, artwork, schoolwork, calendars, and journals and all the big events are recorded but it's easy to overlook the smaller events even though they are just as significant. I remember when my son learned to ride a bike, he learned on his brother's bike, but, what he remembered most was getting his own bike and not having to share. I'm glad I took a picture of him with his first bike because that smile was the biggest!
I created this tutorial for Mini Milestone Award Ribbons to go along with my new #StreamTeam partnership with Netflix*. Once a month I'll share themed streaming suggestions and I hope you'll share some of your favorites too. As you might have guessed, this month's theme is Mini Milestones.
I found some cute little charms at the bead store and thought they would be such a simple way to mark mini milestones in our kids lives. Although you can put a pinback on them so they can be worn, I like the idea of using them as ornaments so they can be brought out year after year to reminisce and remember.
Ballet shoes can be for a first dance or recital, a moon for first campout or sleepover, a schoolhouse charm for the first day of school. I like the little hand made charm below for their first hand made project! There are lots of charms and felt colors to choose from so it's easy to customize the ribbons to your own family's Mini Milestones.
Tools & Materials: click here for the pattern felt in two different colors (minimum size 4" x 3" and 2½" x 2½") 4½" length of coordinating ribbon charm to represent your Mini Milestone sticky back glittered craft foam scissors (use pinking shears for a nice decorative edge) fabric glue needle and thread small piece of wire or string to make a loop for hanging -OR- pinback to wear as a brooch cardstock (not pictured)
1 Print out the pattern. Use it to cut out one notched rectangle, one or two circles, and the number 1 from the craft foam. Reverse and trace the number on the back of the craft foam so you will get the correct direction. Two different sizes of circles are available in case you'd like to layer them and there are two different number fonts to choose from too.
2 Cut notches from each end of the ribbon, fold in half, and place a drop of glue at the fold to hold it down.
3 Glue the top of the ribbon to the top of the felt rectangle. Cut the number one from the craft foam. Peel off the backing from the number one and stick it to the center of the smaller circle. Glue the smaller circle to the bigger circle.
4 Glue the felt medallion to the top of the felt rectangle. Sew the charm in the center of the notch at the bottom of the felt rectangle.
5 Glue or sew a wire loop or pinback to the back of the award. Glue a piece of cardstock to the back of the felt ribbon if you'd like to make any notes about the award - circumstances, comments and date.
Here are some streaming suggestions from Netflix for celebrating Mini Milestones:
Of course, you know your children best so please use any movie and TV suggestions only as a guide and be sure to preview before sharing with your kids.
*I hope you'll enjoy this #StreamTeam sponsorship with Netflix and know that all opinions and words written here are my own. I choose my sponsorships carefully and only work with companies that I like. I have been a long time customer of Netflix and was thrilled to be able to partner with them as these kinds of sponsorships help support The Crafty Crow. Blogging is more than a hobby for me, it's my job and part of how I support my family as a single mom so I appreciate your understanding.
Don't miss out on this classic fall craft at Pink Stripey Socks. This version of pressed leaves uses contact paper instead of wax paper. She also shares how to make a paper bag pumpkin, a perfect craft for toddlers.