Thursday, 1 November 2012

Advent - Counting down to Christmas week one

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Magnetic advent christmas tree

 
Ok, it's November, it's time to get Christmassy!!  What better way to start the season that with a Blog Hop! 
 
I'm delighted to co-host the Counting down to Christmas blog hop alongside Rainy Day Mum, Mummy..Mummy..MUM!, Life At The Zoo, Here Come the Girls The Fairy and The Frog, Jennifer's Little World, Playful Learners and TheBoyandMe.  Counting down to Christmas will be taking place over eight weeks running up to Christmas with a different theme each week, and week one is advent, so if you have any advent crafts please link them up below.

 
 
Previously we've just had the cheapy chocolate advent calendars, but this year I thought we'd try something different.  Inspired by Johnny in a dress' felt Christmas tree and Heart felt wall hangings magnetic Christmas countdown I decided to combine both ideas and make a magnetic advent christmas tree.
 
I started by taping a Chrsitmas tree shape onto a large metal board that we use for magnet play sometimes, ours is from IKEA (Spontan).
 
 
 
Next we (thanks friend S) cut out some clip art baubles that I put numbers 1-24 on.  Then we laminated them, cut them out again then hot glued on some magnets.

 
This is finished product!  The photo doesn't give you an idea of size as it's pretty big (about 60cm), I'm hoping that as the days progress and the boys build up their stash of baubles they'll enjoy playing with this and regularly decorate and re-decorate the tree.

 
And, a close up.  The star is for Christmas day.  This was one evenings work in front of the TV, a nice chilled way to start the Christmas season!

 
How are you counting down to Christmas?  Want to share?  Link up below.
 

16 comments:

  1. cool idea. i love the big magnet board.

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    1. Thanks, we hadn't used the board for awhile so its been good to dig it out. Thanks for stopping by

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  2. That's a really good idea. Keep hearing about this "hot glue" but never seen any,

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I have a glue gun and it melts the glue making it hot and a lot stronger than white glue. Not sure hot glue is its proper name though, hope that helps

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  3. Very fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library.

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  4. What a great idea for Advent. We have a beautiful wooden Advent calendar that my parents gave us. I fill the doors with homemade parts of nativity scenes for my daughter to put together and tell the Christmas story. She loves it! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  5. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library. I always had an advent calendar growing up. This one is great.

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  6. Cute. We have a metal tray that goes on our refrigerator with magnets and the kids love taking them off to count down.

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  7. Love all these advent activities!! It's right around the corner....

    Thanks for liniking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT week,
    Beth =-)

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  8. Great Idea !! I realy realy love it!!

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  9. This is so cool! What a great tree!

    I would love for you to link this up to the Holiday Hop of Goodies on my site. http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2012/11/holiday-hop-of-goodies-introducing-our.html

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  10. LOve this: some great advent ideas linked up! THAnks for linking up with our Activity ADvent!

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    1. Thanks, I'll be sure to check out the link up for more advent ideas

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  11. Thank you again for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I did an Advent Calendar Round-Up today and featured yours.

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