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Friday, December 2, 2011

Branch Advent

Didn't ever get around to starting an advent, and now you're bummed it's already Dec 5th?  Don't worry!  What about doing just a 10 or 12 day countdown?  Or do 12 days of Christmas (which really go from Dec 25 to Jan 6)  You may need something fun going on in those days before kids go back to school!

My twist on branches in a glass bottle.

I saw it as an advent calendar sometime last year, and thought about making it.
Here is the picture I found that I fell in love with

and here's the link to actual post about it (for some reason the above picture isn't in that post anymore)
Branch Cone Advent

Anyway, I made cones last year but wasn't sure what to do about branches, and to buy them from the store can get expensive (they're colored, and have lights on them, and they're huge!)  So I hung them up on some twine like a garland, but I had to tape each one to the wall because they kept trying to twist.  So annoying.

This year I had a stroke of genius and looked in our backyard full of trees :)  I found some branches, trimmed off the tiny twigs and tried spraying them white.  But it wasn't working.  The paint was cheap, the branches were still a bit damp, and any place with moss was soaking the paint right up and making it disappear.

So I grabbed Oil Rubbed Bronze instead and when it dried I blasted it with my spray glitter.  It was clearanced hairspray stuff from 2 Halloweens ago, so I sealed the branches with spray acrylic sealer to make sure the glitter actually stayed.

Then, since I can't leave well enough alone, (and because the branches were too wimpy to hold up a couple dozen paper cones, especially if I put treats in them) I made new hanging numbers.  I had a piece of scrapbook paper with all the numbers in circles already so I just cut them out.  Then I made little pockets to put on the back to slip in a paper with the day's activity.

This is the first year we've tried an activity advent; it's always been little candies before.  We'll get enough treats through the season without that though.  The girls even helped me come up with some of the ideas.

Notice the two cardboard trees next to it too.  One is spray painted white and covered in epsom salt.  The other is wrapped in twine with jingle bells glued to it.  Super easy! 

Here's to a wonderful Christmas season! 

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  1. Oh, I love that Steph! The color scheme is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Some more great projects, with a splash of Blue. LOL very nice. Love the idea!

  3. Very cool! I have a couple styrofoam tree forms that need to be "finished" and I have been trolling around looking for something that would fit in with our decorations this year, your twine and bell tree might just be the winner!
    nicole @ scrapmebaby.wordpress.com

  4. Such a great table top setting. The advent tree is
    very pretty! Thanks for linking up to Make the Scene Monday!

  5. Super cute! I love the cones and the tree! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Super Cute Stephanie!!!

    I'm joining 8 bloggers in hosting Blogging Around the Christmas Tree Party and today’s feature is Christmas Scapes at my place! I’d love to have you join up, the party is just beginning!


    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

  7. Your Branch Advent is SUPER FUN!!!

    Thanks for linking up to my party!
    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

  8. Love your twine cone with bell embellishments! Please share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My