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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Garland of Giving!


I am part of a wonderful holiday service series coming up with the talented Kristen at My Junk Drawer!
I was excited to increase our family's giving spirit this season!


These little cuties are so excited for Christmas!
But I want them to feel all of Christmas, the gifts and the joy of service.
I also wanted an advent calendar, so I got an idea!


I cut 3 ornament shapes out of paper.


Then used those as patterns to cut out 24 sets of fabric ornaments and 24 matching felt backs.


I cut out 24 squares of felt with my favorite pinking shears.


I sewed the felt squares to the felt backs.


Then I sewed the 2 layers of fabric ornaments to the felt back.


I hand-stitched each ornament to my favorite red and white polkadotted ribbon!


I typed up these 24 ideas for small acts of service my 3-year-old and 8-year-old could both do.
I printed the page at the Costco photo center and cut it into strips.
Click HERE to download the list.


I placed one act of service and 2 pieces of candy in the felt pocket in the back of each ornament.


And our garland of giving is complete!
I can't wait to do these with my kids all month leading up to Christmas!
Merry month of service and joy!!

29 comments:

laxsupermom said...

What a terrific idea! I love the idea of using the advent calendar to share the joy of giving rather than getting. Thanks for sharing.

Trish and Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

This is adorable! Love all the cute patterns together! :)

Would love for you to link up to our "Home For The Holidays" link party!

www.uncommondesignsonline.com

Cherish said...

What a great idea. This sounds like a very Christ-like tradition to implement.

Angie said...

That looks SO good! You are one talented girl! great idea... :)

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said...

I love this!

Miriam said...

I LOVE this idea. What a way to teach the true meaning of the season. I may have to make this my third advent calendar. :)

Mormishmom @ Funky PolkaDot Giraffe said...

So cute!!!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

We've done this same thing for the last few years - we call it our 24 Days of Service. It's been a great experience. Your garland is really cute!

cheapcraftymama said...

That is SO cute and such a great idea to get the kiddos thinking about giving! Love it!

Melanie said...

Super cute Jaime!! I made one out of toilet paper rolls... :-|

Eva Scott said...

Awww so cute! I'm pinning this for next year. :-)

Kristen said...

great idea! I'll be sharing this on my fb page and pinning it! found you on the tt&j linky party :)

Sarah said...

What a wonderful idea to truly celebrate the season of giving!

Sarah ~ thepurplehound.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Super Cute!! Love this idea!

Thanks for sharing!

I found you on TT&J! I would love for you come by and join me by linking this up at my new "Create and Inspire" linky party! ;)

Thanks,
Angie from A Little Inspiration

Carrie said...

What a wonderful idea. I would love it if you would share it at my sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-saturday-8.html. Thank you!

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

I just wanted to let you know that I love your project and I featured it today at "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog. You can see it here: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/02/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-7/

Awesome job, I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Jamie @ sewrockin.com

Andrea said...

Oh my Goodness! I love this idea, it's so creative and fun!
I'm visiting from tt&j;-)

mommyslessons.com said...

Wow! Awesome idea!

Heather said...

Very cute idea. love it.

Amy said...

Oh, wow! You just rocked my socks! I love everything about this idea, girl! The garland itself is so festive and fun and the activities inside are even better. I love how you're getting your kids {adorable pic of them, btw!} involved in giving of themselves. I really want to do something like this for my son. Pinning! THANK YOU for sharing at Shine On Fridays!

Katie said...

too cute! great idea :)

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday!

theminddoeswander said...

What a wonderful idea. It looks gorgeous AND it is meaningful...now that is Christmasy.

Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com said...
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Aimee said...

This is a treasure your family will forever LOVE! What a blessing!

XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

Such an awesome idea!! I love it!

Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com said...

I love this idea , Stop over at the blog tonight I'm featuring you <3 B

Johanson Family said...

Just wanted to leave a comment to let ya know that Ashley @ Cherished Bliss asked me to be a judge for her Christmas Tutorial Link Party and I am featuring you on my blog in my top picks!! I love this idea !! So cute and awesome giving ideas too!! I'll also be listing you on facebook on my Blog facebook page tomorrow too: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Johanson-Journey/107343806048275

Sarah Hull said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!

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