12.05.2011

Advent Christmas Countdown Calendar & Free Printables

Last weekend,  I shared some Advent/Christmas Countdown Calendars with you.  If you missed that post, you can view it here.

I finally finished my own piece and since it’s already the 5th of December and I literally created this in a couple of hours yesterday (and didn't want to spend any more time on it) I decided that I would keep mine more of countdown to Christmas day.

Next year, I may add to the back of the tags.  Maybe fun things for the family to do together each day or I may add scripture, we'll see what next year brings, for now it's a countdown...

So here’s what I came up with. AND the best part?  I didn’t buy anything new for this project.
The most time consuming part of this project was designing the numbered tags. 
But I DO LOVE using my computer as my canvas and designing!  I could sit and design stuff ALL.DAY.LONG!! (and I have, many a days ;)

I’m pleased with how the numbered tags came out. If you like them and want them for yourself they are FREE for you to print out at the bottom of this post.
My boys are excited, they heard me talking about a Christmas Countdown & they were thrilled!  We use to make those paper chains, but it’s been a long time since we did that.

I used an empty frame that I had in storage…

and some jute twine. . .

and simply wrapped it around the frame many times.

This is the back. The jute twine is all one big long piece, tied at the top of the frame and again at the bottom.  You can see the knot in the lower left corner of the frame.
:)
and voila! that’s my version of a Christmas countdown.


And here are your FREE printables:





Click the photo’s above to print the PDF files.  Each one is an individual file, so you’ll have to click and print each page separately.

ENJOY! You can use these numbered tags so many different ways. How about hanging the tags from a little Christmas tree, or from branches in a pretty vase. Or you can use them to organize things within your home like baskets, bins, boxes, etc.

Remember: Delightful Order printables are for personal use only.  If you use them, please link back to my site AND let me know by leaving me some comment love.

Later on this week, I’ll show you what else I’m using these tags for (with more free stuff!)  So come back soon to check it out.

One last reminder!  You still have time to enter our current giveaway that is going on NOW until 5:00pm (PST) tonight. Winner will be announced tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6th! 

May you be a little inspired! Until next time,
DaNita

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17 comments:

  1. Your advent turned out awesome! I finished one last week that is very similar. :)

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-calendar.html

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  2. wow Danita you did an amazing job! Love the colors and the whole idea is just awesome! Great job girl :) thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great job! I'm new to your blog, but I've read some of your posts and they're really inspiring!

    By the way, how do you design these tabs on your computer?

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  4. Danita, you are awesome! I was just looking for an idea for Brielles advent calendar...Yee haw!

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  5. Those are great printables! Thanks for sharing them. Cute Advent calendar idea.

    I'm visiting from the Tip Me Tuesday hop.

    Sara
    http://www.TheOtherEndOfTheCandle.com

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  6. Isn't the computer just a fabulous resource! It makes everything that bit easier and so attainable. Your advent calendar is lovely. We create a printed advent calendar as well, it is so easy isn't it?

    theoverhaul.co.uk

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  7. Cute!!! Great printables- I love advent calendars and Christmas countdowns!! My friend made an advent calendar- check it out here:

    http://davenportdiy.blogspot.com/2011/11/guest-post-homemade-advent-calendar.html

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  8. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

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  9. Can I just say that I am LOVING your ideas!!!
    Serenity

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  10. I love the printable tags. I used them for our first 25 days of christmas and used mailing labels printed with our "things to do" then just stuck them to the backs of the tags. Thanks for posting these!

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    1. Awesome! So glad to know there being used :)

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  11. the back of the tags could be some nice holiday spirit things you can encourage your children to think about, and be thankful for, or small actions they can take to remember Christmas is really about giving. And not just "what Santa can bring me, cuz I've been good all year."

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  12. WHAT a cute site! I don't have much time to be a crafter, but I am "the" Christmas NUT!!! However, I am also *the* ADD Poster Girl, and run a time consuming coaching/training business (ADDers are tough to manage -- lots of oopses & hand-holding time; and I don't have to tell YOU how much time it takes to publish a blog!)

    But, even years when I have been able to take December "off," I have always struggled to get it all in by 12/25.

    So I decided years ago to celebrate 12th Nite -- Epiphany - January 6th - I call it the ADD Christmas. (Hey! If it was ok for the Wise Men, who are we to quibble?)

    Think about it - not only does it give you more time to get everything done:
    a-you get to actually enjoy what you DO manage to do by 12/25 in a smaller, quieter, more "meaning of the season" fashion (with quiet time to appreciate your decorations)
    b-it nicely skirts the Santa issue if Santa brings stockings etc. on Christmas Eve and family gifts come later, *AND*
    c-any gifts purchased after 12/25 allow you to take advantage after-Christmas sales, when the stores get LESS crowded every day 'till deadline
    (kids who buy presents "with their own money" LOVE this system, btw)

    So that's why I'm still trolling Christmas sites on New Years Day. I still have five more days to go!!!

    Too late already for this idea, but for NEXT year, I will be adapting your advent tag-printable idea in two ways:
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    1 - For Christmas I will print it twice, and glue two back to back, but in the "opposite" order, so I can turn the #1 around (for example) - and on the back it will say 24 (as in Days Left until Christmas) .

    Tags will start in calendar order, but "reverse" as the month wears on - counting down (I can use all the help I can get with this time thing ::grin::).

    2 - For 12th Nite, it's a little trickier - you start "counting down" on the 26th of December for 12 Nights (look at a calendar, it makes more sense if this is new to you).

    I may ALSO adapt your "grateful jar" idea in reverse, too - pick a [gold or silver] leaf with a quote, random act of kindness, or small festive to-do ALREADY on it for each day, since putting anything else on the "back" side of the numbers would defeat the purpose (for me).

    So THANKS for ALL your adorable ideas & free printibles for the "craft-impaired" - great site! (I'm on WordPress, not Blogger, so I can't hit "like" without confusing my FB friends - sorry!) I'll be back when I can, and will also visit some of the blogs of your crafty commenters.

    And I WILL link anything "related" to the info on my ADD/EFD etc. blog (more than you'd think, actually!)

    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC
    - ADD Coaching Field co-founder -
    (blogs: ADDandSoMuchMore and ADDerWorld - dot com!)
    "It takes a village to educate a world!"

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  13. Just found this on Pinterest! Thanks so much for the printable! Really helped this busy Mom out :)

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  14. Hiya
    I just found this on Pintrest and as it is already the 2nd of December need wanted something quick but stylish. Very difficult to find but I just love yours thanks so much for sharing the tags they are gorgeous can't wait to get printing!!!

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  15. I can't wait to make an advent calendar to use with my daughter! Thanks for making these available!

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