Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tiny Stockings on a String

Advent Calendar Mini StockingsI know we haven't had Thanksgiving yet--I'm not breaking the picket lines here or anything--I'm just mentioning this cute idea because maybe in the course of the coming weekend you'll feel like a craft project.

Besides, if you're making an advent calendar then you kind of have to start thinking about it before December 1st or you get cheated out of some candy.

Because you will fill each of these tiny stockings hanging from a tiny laundry line with tiny clothespins with tiny candies in order to properly count down the days until Christmas.

You can't count down the days until Christmas unless you have candy. Truffles preferably. Almond Roca in a pinch.

These look harder than they are, just cut a basic stocking shape (front and back to match) out of felt. I'd recommend using pinking shears so you don't have to worry so much about being exact with your cutting. In fact it's a good way for little hands to have fun without the worry of exactness.

I cut complimenting toe and heel pieces then hot glued them to the fronts of the stockings then made little tick stitches in the heels and toes added cuteness ("tick stitches" probably isn't the right phrase for it but then I'm not a pro at embroidery here). I hot glued the front and backs of the stockings together, hot glued the white edge to each stocking with a number attached then got mini clothespins from the craft store so we can hang the line in our kitchen window.

Now there's no excuse for you not to be celebrating with candy.


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chelle said...

Those are soooo cute!

patty w said...

Very cute !

The kids are home from school today for the start of their Thanksgiving holiday break, so this is the "official" start of our Christmas crafting bonanza !

Happy, Happy to everyone.

Hugs :)

LLG said...

These are cute! I am not celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend (I already had mine, I am Canadian) but I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving nonetheless!!

J at said...

Mmm. Almond roca. Love it.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Thanks for your e-mail yesterday. Lovely of you to take the time to send me a note.

Your tips for the advent calendar are quite fun. Our family does something similar for our kids each year. It was great to read about a new approach. Really love the idea of "cutting" down a stocking each day. Have you ever filled the stockings with items other than candy? Although there is the very obvious benefit of having chocolate in your midst each day, I also have enjoyed including small things such as scissors for my kids' crafting efforts, socks, rubber stamps, stickers, or anything that equates to a small holiday surprise.

Also saw that you are providing a way for other blogs to promote their give-aways, etc, on your site. Wonderful of you to do so! We'll definitely keep that in mind for our future giveaways.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Duke, Kathryn, & Seamus said...

I've been looking for advent calendar ideas. This one is cute! And homemade, (a big bonus)! Thanks!

Ann said...

This is a really cute idea. I appreciate your consistently good blog.

Happy Thanksgiving.

NUGGETS said...

You have so many wonderful, and creative ideas. As the mom of a special needs young man, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your posts. They offer up activities that add fun to our lives. I added your blog to my list of frequently visited blogs. I hope you won't mind. I don't get much traffic, because I'm rather shy about reaching out, but I wanted to list your blog because I love it. I've been reading here for nearly a month and it took me this long to say something. lol That's not even close to how long it took me to post on my own blog though. *blush* Have a wonderful week and weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.

M said...

Very cute. Thanks for the idea...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gray Matters said...

I'm on #23 of my stocking advent calendar - I'm going to post about them on Monday. Love yours - so cute.

Mean Mommy said...

So sweet! I was looking at an advent calendar design in a magazine (I think it was Woman's Day) that used tiny galvanized buckets on a line of ribbon. I love both ideas.

Octamom said...

Love this idea--thanks so much!


Chris said...

Made a version of these with tiny candy canes inside for my Grand daughters and they LOVE it!