As a huge fan of advent calendars i knew i would be making a few for my son on a mission. This idea came about because I had just shared a spool project on TV and I remember this advent from last year.
So I sat down with the supplies I had and got started knowing that the advent it needed to be small, lightweight, meaningful, inexpensive, and disposable. (I didn't want to be heartbroken if he didn't bring it home with him)
and this is what I came up with
31 spools of different sizes all topped with a number then snuggled into a re-purposed box
and, around each spool is a handwritten note (held in place with a rubber band) that includes inspirational quotes, scriptures, stories, and sentiments.
To make the box
now for the spools
I colored the raw wood ones using different colors of distress ink and paint applied with a makeup sponge
the numbers came from an unopened Bingo game I bought for $1.50 at a thrift store and I glued them on with hot glue
the printed labels from here (scroll down until you see labels and click on image) and i hand wrote all the messages
wrap the cut labels around the spool and hold in place with rubber bands
all that was left was to place all the spools in the box and add a gift topper
I covered a wooden star with book paper then painted over that with red stain and added the sticker letters
then I placed the star on top of a strip of pattern paper and all done- ready to go!
The weather in Utah has been very mild so it hasn't felt like fall until the past week. We had a nice Halloween and an uneventful weekend. My camera is on the blink still, I snapped the photos below with a point and shoot.
My oldest son Taylor is enjoying his time proselytizing in Montreal, Canada. He says the fall colors are breathtaking. A few of my favorite photos from him are below.