Monday, October 25, 2010

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN

Sorry to leave you hanging on Friday. Did you guess what I was making? Here it is:

A Halloween Advent Calendar

You can see that I had extra unused muffin space that needed to be covered. Oh by the way #8 is my favorite!


A close up



Here you can see how I joined the two muffin tins together.

Please note that it was a super windy day that this picture was taken and the pieces kept falling off! Oh and it was threatening to rain on me lol
The embellishments are 3-D. Love them!



I wanted to make a Halloween one after buying
THIS Christmas one last year on Etsy. Thanks Kristy I love it!!! Oh and she now takes custom orders if you want a Halloween one too! I set out to find a way of doing one for Halloween. I googled til my hands hurt and found This really cute one. I also found This one on Flicker.
I decided right away that I wanted all 31 days for my advent calendar but didn't want it to look broken up by using 2 mini muffin tins. So I decided to ask hubby to drill some holes in both tins so I could attach them with some festive Halloween ribbon. Added a magnetic poster to the top to cover the unused muffin holes. That pumpkin in the middle is actually a Halloween card my dad sent Jada.
Here is an excellent tutorial on how to make your own. There are so many great tutorials and images out there for inspiration. You could also make Birthday countdowns, Easter, wedding, graduation etc.
This craft was a lot of fun to make I really enjoyed it. It was a bit expensive to make $30 for the materials (paper goods) and The tins were on sale at our local grocery store for $7.50 each. The muffin tins are a good investment because Jada will only eat mini muffins and I make at least 3 batches a week! a win, win situation in my opinion. Now that Jada is getting older I would like to do things that will be our family tradition just like every year we go apple picking, pumpkin picking etc. I want Halloween and Christmas to be remembered as a really fun time spent with mommy and daddy doing all kinds of fun stuff found in our advent calendar. Some ideas I had for each day of the advent are to place small pieces of paper in each telling you what craft, event or treat you can have each day.

Example:

Day 1 Read a Halloween book with mommy and daddy while snuggled up in front of the fireplace
Day 2: Listen to our creepy Halloween music CD
Day 3 :Decorate the house for Halloween
Day 4: Make ghosts from our feet prints
Day 5: Go pumpkin picking
Day 6: Try on our costumes to make sure we have all the parts needed for the 31st
Day 7: Make a Halloween themed eye spy bottle
Day 8: Make some Halloween cards for the grandparents and mail them
Day 9: Bake some pumpkin cookies
Day 10: Make a Halloween t-shirt
Day 11: Look under your pillow for a surprise (dollar store Halloween toy)
Day 12: Go for a walk with mommy and daddy and collect some leaves
Day 13: Make a Halloween frozen excavation
Day 14: Make a spider with our hand prints
Day 15: Go to the library and find some more Halloween books
Day 16: Make toilet paper mummies
Day 17: Play with our Halloween Play Dough and cookie cutters
Day 18: Halloween water play
Day 19: Do some Halloween rhymes
Day 20: Color a Monster Picture
Day 21: Halloween Sticker Collage
Day 22: Halloween colors painting
Day 23: Play in our Halloween texture bin
Day 24: Watch a Halloween Movie (kid friendly)
Day 25: Halloween Felt Stories
Day 26: bake Halloween Cookies
Day 27: Color a Pumpkin Picture
Day 28: Make funny Mr. Pumpkin Heads
Day 29: Carve our Pumpkin
Day 30: Bake Pumpkin seeds
Day 31: Go Trick Or Treating!!!!
I have also thought of putting little Halloween erasers, rings, smarties or m&m's in each day as well.
If anyone has any ideas for some things to add to my list please, please share them with me.
I plan to start doing this advent calendar next year as Halloween is almost here.
If you have made one for Halloween or Christmas I would love it if you would send me the link:)

2 comments:

Kristi M. said...

You did such a cute job on this! I am so in love with the paper and embellishments that you used.

Andrea said...

Thanks Kristi:) My muffin tin does not have a large lip on the sides so hanging it was a bit of a pain. In all I am happy with it:)

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