Halloween Countdown Calendar

Aunt Emma (as she is known in my house) came up with the idea to make our girls a Halloween countdown calendar this year. I immediately said “YES, YOU’RE BRILLIANT.” We thought 2020 would be a great time to begin a tradition like this since many of us probably will not be trick-or-treating this year or able to partake in other special traditions like big parties. So why not start this fun (and very spooky!) tradition to enjoy a little bit of Halloween magic allllll month long in October? I pretty much set out to make a Halloween version of our Christmas advent calendar since we love that one so much.

Keely helped me design this amazing printable. My suggestion is to use a mix of activities and then in some of the days, just put a candy. And use a calendar to strategically place the movies on the weekends (if you’re like us and mainly just watch movies on weekends). Feel free to add your own activities and traditions. The printable we made is mainly just stuff my little kids would enjoy and nostalgia from my childhood. Other ideas you can include are stickers or coloring pages. Customize it to fit your kiddos!

As far as the DIY goes, this is a pretty simple project. I completed it over a two-day period. I probably spent about 4-5 hours on it. It would take half the time if you just eliminated the embroidery stitching, but I really enjoy doing that and like the look of it.

Supplies:
dowel rod
-large piece of felt for banner (I got a half yard at the craft store).
colored felt for pockets
-embellishments for pockets (I used a lot of buttons, some embroidery, some stamps with permanent ink, a bit of paint and some wood stars).

My complete banner is 18 inches wide and 32 inches long. Each pocket is 3×3 inches.

The first step is to cut out your banner and the 31 pockets. I embellished all the pockets before gluing them down (you can also sew them down, but I just moved and I don’t even know where my sewing machine is at the moment). I like to lay them all out and embellish until it feels done. I did a lot of stamped buttons and stars. The buttons are sewn on and the wood stars are glued on. After all the embellishments were done and dry, I used glue on three sides of each piece of felt to create a pocket.

Next, use glue to create a loop that holds your dowel rod in. Then tie a string to each side of the rod to hang it on the wall. As you can see in my photos below, I also used a garland to make mine a little more spooky. I found my garland, and actually all these supplies at JOANN. This pumpkin button is so cute.

Here’s the completed garland! I can NOT wait for October to start using it with our girls, but I wanted to post it here early enough for you to have time to get all the supplies and make yours before October begins! Wishing you a magical spooky season. Soak it in! xx. Elsie

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Halloween Advent Calendar

Author Elsie Larson

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  1. The first step is to cut out your banner and the 31 pockets. I embellished all the pockets before gluing them down (you can also sew them down, but I just moved and I don’t even know where my sewing machine is at the moment). I like to lay them all out and embellish until it feels done. I did a lot of stamped buttons and stars. The buttons are sewn on and the wood stars are glued on. After all the embellishments were done and dry, I used glue on three sides of each piece of felt to create a pocket.

  2. Next, use glue to create a loop that holds your dowel rod in. Then tie a string to each side of the rod to hang it on the wall. As you can see in my photos below, I also used a garland to make mine a little more spooky. I found my garland, and actually all these supplies at JOANN. This pumpkin button is so cute.

Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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