I'm somewhat reluctantly posting this image (taken with my phone) but I wanted to share the finished advent tag/tree project and what with my digital camera on holiday and all, this is the only instant method I could come up with.
How do the tags become an Advent calendar, you ask?
Each evening we'll take down a tag and replace it with a red glass ornament. Then we read a bible passage that for tells the Nativity story. Today: Micah 5:2-5a, which ends with "... He himself will be peace." There will probably be a chocolate kiss, a peppermint, or hot chocolate some evenings with our little before-bed routine, too.
The tags are made with bits and pieces of things: a torn envelope from the mail that had a cute reindeer stamp, a couple of circles punched out of a starbucks cup, a Christmas tree cut by hand, a few fuzzy words, ribbon, some ric rac, a few chipboard shapes ... a real hodge podge. They are thin wood, cut from scrap that we had around, but chipboard would work even better. Tipping the edges in red paint gave it a nice crisp outline.
edited to add yet another poorly scanned close-up:
Red circle number tags by Every Jot and Tittle.
We took a walk to the park today and collected the dry branches from the ground. Add a little duct tape and some rocks and there you have it ... a potted tree.
And so it begins. While we still have Indian corn on the front door, the holidays are shifting inside the house today and I'm excited to document this month with my trusty older (but not old) Nikon N65.