10.10.2008

Halloween Advent Calendar (just a little late!)

I am totally innocent.  I just happened to stop by Goodwill recently, and this clock literally jumped off the shelf into my cart.  It was $3.99.  

OK, not really.  Well, the Goodwill part is true.  And the price.  I have been loving the Halloween advent calendars that have popped up in blogland lately.  (Has anyone not seen Chris's adorable concoction?  Her kids must be so excited to wake up every morning!).  But I knew I was planning on copying Chris shamelessly to make a Christmas advent calendar, so Halloween was not very high on the priority list.

Then, I saw the ridiculously cute clock that Cherry made.  Again, I loved it, but I knew I had other things on my agenda (like my family and home, you know, the usual!).  However, when I saw this clock at Goodwill, all the ideas came together in my head to form...well, go take a look for yourself!

The "Before":

And the "After":
It's a Halloween advent calendar/clock all rolled into one!  Actually, the project was super easy.  It's simply scrapbooking paper Mod Podged onto the back of the clock.  I got a piece of sheet metal to put under the polka dot paper so that it would be magnetic (about $5 at Lowes).  The numbers on the clock, and the numbers on the "countdown" pumpkins, are rub-ons (Hobby Lobby).

You can't see the pumpkins all that well but they were on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1 per bag of 24.  Just little wooden decorative pieces with a little magnet glue gunned on the back.

Then I picked up this little bucket at Target, added a sticker and some cute ribbon, and it is the perfect container for the yet-to-be used pumpkins.  Nina loves putting a new pumpkin up for every day, even though she doesn't remember what Halloween is or the concept of a countdown.  But I figure as my kids get older it will be fun to have these little Halloween traditions and memories!  Even more special because I made it myself, although it was hard to resist this Pottery Barn Kids version!

Have a great weekend!


55 comments:

Screaming Meme said...

What an awesome idea! I love it! :)

Sandy Toes said...

Look at you! I love the clock..so cute!!! The magnet idea is just splendid! The bucket is so cute and I like it better than Pottery Barn!

What a fun craft..you should sell them!
-Sandy Toes

My home - My life said...

Oh my - that is so cute. You always do the cutest stuff. I wish I had an eye like you!

Lauren said...

how creative! what a great idea!

Julie said...

I love the clock its great!
julie

Jodee Leader said...

I like yours way better than Pottery Barn's! I love the scrapbook paper you used too! You are soooo creative!

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

I LOVE it. Very clever & inexpensive. You did a great job :)

Rae said...

Once again, I feel so inspired! Sooooo cute!!!

Betsy said...

LOVE THAT! I just made a Christmas Advent a few days ago but that one is adorable. Maybe I will make a Halloween one too!

Wendy said...

Oh Good Heavens...that is so stinkin cute! What a great combination of ideas!

Amanda said...

so stickin cute...are you kidding me, i can't keep up with all the cuteness - my big guy (7) would adore this, he LOVES halloween, ok, off to goodwill to find a clock, it'sll never happen cuz i am looking. ps - do you have an email you would give out, i'd like to email you a question?

Jen r. said...

THis is super cute! What a great idea. I like your s better than PB too.

Sweet Simplicity said...

It is very cute! I love that you used magnets so you can reuse it every year! Great job!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Your clock has much more personality....it is FANTASTIC....honestly Carrie, how do you do it all?

I can come up with something good in my head, but it gets lost in translation, and I can't put it together!!

If we lived closer, I would be knocking at your door daily for HELP!!!

Have a great weekend!

Lisa

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

Love it!!!

Jboo said...

Oh my gosh -- you amaze me every single day!! WOW -- that is so cool!!

Have a fun weekend!

Janet

julie & joe said...

The calendar is so cute! I need to get in gear and make something fun like this for my little guy. Thanks for the inspiration.

Amy (Metz) Walker said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! how creative!

Genny said...

Carrie,
You seriously inspire me. I'm one of those people that needs to copy crafty ideas from others because I just don't come up with them on my own. I always love stopping by here! Have a great weekend,
Genny

Sandy said...

Always fun to see what you are up to!

Lulu said...

This is such a precious idea!! I'm crazy about your creativity :) I think every holiday should have an advent calendar!

AndreaLeigh said...

Cute, cute, cute!

Ms. Tee said...

So creative! I love the stuff you come up with! :)

The Golf Widow said...

Great idea! The bucket is too cute!

Kristin said...

That is so cute! I love how you put the clock and the count down into one project.

Jen said...

Pure genius!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Very, very cute! Why can't my state have a Hobby Lobby?! I keep hearing how awesome it is....and here it is mentioned again!

The Arthur Clan said...

I love the little pails that you can buy at Target ~ I have used them for every holiday throughout the year. They are so cute (and I love the one that you made for Halloween!)

Angie in OH

Meg said...

Wow, I am VERY impressed with what you did to that clock! Awsome makeover!!! I've never been to your blog before, so I'm off to read more.

Our Complete Family said...

Carrie. Awesome, awesome, awesome girl! I love that it stands up. So neat. How crafty you are!!! xo, Les

Becky said...

That is precious!

Amber said...

Super cute! Can I just say that I am excited for the fun kid projects I can make when we have a family someday?! There are just some things that are really only cute or exciting when it involves kids. ;) It just isn't as fun, and is even a little ridiculous, when it's two adults and an advent calendar!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is soooo cute Carrie! You have the best of both worlds goin on. cherry

AndreaLeigh said...

The new header looks great!

Faith said...

Oh my word, how cute is this??? And, I'm not even a big fan of Halloween, but that is so adorable!

Jo said...

Carrie~

Love it! You are so creative.

I'm back ~ details to follow in my next post. I've missed checking in with you, can't wait to catch up!

Jo

Marie said...

HOW CUTE! I love what you did!

blueladybug said...

How adorable! You have such great ideas!

Lisa said...

You are just way to creative, ha! That clock is adorable!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

Love the header!

You have the best ideas girl!

sweetfunkyvintage said...

That rocks!!!!
Missy

Cassie said...

Oh that is so cute! What a great idea, I'm sure it will be something your kids will love getting out every year.

Tausha said...

I love the double duty! Great idea!
You helped inspire me to do my own advent. WHo cares if it the 12th-at least it not the 24th. Better late than never right? You will have to stop by and chek it out. I am hoping to have it posted by tonight! Thanks for always sharing your great ideas! I love coming to your blog! SO-how is being pregnant treating you! I always loved being pregnant in OCt-then I didn't feel so guilty when I ate tonz of candy-no one would notice if I was a little chubby!

Chris said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE it! It's two crafts in one! You're brilliant! What's even better is that you got a cute little Halloween pale out of the deal! :)

Shannon said...

This is so cute!! I think your idea is so much better than the PBK's version!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

That's just so cute! Makes me wish I had little kids again!

Manuela

sweetfunkyvintage said...

Oh my, you are just too creative! I am going to have to try some of your crafty ideas when show season is over.
Liz

Busy Bee said...

The advent clock is too cute! You are so creative! I love your thrift finds!
Stephanie

princessmimi said...

That is a great idea!!!! I wish I had the talent to make something so cute out of a cast off! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the great idea to keep track of blogs!!!

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

This is such a cool idea! I love your blog by the way. This is my first time here and am so glad that I dropped by!

AJ said...

Love how that turned out! Now I'm going to have to be on the lookout for a clock like that at Goodwill!!!

Laurel MacD said...

Love it - I bet your daughter will love it.

Miss Anne said...

Love what you have done! :)

So festive, and I bet you could make one for Xmas just as easy!

:) great blog too! love it!

:)

Darlene said...

That is ABSOLUTELY the cutest idea!!! I LOVE it!!!!

Tauni said...

How creative! I love advent calendars and just posted a link to your project on my site.
Thanks for sharing.