Christmas Countdown Advent Tree

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Every year I create an advent “calendar” of some sort for the kids. Most years, it truly was a paper calendar that I would decorate and add candies to, as seen below.

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Last year, I filled an antique seed display with treats, and decorated with small ornaments.

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This year, I decided to decorate a 3′ tree.  I placed the tree in a wooden box, and fluffed angel hair at the base.

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Beaded garland, small red ornaments and candy canes add the additional decorative touches.

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And, to mark the days of this celebratory countdown, I created small treat pockets from tulle and linen. I simply cut rectangles from each fabric, stitched the bottom and sides and filled with very cutely wrapped holiday chocolates.

advent-tree-close-upThe foil-wrapped chocolates are so sweet, and decorative on their own that I wanted the packaging to be visible. Using a layer of tulle was the perfect solution! And, truly, this project came together fairly quickly. Each treat pocket is tied off with string and a ticket shows the date. An ornament hook at the back of the string allows these to be easily added to the tree.

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The tree looks festive and the kids are enjoying it! 🙂

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Happy Creating,

Michelle

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