Once upon a time, Martha Stewart called and asked for my advice… No. I’m
lying kidding. If she did, it would have gone something like this:
Martha: “Shannon, I need some craft help” Me: “Oh, yes, of course, I’ve done a craft or two in my day.” (Not an exaggeration. Nor was it sarcastic. It’s flat out truth) Martha: “Well you see, I need a craft done by a; what’s the word I’m looking for? In gardening it’s called a black thumb…. in crafting it’s a, well, you.”
Me: “Oh. I see. Uhm. Let me check my project room and get back to you.” aka, I need to flush so I gotta hang up. What?! You expected me to let Martha go to voice mail?! I’m a doula, my phone goes everywhere with me. For real!
Ok, My point… I have a Christmas craft for the non-crafty!
I learned this in MOPS when my now 20 and 18 year olds were preschoolers. I hold tight to that which I hold dear, and easy peasy crafts are indeed dear!! We make these every year. Hey! I rhymed! Moving on….
Advent Calenders that blow away those silly little paper door house things, mainly because, they are full of THIS:
No drooling. It’s bad for your computer. My geek told me so.
Now that you KNOW you want this, grab the stuff…
- Candy: 25 pieces per person or less if you’re like me and don’t start until a few days of December have already ticked by. Don’t fret, you still get to eat all 25 days worth because you can prorate your allotment. *happy dance* Variation— crackers or something for the non candy eaters, bless their hearts.
- Saran Wrap: aka plastic wrap. You can use any of the fun colored ones, or if you’re like me and have a phobia of running out of the magical clingy stuff so you buy a Costco size box every time you shop… use whatcha got!
- Ribbon: Whatever kind you have! I use regular wrapping ribbon in a variety of colors.
That’s it! Good thing too since my ADD would make this win an award for theee longest non crafty post ever!
Find a long surface, something around 7ish feet. Our table works with the leaf in or a counter top if you can find it. (Please, do NOT tell me I’m the only one with counter clutter!) Or, the floor. Or not. It’s your call.
Lay out a looong strip of the plastic wrap, but don’t cut it just yet. Now lay out the candy in a row a few inches in from the edge. If you want to get cute and appear craftier than I did this year, you can wrap some of the candies in wrapping paper so they are a surprise on those days. I’m not cute. In the crafty sense anyways.
First fold over the edge to cover the row of candy. Then sort of roll them over until they are all tube-like. What, you didn’t expect crafty lingo here did you?!
Now that you have your tubes of yummyness, cut strands of ribbon to tie between each piece. You can just knot it, tie a bow, curl it or cut it in short little spiky things. The boys seem to prefer spikes over curlies. At one end make a longer loop to hang it.
That’s it. See! Now you just get to cut one off the bottom every morning… or midday when you are DYING for some sugar! I told you it was super easy peasy! Here are two of our finished ones… The crackers, which have a bit of Cap’nCrunch added for color, are for miss thing 4 who won’t eat candy.
Tomorrow, we’re making Christmas tree ornaments out of pipe cleaners. Talk about easy!! Woot! Those will be what we hand out to people in the community as we do our Christmas shopping… a little Christmas cheer for all those cashiers who put up with all the crazies… and a great reminder to us to keep the JOY of the season… Jesus, Other, You. Now go. Eat. Chocolate.