We have an extremely long mantel - the entire wall. So I decided to create the countdown to span a good portion of the wall. With the TV as the focal point, I wanted to add different holiday elements. I thought it would be perfect to set all the presents on the mantel as well - to add some holiday spirit there.
I used the countdown tags as the gift tags so the little mister would know which present went for each day.
We've kept with traditional Christmas colors - red, green and silver. To create the countdown, I used ribbon and tape to secure the paper to the ribbon. I punched red, green, silver and holiday printables and put everything in random order.
I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. For the last 5 years, we've used our Pottery Barn Kids advent calendar (the one with the pockets and you put the present in the pocket). I do like that one, but this year, I wanted it to be more of a festive feature in our home.
As a little holiday cheer for you...you can download the countdown here and as a special treat, you can download some matching to/from tags that match here.
Enjoy the pictures...
Oh and I thought it would be fun to make some homemade confetti for the mantel.