DIY Picture frame advent calendar

Welcome to the monthly Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So this month I made a Picture Frame Advent Calendar.

I’ve been wanting to make an advent calendar for awhile and saw some really pretty picture frame advent calendars all over Pinterest. There are quite a few of them! One of the ones I was looking at was this one here:

I decided to use the motivation of this challenge to finally make my own.


This was a super thrifty project! I made use of what I had already, and only needed to purchase the mini clothespins.

Gather your supplies to make a picture frame advent calendar!

What you’ll need:

  • old picture frame
  • string/twine
  • cardstock (or mini envelopes)
  • screw eyes from a picture hanging kit*
  • mini clothespins
  • ruler and pencil
  • scissors and glue (if making the envelopes)

You’ll also need a template to make the mini envelopes if you’re not purchasing them ready made. I used the template found on Sarica Studio here.

It was pretty simple to make, the longest part was making the envelopes so if you have a Cricut there must be a svg file somewhere for cutting those out.

Other than the mini clothespins, everything was stuff I already had on hand. I bought 4 packages of mini clothespins (2 packs of 8 and 2 packs of 10) for a total cost of $5 plus tax!

Prepare the picture frame

Remove the glass and backing. And if your frame has been languishing in a back room like mine, give it a nice wipe down to remove all the dust and cobwebs, ha. Mine was already painted green but if you like you could paint your frame whatever colour you’d like.

Using your ruler, mark along the inside of the frame where you’d like to place the screw eyes. My frame was on the smaller size, and wanted to keep it oriented in portrait layout so I decided I would need five rows. A larger frame may need fewer rows. Make sure to keep the distance between each screw eye fairly even and at the same distance on both sides.

Insert the screw eyes at each marking. The wood on the inside of the frame isn’t too hard so with a little pressure I was able to screw them in.

Tie twine to the screw eyes on each end.

Make your envelopes

Using the template, trace out 25 envelopes. Cut out and assemble. They’re easy to make, they just take long, so if you have a Cricut or other cutting machine use it to cut out your envelopes and save yourself a ton of time!

For the numbers, I simply used markers to write them out but stamps if you have would be cute. Write the numbers on white cardstock and cut out. Glue to the front of each envelope.

Fill your envelopes

Inside each envelope I listed Christmas themed activities we could do as a family. Things such as crafts, baking, family game night, movie night and so on. There are so many advent activity ideas floating around on the internet, choose what you like best. I decided I wanted to include only activity ideas in mine, but I know some people like to put small gifts or candies inside their advent calendars.


For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop Image
My Pinterventures   Domestic Deadline    Elle Marie Home
  Cookies Coffee and Crafts  Across the BoulevardSlices of Life
Teadoddles •  Our Good Life  •  Farm Girl Reformed   Peony Street
Decorate and More with Tip  • Mom Home Guide  Sew Crafty Crochet 
 This Autoimmune Life  
Christina Faye Repurposed  Stone Cottage Adventures
Love My Little Cottage  •  Eye Love Knots  •  K’s Olympic Nest    My Family Thyme
 Seeking Serenity & Harmony •  Lulu & Celeste  •  DIY Vibes   Life Beyond Kitchen

 Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓

Tutorial: Sun and Cloud ornament

I sketched this little sun and cloud ornament out a few years ago but for some reason I never got around to sewing it up and creating the tutorial until recently.

Sun and Cloud ornament tutorial by Lulu and Celeste

I love working with felt and love how this sun and cloud ornament turned out. I think it could even work great as a patch. I’ll be stitching up another to use as a patch as soon as I decide what to put a patch on, ha.

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Easy Christmas Decor to Sew in under One Hour

I love sewing for Christmas. Especially ornaments but especially when the projects can be done in less than hour.

Here are 10+ quick Christmas decor projects to make that are definitely on my to-do list for this year. Coasters, ornaments and gift bags too. I’ll be adding to this list when something catches my eye so be sure to check back!

Click here to pin this list for later or use the collage below.

Easy DIY Christmas decor ideas


My most recent tree ornament is pretty quick. I love working with felt!

Felt Christmas tree ornament by Lulu & Celeste


These Christmas themed coasters from Applegreen Cottage would make a great gift. You could easily change up the fabrics to match any holiday or theme.


I love this embroidery hoop decor idea found on Tea and a Sewing Machine. I love the use of the tulle, it makes it seem almost like it’s floating.


Felt ornaments are a fave in my house! I love these ones from Cucicucicoo.


These ribbon candy ornaments look so quick to make! I think these are the ones I’ll be making to attach to Christmas presents this year. Find the tutorial over at Crafty Staci.


Another super cute tree ornament, this time from Easy Sewing for Beginners.


Sum of their Stories has a tutorial for these little reusable gift bags, a great eco-friendly craft that can be reused year after year.


I love embroidery hoop ornaments. You can see the tutorial for one I have here, but it’s not a one-hour or less project. This Christmas pudding decoration by Vicki Myers Creations looks so fun and quick!


I have an older tutorial on my blog for the star ornament, you can use the same method in the tutorial to make the heart or tree shown in the photo. They’re fairly simple and super quick!


I love the idea of using the clothing of a loved one who’s passed on to make these sweet bird ornaments. A quick project that is also a nice keepsake.


These child-friendly ornaments from Heather Handmade look easy and quick to sew.


Happy sewing! Don’t forget to pin this post!

Easy DIY Christmas decor ideas


Felt Christmas tree ornament by Lulu & Celeste

Felt Christmas tree ornament

Probably my favourite thing about Christmas is making Christmas ornaments, whether I make them on my own or with my daughters. I love ornaments! This felt Christmas tree is one of my new favourites.

Christmas tree ornament by Lulu & Celeste

If you like this felt Christmas tree ornament tutorial, then you might want to check out these ones too!

Felt Christmas tree ornament by Lulu & Celeste

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Tutorial: Patchwork Coasters

I’m really happy to be taking part in Underground Crafter‘s Little Gifts Sew Along sharing these patchwork coasters with you. There are 25 free sewing projects being shared all year long that are perfect stocking stuffer gifts.

Did I mention that there are prizes for sewing along?? Check out all the details here.

I love making coasters! They’re quick and easy to sew. They make a great gift for tea or coffee lovers alike, and they’re a great way to feature fun fabrics or use up scraps. Especially patchwork coasters like these. Normally I like to use up scraps when I make coasters but the ones in the main photo were made using fabrics from a charm pack for the front and upcycled denim fabric for the back.

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