Remember last year’s advent tree project? I put it up again this year with different branches (the ones I stole from fallen trees grew too brittle to use again). Still love this project – so cute and the girls were so excited waiting to get their first little treat after dinner.
Tonight’s treat were little $.50 stuffed toys I picked up at Ikea this summer. The rest of the boxes, bags, and stockings are filled with leftover Halloween candy, trinkets from the dollar section at Target, and a few coupons to stay up “late” and watch Holiday specials. The girls get so excited. Sabrina asks a dozen times a day when she can open her surprise.
The original project that I based this on used manzanita branches. I haven’t found any in local shops and most that I have found online are pretty pricey and/or the shipping makes me gasp. At Old Time Pottery (which strangely has little in the way of pottery – just big pots to plant things in), I found these bleached willow branches which gave the same effect for $1.99 per 3 branches. Score. The original used foam to stabilize the branches. I used an unopened bottle of salad dressing to keep it from being top heavy. Some of my gift boxes from last year aren’t holding up well so I will have to replace a few next year. But this fun tradition is here to stay.