This morning I hung up my new advent calendar and it looks great! I am thrilled with the way it turned out! In true Exquisitely Unremarkable form, it was super cheap and super easy! This year, I wanted to shake up our advent routine a bit and these goody bags from the dollar store proved to be just the ticket!
Now I have a fabulous countdown calendar and a cute new garland for my family room, all in one!
There were six bags in each package. I picked up four packages; one snowman, one penguin, two Santas, I am a red girl after all! I brainstormed a few ideas for family fun and printed them out and then I popped into the local drugstore and grabbed a few candies.
I stuffed the bags and then I laced them together with the ribbon provided.
I always put up a string of very simple white lights around the window seat in the family room to add some seasonal sparkle, so I just pinned the garland on top of it. The gifts can be accessed by gently pulling or snipping the bag and the garland will remain intact for the entire season.
I was a bit unsure at first if the bags would look cheesy or cheapen my décor, but I actually love them. They are playful and colorful and I think they look very cute and country.
Besides, the rest of the house can be elegant and serious, Christmas should be filled with a little bit of whimsy!
The garland lends itself to lots of interpretation...it could be hung on the tree, over a doorway, across a banister or on the mantle and of course, any kind of bags will do.
It only cost me $4.00 for this new take on our old tradition! What could be better than that? Ummm...how about free?
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