It took me all of 45 minutes to stencil the numbers onto 25 muslin bags, and maybe another 20 minutes to dry-brush red paint on a set of clothespins. Not too shabby, I think, for something that my family will keep for years to come. I plan on stringing them up onto a little clothesline in our kitchen, and filling them with little chocolates and dollar-store-toys for the kids...and the husband...
If you are not familiar with the technique of using freezer paper to stencil onto fabric, it's very simple:
- die cut, fussy cut, or silhouette cut (yes, there is a way to cut freezer paper in the silhouette - but that's for another time!) your desired shape or image, glossy side down. (I used Papertrey Ink's block alphabet number dies.)
- set the glossy side of the freezer paper to your fabric and, with a hot iron, adhere it to the fabric.
- with some fabric paint and a sponge brush, layer in your color.
- when the paint is dry, peel off the freezer paper and voilà! a perfectly painted image.
- the next day, I recommend ironing your project again, just to seal everything in.
What does your advent calendar look like? What do you fill it with? Truth be told, we keep 2 of them in our home. One for daily holiday activities and Bible readings, and the one the kids run to every morning... the candy one.... hee hee.