From the time I was born up until I left for college, my mom would give each of us (I have two brothers) one of those paper advent calendars with the pretty Christmas scenes on them and filled with chocolates. You know what I’m talking about, right? I even think she let us eat the piece of chocolate before we left for school in the morning which made them an extra special treat. To this day, it is one of my favorite memories from my childhood.
I love advent calendars and I love how many different ways there are to count down the days until Christmas. As a kid (and an adult) there is nothing better than checking one more day off the list and watch as we get closer and closer to the big day.
Today, I’m showing you how to make a Luminary Advent Calendar from recycled baby food jars.
This is an inexpensive craft that is completely customizable and who doesn’t love lighting candles every night in the winter time?!
- 25 Baby Food Jars
- Martha Stewart Etching Cream and Brush
- Number stickers or vinyl (1-25)
- 25 Tea-Light Candles (or candy as an alternative)
- Ribbon, Snowflakes and String for embellishment
Start by soaking the baby food jars in hot soapy water for about an hour. The longer they soak the easier it will be to peel the labels off. I also found that scrubbing the excess adhesive while the jar was submerged made it a little easier. Also, don’t worry about removing the printed expiration date, I found that the etching cream actually removed that on its own. Let them dry.
Place a 1 1/4″ number stencil on each jar. I used my Silhouette to cut out my numbers.
Apply a very thick layer of Martha Stewart Etching Cream on the entire jar. This is the thickness that worked best for me. I tried some jars with a little less and they turned out a little spotty and I had to go over them again. This seemed to be the perfect amount.
Wait 15-30 minutes and then rinse them in water, removing the brown cream and number. You will be left with a frosted glass and a clear number.
For the embellishments, I cut a 1.5″ Red Burlap Ribbon into 4 strips. I wrapped the ribbon along the edges and secured it with a dot of hot glue. Then, I made little snowflakes with my Silhouette and cut them in white and gray. I used a thin piece of string to tie them onto the jars.
Place a tea candle inside each jar.
Cute little frosted jars during the day…
And a Luminary Advent Calendar by night!
As you light a new candle each night, let it be a reminder of the true reason of the season and a time to give thanks for everything good in our lives.
Here are a few other fabulous advent calendars made by a few friends of mine. I love seeing how everyone counts down the days until Christmas!
Will you be making a new advent calendar this year? Or do you have a fun family tradition already in place? Feel free to leave a link to your project in the comment section!