So hopefully most of you saw my blog post last week about my advent calendar I made for my boys last year, well this year it’s similar apart from I’ve made a couple of crochet elves who bring little presents, a Christmassy craft or an activity for that day.
I’ve obviously got the idea from “elf on the shelf” but I’ve altered the rules slightly to fit in with our family
- The elves must be loved and we must be kind to them by looking after them for the whole 24 days
- The elves fly back to Santa each night to report on whether the boys have be good or a little naughty, as they are always watching and listening
- Every morning we have to search for them to see what they’ve got planned for us that morning whether it’s a craft activity, a planned visit or a little present
- They also bring a little envelope with a chocolate coin in as the chocolate before breakfast was one of the things I loved about December when I was younger!
How I made him
I used a free pattern by Sydney Duenas which you can find on raverly here.
I actually worked the body slightly different by just ch 23 and working 22 dc in each ch. I then joined the last stich to the first dc stitch to create a round with a sl stitch. I then turned at the end of each row ch1 and worked dc all the round until length stated by the pattern.
I would also make the hat slightly smaller if i make them again as it is too big but my boys quite like taking them off and on again.
I used drops Paris cotton with a 5mm hook.
I also popped pipe cleaners into the arms and legs but I wish I had double or tripled them up as they keep popping out the ends of my crochet! Trial and error eh?!
Most important thing is that both my boys like then and love finding them in the morning! I’ll pop some new posts up soon with what they get up to…..x
So I am a very incredibly crafty mummy and any chance I get I love to encourage my boys to craft as well. So when it comes to Christmas I take the opportunity not to buy a chocolate advent calender but to make my own.
Here’s what I did last year and how I did it…
I simply printed off a craft/event and popped it in a envelope with a token chocolate coin one each for my boys then they get to open one a day until Christmas Eve when they get their Christmas boxes. I’m afraid I wasn’t very inventive with my decoration and my purpose was to do it without spending too much money! So brown envelopes and Christmas tape it was, with a basket tied up with a sparkly bow.
My printed advent was fairly simply and I based it on simply crafts that my boys could do and events that were happening in December as well visits to places like the garden centre, Santas grotto etc. I actually printed simply sentences followed with an image (Pinterest is a pretty good app for this) as my boys then 3 and 1 wouldn’t have got the idea behind it otherwise.
Here’s some of the days (for some reason I didn’t photograph them all)
1 make Christmas cards | 2 make playdough | 3 present Christmas book | 4 search for pine cones and decorate with pompoms | 5 make Christmas pizza | 6 put the Christmas tree up | 7 visit the reindeer | 8 make Christmas paperchains | 9 make reindeer pegs for Christmas cards | 10 Christmas letter from Santa | 11 choose a new Christmas decoration for the tree | 12 present sticker book | 13 make ginger bread house | 14 make hot chocolate and visit the Christmas lights | 15 go to Christmas party | 16 make Christmas biscuits | 17 decorate the snowmen | 18 make marshmallow snowmen | 19 make a Lego snow globe | 20 go to Nannys house | 21 go see Father Christmas | 22 go see the gruffalo | 23 present homemade Christmas stocking | 25 Christmas Eve box
I hope this inspires you to get your craft on this Christmas they are only little once!
So Christmas stockings finished and my snowflakes are continuing but I need to make some Christmas presents for the family so here is my project this week a puff stitch scarf.
I found the pattern at All About Ami tutorial online so I’ve just followed that so far (link here) I thought this might be hard work with my new hook and a new stitch for me, but it is actually quite enjoyable and my new crochet hook is so lovely to work with. I am hoping this will be finished in no time.
Again I am using Stylecrafts special DK in Raspberry, I’ve got 3 balls as I wanted this to be quite a long scarf.
This is what I have so far: