Avery liked the poms I decorated our advent books with, sooooo, yesterday I taught her how to create her own. Since I had to google how to make them here’s a little tutorial…
1 Wrap 100 times around 3 fingers (more or less depending on the size you want.)
2 Cut a 12″ piece of yarn and tie it around the whole wrapped piece. Leave this piece long until you are ready to use your pom. Tie from the back to the front so it kind of looks like a bow. Do not tie it from the center of the wrapped yarn to the front. It has to be tied around the entire wrapped piece.
3 Cut the edges
4 Fluff and trim. It was actually a lot more trimming then I thought. But you can leave it shaggier or nice and short. You are basically giving it a hair cut. If it is at a bad haircut stage keep evening it out.
There is also a great way to do this with two pieces of cardboard cut like a donut with two notches but this was easier for us. : )
You can string them along a garland, put on presents, on your tree or make ornaments.
My twin and me making some under the tree. Funny that this happens a lot where we are dressed the same. The other day we had the same teal colored pants on. I didn’t even notice until the end of the day and Collin pointed it out. I do draw the line, however, when three of us four girls are rocking leopard print. That was a bit much. Only one girl allowed to wear leopard at a time. ; )
For the past couple years I have wanted to start that fun tradition where you unwrap a Christmas book everyday leading up to December 25th. I love seeing all the pretty stacked books on pinterest & blogs. And thinking of the kids all excited to open the next one sounded too fun to miss out on.
Well, I only had 20 books but I was ready to wrap. Collin helped me one night and we used just brown paper and string. I made some of them fancy with gold numbered thickers and ribbon. Since we started wrapping them before the kids went to bed I made it very clear that these are old books not new presents so don’t be sneaky and open them early… we are opening one every day until Christmas. I looked at their cute faces and thought, hey, I think they are finally listening to me! Fast forward to the next morning when I was in the kitchen making breakfast and Lola came walking in with one of the wrapped books now unwrapped!! I ran to the living room and there was Quincey with every single book unwrapped!!!!!!!!!!!! The horror. Avery kept apologizing for her and Q said she was looking for her Olive, The Other Reindeer book. Of course she was. I wish I would’ve taken a picture but I think I was too bugged then. ha! Well, I wrapped about half again and they aren’t as fancy but I used some pom p0ms and yarn and I strung some smaller poms on twine. Those little stinkers!! Definitely on the naughty list at the moment. ; )
A few of our favorite books:
WHO IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE?
A WISH TO BE A CHRISTMAS TREE
IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES
ROOM FOR A LITTLE ONE
THE GRINCH & I also wrapped our Mr. Krugers Christmas VHS (a classic from the 80s)
You can also go to the library and check out books for the countdown.
What are some of your favorite traditions?