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Service Advent Calendar!

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I gave a talk about service and charity last Sunday.
I spoke about how it's easy to get caught up in
 the hustle and bustle of Christmas...
and we should not forget the true meaning of 
Christmas and have the Spirit of Christ.

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." 
Mosiah 2:17

Plus, think back on your Christmas past (or other gift giving holidays of the past)
Do you remember everything you got?  Maybe a few things...special things.
But I remember doing things for others.
I remember serving and working with my family.
I want my kids to remember stuff like that too!
 I decided then I should do a SERVICE Advent Calendar!
(since then, of course, I've seen many online...but I really did
think of this without outside inspiration)

 I had the daughter cut out 25 envelopes with my big shot and a square envelope die.
You could also have your silhouette do this...
 We printed off our slips of daily service...
 And got the frame ready to clip them on.

I lined them up to make sure I had enough...
 Used twine and just casually wrapped it around the frame.
I just used what I had on hand...fine and dandy!

 I had some vinyl stickers that I used to number them.

 I had the calendar on hand, so I could be random...but also not
put things like...'Write a card for the Librarians'
 on a day that the Library is closed.
It's "controlled randomness"!

 Inserted the slips into the envelope and numbered them on the spot.
Clipped them back on...

 Easy!  Hopefully it will help my family serve and love this time of year,
and less time thinking of themselves...or material things.

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Duck Tape® Holiday Mailbox Bow!

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I love duct tape...and I love Duck® Brand Duck Tape!
Here's how to make a fabulous Holiday bow for your mail box that is totally waterproof!

You'll need duct tape...and Duck Tape® has beautiful Holiday patterns!
Or sports team patterns...show your colors!
How cute would it be made of this?
You'll also need some tie wire...and non stick scissors are the BEST,
but whatever cuts it is great!
To begin, make 4 18 inch strips of tape, double sided...
so it's not sticky, and it's like stiff ribbons!
Take one and fold it in half.  Take 18" of tie wire and wrap it
around the middle and twist it tight.

Like so.  The tape holds its shape great and gathers perfectly!
Wrap over one end to the center
To make a big loop
And twist it with the wire.  Just 2 twists is all it takes...
No need for overkill!
Wrap the other end and twist.
That will use one entire strip.
Repeat with the next strip...starting with it slightly off
so the loops show like a star.
fold over and twist
Both ends...
Then use the third strip and do it again,
filling the last little piece of the star shape.
Set that piece aside and do the top piece now.

Get you 4th strip of tape...and another 18" piece of tie wire.
Start at the end and make a circle. Twist it off with the wire.
Then use that "tail" piece to make loops and tie them off in the center.
Like this.
And this.
Then, because I had no idea how long of a piece I needed,
I ran out of length.  So I made another piece of tape, with
a little sticky end showing and just taped it right on!
These are things you just can't do with ribbon!

Continuing looping until your top piece has 6 loops
 and a center loop!
keep going.

Now you have 2 pieces.
Big loop base and small loop topper!
Use the remaining wires to loop the 2 pieces together.
Twist wires at the underside tight!
I used the excess wires to tape it on my mailbox.

Cut 2 strips for tails...I like the pinked edge.
Tape on the back of the bow.
 Tape a strip  of tape that fits around your mailbox and
Tape the wires of the bow right where you want it!
So cute and festive!  It might stay up all year!
Or until I make one with patterned Duck Tape®!
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Christmas Pinwheel wreath with Astrobright paper!


Create a beautiful wreath for Christmas with Paper Pinwheels!
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Here's what you'll need:
Squares of patterned paper
Squares of Astrobright paper (same sizes)
rhinestones or faceted buttons
hot glue
wreath form
glue dots

I cut the paper into squares of 3 different sizes. 6", 4" and 2.5"
The Astrobright paper is the best part of these pinwheels!
It's so pretty to have those bright pops of color show through!

Take 1 patterned paper and 1 astrobright of the same size.

Run tape over the edges of one, and press them together.

So the color will peek through.

Fold into a triangle. Open and then fold into a triangle the other direction.
This divides it into quarters.

Cut the fold lines 3/4's of the way toward the center.

leaving about an inch or so in the center.

Stick a pop up glue dot on the center of the pinwheel...
you can have the colored paper on the inside or the outside...it looks good to have a variety!

like so.

Fold in one flap and touch it to about 1/4 of the glue dot.

Repeat for every other flap...making it into an eye catching pinwheel!

See how cool it looks with the bright paper?

Either on the inside or outside!

Add a faceted button or rhinestone with hot glue!

Make a bunch!

I got a willow wreath form at the dollar store. It's 18" diameter.
I made enough pinwheels to fill the wreath and stagger some on top!

Hot glued them in place and added some sparkly glitter tulle netting!

For a fabulous whimsical Christmas wreath!

Perfect for the front door for the Holidays!

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