Christmas is literally right around the corner and to help you get ready, we've prepared these advent calendar activities. What's on your list?

25 Advent Calendar Activities for Handmade Holidays

Christmas is literally right around the corner and to help you get ready, we’ve prepared these advent calendar activities.

We have a soft spot for the DIYers of the world. The ones that take joy in making their holidays unique and personal. We’ve put together these 25 advent calendar activities just for them.

Leave a comment and let us know your favorite and check out our advent calendar tutorial below!

Christmas is literally right around the corner and to help you get ready, we've prepared these advent calendar activities. What's on your list?

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This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

DIY Reversible Holiday Sign with Scrap Wood

Two for One

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. You get 2-sides for the price of one! You not only save money, but you can save space. You don’t need to buy or store two decorations. Sounds great right? The best part is, they’re super easy to make yourself.

The stencils we used to make our reversible holiday sign are available in our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK or you can purchase them from our online store. As the season progresses, we’ll add more options.

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

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Save time and money making your own holiday decorations. These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

How to Make Webbed Halloween Candle Holders with Spray Lacquer

These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

The year end holidays can get expensive quick. It’s difficult to stay on budget when you have to buy candy, decorations, costumes then one month later your family of 20 is coming over and you must feed them all, then somehow buy them presents and decorate for a completely different holiday just a month later! It’s too much!

There are so many benefits to making your own decorations. One is you can use the same materials and supplies over and over again. The other is if you get creative, you can make the decorations you see at the store for a fraction of the cost.

Not only are these Halloween candlesticks budget friendly, but it’s easy and quick, so you can do it in a time crunch.

Save time and money making your own holiday decorations. These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

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This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you'd like to give out trick or treats, you can also use this to hold your candy.

DIY Pumpkin Display with Galvanized Buckets

Getting Ready for Fall

This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you’d like to give out trick or treats, but have other things to attend to, you can also use this to hold your candy.

When you have a home decor store, fall is one of the most important times of the year. The colors are beautiful and serve as great inspiration for home decorations. It’s also the start of a very busy season.

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting fall decoration ideas together for our booths at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK and River City Trading Post in Jenks, OK. We’ve linked to their Facebook pages, so you can check out their fall decor and get inspiration for your home.

To showcase different ways to use Amy Howard Products, we decided to make this Pumpkin Display with Galvanized Bucket. We’re using the top bucket to serve as a candy holder for customers coming our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek.

This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you'd like to give out trick or treats, you can also use this to hold your candy.

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Five Benefits of Handmade Gifts

A Complete Christmas

In our family, handmade gifts are what make Christmas complete. We might be slightly biased, but to prove our case, we came up with this list of five reasons we think you should strive to make homemade gifts a part of your holiday routine.

You might be thinking what in the world, how can I make time during the holiday season to actually sit down and make all these gifts?

Finding the perfect gift always takes time. Making homemade gifts or buying them from someone else does require a little extra time and planning, but it’s all about simplicity. For co-workers or any other large group, it’s about finding the right gift to make in bulk. Our hand-swirled ornaments are a quick and easy DIY gift for a large group. We made about 25 ornaments in just about 20 minutes.  For family members it’s not always easy, but homemade gifts are always more thoughtful and personal.

Why? Well, let’s see.Five Benefits of Handmade Gifts

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We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

DIY Decorations: Picture Perfect Christmas Wreath

Christmas DIY Decorations

This Repurposed Christmas Wreath is part our round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations. Our last post featured decorations made from leftover project materials or stuff we had around the house. This week, we continue the same theme with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Christmas Ornaments.

If you stumble on this post at another time of the year, feel free to use colors for that season.

We are on round two of our handmade Christmas with DIY decorations with our Picture Frame Christmas Wreath and Hand-Swirled Ornaments.

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Christmas time can be expensive but with these homemade Christmas decorations made with materials around the house, you can be festive even on a budget.

Homemade Christmas: DIY Decorations from Around the House

Our Homemade Christmas

I’m super excited because we have not one, not two, not even three, but four homemade Christmas decoration ideas to share with you today. Many of these homemade Christmas decorations can be made with the future in mind, so you can use them all year long. Another great thing about these projects is we tried to use things most people might have leftover from a different project or lying around their house. Most of these projects don’t require too much paint either, so if you have a little left in a jar or can, these are perfect to help you finish it off.

So let’s get started!

Christmas time can be expensive but with these homemade Christmas decorations made with materials around the house, you can be festive even on a budget.

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Our Reason to Be Thankful? Second Chances

As Thanksgiving draws near, we start to reflect and think of all the reasons we have to give thanks. At Curbside Overhaul, we are thankful for our family, friends and four-legged friends. We recognize these blessings might not be available to everyone, nor would we be able to experience them, if it weren’t for one major thing. Second Chances.

Curbside Overhaul is thankful for so many things, but perhaps the thing that comes to mind most is we are thankful for second chances.

At one point or another, everyone has to phoned a friend, call in a favor, or been a disappointment to someone they loved.

As a culture, we seemed to be obsessed with getting things right the first time around. But how much more could we accomplish the second time around? We have more knowledge, more experience, more of what it takes to make it work.

It’s probably because we never know if there will be a second time. We think the first time is the best time or maybe the ONLY time we’ll have to make things perfect. We’re so obsessed about the first time that we might not even give ourselves a chance for the second time. We often give up too easily when things don’t work out and miss our second chance altogether. We’re too busy obsessing about the first screw up.

What’s wrong with taking a second chance? The first round is just about learning. The second time is what really counts, it’s the test at the end of the semester to see if you’ve learned anything.

We all know the saying, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. When everything goes right, you miss out on opportunities to try something else. Almost nothing works out the first time. But life goes on, which means there is plenty of times for second chances. If you don’t take them, then you’re going to lead an empty and boring life. There won’t be a chance to try something new. You’ll have no relationships, no family, no job, no fun because you’re still obsessed with missing out on the first try.

Without the belief of second chances, Curbside Overhaul would not exist. We use furniture as a medium to get our message out. Again and again, we show people just because something’s a little beat up and has been tossed out, doesn’t mean it won’t have a purpose. It takes a little work, elbow grease and vision, but it can be given a second chance.

The thing is there really isn’t any hope for people who don’t get second chances. A person who is offered a second chance can back up, think about what they’ve done and try again. With a little correction and someone, who can help guide that person in a new direction, there is no telling the positive results that could happen. On the other hand, a person, who made mistake, but is slapped with a lifetime of consequence, almost has no choice, but to continue on that path. Even if the consequence is temporary, that person might spend the rest of their life trying to make up for it and get back on the right path. They might even learn more negative behaviors as a result, spending the rest of their life trying to break the cycle.

So please, if you have an opportunity to give someone else a second chance, do it. You might change their life or at least the trajectory that person might be on. In some instances, it might be a mistake that can’t be ignored. It might be actions that can harm them or someone else. Maybe it’s drastically affecting your business. Whatever the case, if it’s safe and there’s still time to correct the mistake, pull them aside and ask how you can help. Maybe you can help them get back on the right path before it’s too late. The chance another person can make the world a much better place.

We wrote this post as a collaborative effort. Here are some of other favorite pieces on thankfulness to get in the right mindset for Thanksgiving.

 

Thankful for Little Things– Little Sprouts Home Daycare

3 Ways Having a Baby Made Me Thankful– Tapestry Chronicles

The Moment We Share With the Children– Hello Daycare

Be Thankful and Change the World– Ever Change Productions

Cranberry Glazed Ham and Thankfulness– Cottage Making Mommy

Curbside Overhaul is thankful for so many things, but perhaps the thing that comes to mind most is we are thankful for second chances.

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