I was pretty disappointed last year when I looked on Pinterest for a felt Frozen advent calendar tutorial. There. Was. Nothing. At. All. Sure, there was a shoe holder calendar and a wooden box version, a few others, but absolutely nothing with that traditional felt advent calendar feel.
Pinterest has never let me down before. I felt lost. I felt empty.
And then I realized I had only one choice. Pinterest had always been there for me and now it was my turn!
I had to be the one to add this DIY Frozen Christmas craft to the ranks of Olaf fingerprint ornaments and overly-bedazzled snowflakes!
It took me almost a year from conception to completed blog posts, but I made it! And I’m so excited to share it with you now!
What’s So Special About this Frozen Advent Calendar?
So, there are some truly awesome things going on here!
First, the advent ornaments are HAIR CLIPS!!
Hello! This is a game-changer in the world of advent calendars. And according to my scientific research (a.k.a. scouring pages of google images, Esty and Pinterest) this is the very first hair clip advent calendar. Ever.
Yes! I am still fist-pumping every time I think of it!
How Does a Hair Clip Advent Calendar Work?
So, it goes like this…for the twelve days of Christmas your little Frozenista will chose a hair clip to wear, then at the end of the day she puts that clip up on the tree!
It all culminates in a flurry of Frozen excitement on Christmas day when she can wear her favorite character (let me guess, it’s Elsa)! And then do it all again next year! And year after year, until she finally grows out of her Frozen fascination–and guess what? The Frozen 2 movie will be out by then and you, my friend, will be ahead of the game!
Imagine the endless crafting possibilities of a hair clip advent calendar! I’m thinking birthday countdowns (with cupcakes and balloons), Halloween countdowns (with pumpkins and fall leaves), Easter countdowns (okay, I think you get the picture)! You name it, and the hair clip advent calendar can be modified and AMAZING!
(I think a Disney trip countdown calendar may be my next hair clip project in the cards!)
Kids love this calendar! Wait, let me be more specific: little girls between the ages of 2 and 12 love this calendar (and heck, a lot of their moms too!).
Why? Because it’s FROZEN, and despite the fact that the movie was released 2 years ago, it’s still on fire! Netflix recently added a collection of Disney shorts with “Frozen Fever” included. Guess what my three-year-old wants to watch over and over (and over)? Yup, this isn’t going away anytime soon. And with Taylor swift dressing up as Elsa for Halloween 2015, the coolness factor just continues to grow!
So, if you truly want to impress your little Frozenista this holiday season, you’ll make her one of these puppies, stat!
My little ice princess got a bit immune to seeing our calendar in various stages of completion, but my friends’ kids gravitated to it with that sort of smile only a new Frozen “thing” can bring to their face–you know what I’m talking about! You’ve seen that sparkle in their eye cruising down the Frozen section of the toy store! Honestly, slap some Frozen pictures on anything and kids will want it!
You Can’t Find This Frozen Advent Calendar In Stores!
Guess what, you can’t find this in the Disney isle at Target. And that’s pretty much the point.
In my book, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a big, beautiful, handmade felt advent calendar!
I have some ridiculous mom guilt going on because I didn’t make our family advent calendar myself. Two years ago, I had an infant and a three-year-old, so sue me for buying it from Etsy. If they develop a treatment for mom guilt, sign me up for the first round of clinicals, please!
And that’s where the inspiration for this Frozen advent calendar began, a little bit of mom-guilt and this little white tree, right here:
We’ve done quite a few themes for Kamryn’s little white tree, but this Frozen Christmas tree from last year was my favorite (you can read all about it here)!
If you have a Frozen Christmas tree then you need a Frozen advent calendar. Simple as that. This is a classic peanut butter and jelly situation people!
Once I had the idea of a hair clip advent calendar, I had to start figuring out what the clips would be. I knew I would need Anna, Elsa and Olaf and I had no idea how to make them the way I envisioned them in my head.
That’s where this amazing Etsy store, Little Magic Pieces, came into play! First off, I want EVERYTHING in this store! The attention to detail and the whimsy put into every single hair clip design is just second-to-none!
After I saw the Frozen character clips made by shop owner, Dovile, I knew nothing else would do. I ordered a trio of the main characters (you can see them below) and these became my inspiration for the rest of the hair clips.
In my very early stages of this project, it was hard to figure out what to include besides the main characters for for the hair clip “ornaments.” I ended up creating my own Arandelle castle clip and Elsa’s Ice Castle clip templates–and I am so happy to share them with you!
What I love best about this craft idea is that you can use what you already have! Round up all of your little one’s Frozen hair bows and clips and start there. Make a few special ones to add in and you’re good to go!
Find out all the details about the Frozen advent calendar and tutorial links for all the hair clips here!
Click on the images below for direct links to these Frozen tutorials: