November 15, 2018

Target Dollar Spot Advent Calendar

Hello friends! I have been busy decking our halls for the holidays. In fact, as I write this, we are awaiting our very first snowstorm of the season. So it's been quite easy to get into the Christmas spirit early this year. Before I begin sharing our decor this year, I wanted to share a super easy project I recently completed with items purchased at the Dollar Spot in Target.

I spotted these little hat and mitten ornaments in the Dollar Spot and immediately knew I wanted to try to re-create a similar Advent calendar to one I've had my eye on at Garnet Hill for a few years. As luck would have it, I actually purchased the $$ Garnet Hill version on sale a few weeks back. Even though it was pricey, it had that heirloom quality to it that I look for in Christmas items. But when I saw the items available in the Dollar Spot, I just had to create my own version too. Since I have 3 kids, we need multiple Advent calendars each year anyway.
I was able to purchase all materials needed right at the Dollar Spot. The mittens were 2/$1 and the hats were $1 each. I grabbed a package of numbered stickers and enough wooden clips (they had plenty to choose from) to create 24 pockets for small holiday treats. I already had the red and white gingham ribbon on hand, but they had plenty of ribbon for $1 in this area as well.
I decided to cut out the number stickers and leave them their paper back for durability. Then I simply cut off all the loops to hang the ornaments and clipped both the mitten and # to each hat and mitten. I considered glueing the #'s to the wooden clips but I kept it simple and less sticky and used just the clips.
This would be a simple craft for kids to create too!  I was so excited when I saw how cute it was coming together.
My boys are older so I will be filling these mittens with a mix of some candy and small items like chap stick. If they were younger, I would probably add some small toys, stickers, etc. It's fun to have a little surprise each day no matter your age!
I love this little charming addition to our Christmas decor. I think the Christmas season is a magical time of creating lifelong memories so I am always happy to create something that adds to that spirit.
As you can see, I am decorating this part of my home with lots of red and white - a very colorful and classic cottage-y Christmas.  I'm excited to share more of my decor soon. Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Courtney, it is adorable. I might have to make another Target run.

  2. That is just adorable! I love the colors and can’t wait to see the rest of the room! I got the cutest fall things at the Target Dollar Spot. Now I must go back!
    And yes my granddaughter texted from Seton Hall this morning to say it was snowing!! She might have been born in Texas, but she is a 4 season girl!

    Chris from West Texas

  3. That's adorable, Courtney!! I haven't REALLY started my all out decor but like you, the snow has me in the mood to get started! I've brought in a couple of my tiny trees and scattered them about, but there are still pumpkins and such around also....I'm not in full on Christmas mode yet, I just want to get a little head start and have a few less things to do next Friday!! Can't wait to see your house all decorated, it's always gorgeous!

  4. I’ve been awaiting your Christmas posts, I look forward to it every year. I love your style and how magical and comfy your home is every Christmas. I hope you have a beautiful holiday season.

  5. This is too adorable. Gotta love Target!!!! We are getting snow here in Illinois too. It is a good motivator to get ideas going for Christmas decor. Happy Friday.

  6. These are adorable! I love that you are using lots of red too. I always think about going neutral but end up bringing out the red every year! It just makes everything more festive! I hope you guys survived the crazy snow storm. My boys both had a snow day today which worked out well considering my older son had a fever and wouldn't have gone anyway. I don't need him to be absent this early in the year. Enjoy your weekend!