Advent Calendar DIY

Have you ever made an Advent Calendar for your kids? My own children are the perfect age for some fun Christmas activities, so this year I decided to tap into my creative side and give it a go. Here's a look at how I created a fun Christmas Advent Calendar.

I decided to tackle our new Advent Calendar after seeing this inspiration picture and realising I had the perfect picture frame for the project already in our hallway. Winner!

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I found a template for mini-envelopes and set about tracing, cutting, folding and gluing....have to admit there were times I was cursing the fact that there are 24 days in the lead up to Christmas!

This sight at the end of the process made me very happy!

The perfect-sized frame for this project was already hanging in our hallway. When we initially bought it, I removed the glass, attached string to the sides, and hung family photos with mini-pegs. So I knew it would be the perfect size for the Advent envelopes.

I went to the local dollar store and picked up some cute decorations - red and white twine, some red lace tape and stickers (already had the washi tape and mini-pegs) - to do up my envelopes.

Then I got to decorating. Let the fun begin!

Once the decorating was complete, I hung 6 rows of twine across the frame by pushing a pin into each side of the frame and tying the twine around the pin. 

The last step in this project was to come up with some Advent calendar fillers to put inside each envelope. I did a bit of Googling and found some great ideas to choose from. I then hand-wrote the activities into a simple template and laminated them so they could last at least a few years.

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Finally, here is the finished product!

My 3 year old is super excited to open each envelope! And a little tip I read online was to not put the activity in the envelope until the night before so you can decide which activity would best suit each day. There's only so many days that are suited to gingerbread-men-making!

Admittedly, this little project took me longer than I anticipated, but I'm happy with the result and so excited to do all the little activities with my kids and get into the Christmas spirit!

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