I’m a few days late with this post but I was on time getting the Advent Calendar up for the kids to play with! We also set the Elf on the Shelf loose last night, my oldest daughter named him “Jingle Bell”.
I wanted to share our Advent Calendar with you because my oldest and I paper crafted it together. It came in a kit made by DCVW, but if you have a decent sized scrapbooking stash, I bet you’ve got all of the material on hand. Even if you don’t get it finished in time for this year, it will be a fun holiday craft you can store and have all ready for next year!
Here’s what you need:
2 12×12 chip board sheets
Cover your 12 x12 chip board with holiday paper. The simpler the pattern, the better.
Begin by cutting 25 paper pouches out of some patterned paper. A rectangle folded in half will do just fine. Make sure to cut 5 pouches out a little smaller, you will need to get 5 envelopes on the last line of your calendar (numbers 21 through 25).
Embellish each envelope and include a number (1 through 25, in case that needed explaining).
Line up your envelopes on your chip board and adhere solidly. Punch a hole in each corner of the chip board. Secure a ribbon along the top with brads, make sure your bow is pretty, that’s where you’ll hang your calendar.
Punch holes in the lower corners of your top chip board, and the upper corners of your lower chip board and secure together with ribbons and brads.
Fill your envelopes with Christmas treats. I used stickers, jelly beans and tootsie rolls.
Hang up, and count down the days until Christmas! Here’s a finished picture of our calendar!