How to Make Your Own Advent Calendar
Quick and easy
rainbow paper pocket bunting.
Fill it with treasure notes!
Project 24 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.
Now, about these treasure notes… you can fill your Advent Calendar with just about anything you like. Here’s a few ideas:
- List 24 names of your favourite Christmas books and read a new one a night. (Quick, put them on hold at your local library so you have them at your fingertips.)
- Ask questions. Come up with some cute conversation starters for around the dinner table, and see what wisdom and grace your children have in store for you at Christmas time.
- List 24 Christmas songs, movies, cartoons, or animated features from your childhood and past, and share these with your kids, one per day
- List 24 amazing Christmas-inspired You-tube video links that you can share with your children for a little bit of festive cheer.
- Write a Christmas joke a day. Here’s three to get you started…
Question: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
What’s red & white and red & white and red & white?
Santa rolling down a hill!
Santa Claus walking backwards!
- But you might like to do what we’re doing this year. We’re sharing fun family Advent Experiences. As I say, an experience a day, keeps the grumbles at bay! For our Advent days leading up to Christmas Day, we’re doing a ‘thing’. Might be ‘watching a Christmas movie’ or ‘saying hello to everyone we meet’, or possibly ‘donating a bunch of our pre-loved toys to goodwill op shops’. And there’s plenty of eating too. I can’t wait to get up to this fun.
- We’re also having a little visitor….Gnome in the Home. Read all about it here, or follow along on Instagram!
Here is how to make your own advent calendar for kids using cardboard
Photos left to right, top to bottom
1. You will need to cut 24 rectangles of cardboard, measuring 4.5 cm by 10 cm. If you are making a rainbow one, you’ll need three of each of these colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, dark pink, and light pink.
2. For each rectangle, do this. Fold down 2.5 cm. Fold up 4 cm. Tuck the bottom piece under the top piece.
3. Use a needle to pre-pierce the holes for the brad (paper fastener) and string. Put it in the middle.
4. Push a brad through the bottom hole and pin back legs to hold it in place.
5. Thread a length of baker’s twine in a matching colour onto your needle, tie a knot in the end of the thread, and then take it through the cardboard from behind. Place a piece of cellotape to hold the end of the string in place. Cut the string to about 4-5 cm long.
6. To close the bunting, fold down the lid, and wrap the string around the brad to fasten it. Cut numbers for each of the 1 to 24 days out of cardboard in a contrasting colour. I did mine in rainbow order like this: red card, orange numbering… orange card, yellow numbering… yellow card, green numbering….
7. Of course, you’ll need to fill your Advent bunting. Write your Advent Experiences on a piece of cardboard and pop one inside each envelope.
8. Close them up for real, then add a mini peg to the top.
9. Of course, you might also like to save time and use the Advent Experiences from the printable that is in my Advent Tree ebook… see below for details.
10. Complete all the bunting envelopes ready to fill.
11. When they are done, grab your mini pegs.
12. Run a length of string across a wall or window, and peg on each envelope card in order, 1 to 24. From Sunday December 1st, invite your children to open one envelope per day. As a family, have a bit of Advent fun! I’d love to hear about it.
PS: I think this is so pretty, I want to leave it there all year!
In other Advent news…
Click here to buy the Advent Tree PDF ebook for $3.50 today.
Includes one page lovely printable of Advent Experiences. Downloads instantly to your computer.