Dec 2 2013

Advent Calendar

Christmas is our favorite holiday!  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!  We have lots of fun and exciting Christmas ideas to share with you this month.  We hope you follow along as we get into the holiday spirit.

I know it is December 2nd already, but I wanted to share with you an advent calendar that I made.  I figured there are still 23 days left before Christmas, so it is still not too late to make one, or you can use this idea next Christmas!

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Materials:

  • full sheet labels
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • 2″ circle hole punch
  • chalk or chalkboard paint pen
  • background or board of some type (I chose a canvas painting and covered it with burlap)
  • staple gun
  • Christmas themed scrapbook paper
  • paper cutter
  • ribbon
  • push pins
  • 25 mini clothespins

Step 1: Spray paint 4 sheets of full sheet labels with chalkboard spray paint.  (you will use these for your numbers and the sign above your advent calendar).

Step 2: Once spray paint is dry, use your 2″ hole punch to cut 25 circles.  Next, cut out a fun shape for the sign above your advent calendar.

Step 3: Write your numbers (1-25) on the circle cut outs using chalk or a chalkboard paint pen.  Write out a Christmas message (like “Merry Christmas”) to display at the top of your advent calendar.

Step 4: Prepare your background or board. I covered a canvas painting I already had with burlap using a staple gun.  I stapled to the inside wooden frame so it wouldn’t ruin the painting should I ever want to use it again.  You could also use a poster board, chalkboard or even a long piece of cardboard for your backdrop.

Step 5: Cut your scrapbook paper double the size vertically that you want your “envelope” as you will fold.  The folded crease will become the bottom of your envelope.

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Step 6: Using a sewing machine, sew around 3 of the sides of the envelope leaving the top open.

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Step 7: Stick the circle cut outs to the envelopes you made.

Step 8: Layout your envelopes on the canvas evenly spaced and determine where you would like your ribbon.  Attach ribbon to your back drop using a pushpin or staple gun.

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Step 9: Hang envelopes on ribbon with clothes pins.

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Step 10: Add Bible verses to each envelope to read on each night and/or put in activities to do with your family each night. Below are some ideas of activities you may want to do with your family.

  • Make Christmas cookies and share with a neighbor
  • Look at lights
  • Watch a Christmas movie
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Decorate the house
  • Make hot chocolate
  • Go to the Christmas tree lot
  • Decorate the tree
  • Read a Christmas story
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Make an ornament
  • Decorate a gingerbread house
  • Buy a toy to donate
  • Make a Christmas craft
  • Go to a Christmas concert or play (at your church or nearby college)
  • Send a care package to a soldier over seas

We would love to hear about what activities you chose to include in your advent calendar!

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