Colorful Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar Detail

I think it’s safe to say that I barely knew what an advent calendar was before Pinterest came along. Now I can’t live without one! Darn you, Pinterest! šŸ˜‰

Anyway, last year’s calendar was a bit late and not too exciting looking, but we still thought it was awesome. This year I stuffed my pockets with coupons and headed out to Michael’s… Not exactly with a plan, but with some vague ideas of what I wanted to do. Here’s what I ended up with:

Card Stock

Three dollars worth of colorful card stock and some quick googling on how to fold a piece of paper into a baggy. And since the camera was handy, here is my garbled attempt at explaining how to fold a paper bag…

Fold in half and tape the edge opposite the fold:

paper bag step 1

Fold both of the long sides in a little bit (I cut a piece of scrap paper as a guide to keep the fold sizes consistent):

paper bag step 2

Unfold and refold the sides so the middle folds point inward. You know, like the sides of a paper bag:

paper bag step 3

Now fold the bottom up (I used the long side of my piece of scrap paper to keep this fold a consistent size):

paper bag step 4

And brush off your mad origami skills to press open the bottom so it looks like this:

paper bag step 5

Then fold the open edges in so they overlap, and tape them together:

paper bag step 6

Now you have a bag! Mine is tall and narrow so I can fold the top down:

paper bag step 7

I also picked up a number stencil while I was at Michael’s, and after some contemplation I put the numbers on little circles of white card stock. I used a shot glass to trace the circles.

stenciled numbers

To hang, I knew we had plenty of ribbon and twine around the house so I didn’t have to buy anything. We settled on twine… And I have tons of clothespins, so that was a no-brainer.

Advent Calendar

For now we’re just putting chocolate in the bags for us grownups, but maybe I’ll add more fun stuff in future years. Whatever will keep this little one entertained!

Gratuitous baby pic



Posted on November 30, 2013, in crafts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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