Yikes!! It’s coming up so fast! Christmas is just around the corner and I am like a kid in a candy store!! I love Christmas. I love everything about it, the feeling, the decor, the fun with family. It is truly my favourite time of year. I get so giddy!
Every year around this time I start planning my girl’s advent calendars. We’ve had the same one for many years now and it is time to come up with something new. I made the original one when they were little and every year I filled it with different ideas.
The picture above is the old one. It was really easy to make and lasted a long time. I don’t have a picture to show you the process of making it but it is pretty straight forward.
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- 16 x 20 canvas
- Assorted Christmas paper to match your style
- Wedding favour tins – it’s okay if they have a clear top because you are covering them with paper.
- Christmas stamps
- Stamp pad to match your paper
- Punches – I use a circle and scallop
- Tape runner (double sided tape)
- Velcro dots
I will give you the measurements I used for my 16 x 20 canvas but if you use a different size you will have to adjust your measurements to fit.
My title at the top was crated using my Cricut machine but you can just as easily use letter stickers.
- Top band – 2.5″ x 19″
- Each square – 3″ x 3″
- Top band – 2.25″ x 16″
- Each square – 2.75″ x 2.75″
Space out the pieces on your board and stick them down.
I used small velcro circles and attached them to the back of the tin and the center of each square.
For the tops of the tins I punched out 2″ circles to cover the top and then stamped and punched out some scallops with Christmas images and the numbers.
You can embellish it any way you want. I cut out some poinsettias from one of many papers I had on hand.
Oh yeah! I hang mine up using command hooks. Two at the bottom to rest the canvas on then one turned upside down at the top of the canvas. Just slide the canvas in and no marks on the wall! Gotta love command hooks! And it is durable enough to pull those tins off. I used a thin canvas so I was able to hang it this way. If you use a regular canvas then you can just hang it over the command hooks regularly. (Just be careful you don’t pull the advent calendar off the wall when you pull off the tin. :P)
And just like that you are done! An advent calendar that will last a really long time. Seriously! I have a thirteen and sixteen year old and it is the only one we really ever had.
So what do you put in those advent calendars?
For many years my girls were big into Lego. So instead of spending a fortune on one of the pre-done Lego calendars I chose to spend a ton on making my own. 😛
Okay, let me explain….
For my calendar it is a tad time consuming but my girls loved it and looked forward to it every year for many years. I would purchase a good size Lego set, open it up, sort it all out in the order of the instructions and put it into the containers. For some of the pieces that didn’t fit I would just hold onto them and hand them out as needed.
So everyday they would wake up excited and run to their calendar. I would pull out the instruction booklet and only show them the part that they had the pieces for. They would put it together and wait for the next day. So everyday this Lego would slowly start to come together. They had no idea what it was and they looked so forward to the final week when it would be done. My oldest was quite a smarty pants and would guess it before then because she seemed to know every Lego set and all their pieces. But they would still be so excited for when it was all together. By the end of the calendar they had some sort of fun piece to play with like a helicopter or a big truck. Eventually it turned into the girly friends Lego. But they always had something cool to look forward to. It was like a big gift for being patient for the month.
Over the years as they started to grow out of Lego (which by the way was a looong time!) I would start to put in other stuff. One year we did the 24 days of fun stuff to do. It included things like going out for fancy hot chocolate as a family on Christmas eve, Mom and Dad servant for a day, special dinner of their choosing… you get the idea. That was fun!
Last year was the first year I actually didn’t put my girl’s advent calendar together. I actually went out and bought them one. They liked them but even my oldest said that it wasn’t the best. She is a teenager and so I got her a makeup one. Most of the makeup in it turned out to not be her colours. So ones like that you are really taking a chance. Especially for the money.
So this year we are back to the home made advent calendars. I wanted a simple but fun idea so I made up a collection of some that I loved from the internet. Ah! the internet… how did we survive without this! Really how did I make it this far in life having to do things on my own. Gah!!
They are all fairly simple to make but look so pretty when done and hanging. I have included a photo of each and a link back to the blogger who created it so be sure to pop by them all to see which one works best for you. I’m thinking of mixing elements from a couple of them to create my own.
Aren’t they cute?! Do you make or buy your advent calendars?
For more Christmas inspiration be sure to check out my DIY finger knit wreath to add a cozy feeling to your home this winter.