I wrote a post last Christmas season about making your own advent calendar. It involved sewing, cutting, stitching, and about 2 weeks of hard work and labor. This year as I unpacked my Christmas decorations I found no advent calendar, and after inquiring and accusing right and left I am left empty handed. SO BUMMED! This was supposed to be the advent calendar that my children passed down to their children and so on and so on! Deep breath. I’m also feeling much more lazy than I was last year so there is no way in hell I am going to try to recreate it. Having said that I decided to research every idea of an advent calendar using things from around my house and I actually found some great ideas. Perks: They don’t take up space in my garage. They are festive and cheery. Jack can help make and decorate them which he loves. They are cheap. They won’t crush all your hopes and dreams if you lose them. AND they take 5 seconds to make. Here are my top picks for advent calendars this year!
All of these are very self explanatory and can easily involve things you have at home or things you can pick up from Micheal’s Craft Store for under $10. More importantly, they can all be either packed away very small for next year or thrown away and recreated down the road. You can get creative with what goes inside each day, whether it be candy or treats or even just little notes of inspiration. You can also involve your little one with decorating the outside! Add glitter, have them help write the days, have them help tie the bows, they can stick some fun stickers etc. It’s great, it’s fun, it’s easy!
*TIP: To see which day you are on, use a candy cane or toy to stick inside each envelope when you open them. If you use muslin bags, get a special clothes pin and decorate it extra fancy to clip on the date.