With Christmas approaching, and my boys becoming old enough to start fully participating and understanding the holiday festivties, I (Erin), thought it would be the perfect time start a new tradition! I created a simple advent calendar that has daily Christmas activities we can do to get us in the mood this holiday season. Want to make one of your own? Here’s how I did it!
Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar
-12 x 12 Wooden Frame
-Seasonal Paper Roll (mine was in a 3-pack at Michaels)
-Contrasting Scrapbook Paper (I used glittery red)
-Sheet of Burlap (found in the scrapbook paper aisle)
-Mini Holiday Clothespins (I found these in packs of 12 at Michaels, already decorated!)
-Chalkboard Sticker Tags
-White Vinyl (Optional Vinyl Cutter)
-Removable Glue Dots
-Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Take apart the frame and glue the burlap to the frame’s cardboard backing.
Step 2: Paint the inside edges of the frame. I chose black, because it matched the background color of my paper roll. I painted the inside of the frame because when you look at it from the side, you’d be able to see unfinished edges. This made that problem all better! And yes, I’m wearing Christmas pants. I’m pretty sure it’s in every crafty handbook that one must dress like the holiday when crafting for the holiday.
Step 3: Arrange your clothespins on the burlap. MAKE SURE to include the chalkboard labels when you’re spacing, or else you might not have enough room. (I did this with the burlap paper in the frame, to also help with placement.) Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, glue your clothespins down. I did end up trimming the labels so they’d all fit better.
Step 4: Cut four strips of the paper roll to fit around the frame, and mod podge into place. I let my paper overlap the sides so the edges would be covered too.
Step 6: Cut out vinyl lettering and attach to chalkboard labels. If you’re wondering, I used the font “Handy George” found HERE. Did I mention that I’m a font hoarder?
Step 7: Stick the chalkboard stickers to white cardstock and cut them out. Attach advent activities to the back of each card. The white cardstock gives you a blank space on the back to write your daily activity. Instead of writing by hand, I wrote activities up on the computer, then printed and cut them out. (I did this so I can reuse the calendar annually, and switch out activities if need be.) You’ll also notice I took some time to actually plan the dates of the activities because I knew some would work better on weekends, while others were fine during the week. Attach the activities with the removable glue dots. They’re not permanent, so again, you can switch them out annually.
Step 8: Hang and use!
Not only am I really happy with how this project turned out, but I’m MORE excited for what’s on those cards, and celebrating the Christmas season with my little men. What are some of your favorite things to do during the holiday season? I would love to hear!