Last year, I created an Advent calendar in 3 hours and I WAS SO PROUD OF MYSELF! In fact, I was bummed that I didn't photograph it while I did it (I was going through a major blog break up). While the photos are not gorgeous, you'll get the gist of the craft and you will see that you can totally make this too!
BACKSTORY (scroll down if you just want to get right to the craft):
In 2014, I handmade my very first Advent calendar for my oldest kiddo. I loved making the countdown so in 2016, I created a balloon advent calendar, which featured Christmas jokes each day. My kid loved it so much and would take his daily joke to school every day. I didn't get a chance to make one in 2017, so I wanted to make it up to him. However, our youngest kid was now at an age where he wanted everything his brother got, so it looked like I was going to have to personalize two countdowns. Of course, I had forgotten about it until the day before the countdown was supposed to start, so THE POWER OF A PROCRASTINATOR WAS CHALLENGED!
The boys have quite an age gap, so I had to make sure to cater to them, specifically to what would interest them. I knew I couldn't do holiday jokes again (do you know how hard it is to find kid-friendly jokes?), so for our 10-year old, I decided to find 24 Christmas fun facts.
My 4-year old wouldn't understand those, so what could I do? The Alphabet! Back in June, I had thought, "I could draw my own holiday alphabet", but got exhausted just thinking about it. After a quick Google search, I found the most darling flash cards from The Jam Tart!
ALRIGHT - LET'S CRAFT!
holiday wrapping paper
1. Grab a roll of holiday wrapping paper, cut 48" by 30", and secure it to the wall with double-sided tape around the entire edge. Seriously, don't skimp on the tape. The envelopes will get heavy and you don't want the whole thing to fall off the wall.
2. With a thick marker, number each envelope 1 through 24. I added a little red bow for fun. ;)
3. Using the double-sided tape, attach the envelopes to the wrapping paper.
4. Fill your envelopes with your countdown activity!
PLEASE NOTE: Make sure the items that you add to the envelopes are light-weight. I was able to add a small fun fact (for my oldest) and an alphabet flash card (for my youngest) in each envelope.
Hi! I'm Amy
I draw, make, and occasionally tell a story.