Okay, I’m gonna toot my own horn a bit because… why not? Martha Stewart does it.
I invented this project. I did. I totally invented it from scratch. Didn’t see it anywhere. Didn’t copy it from someone else. It’s all mine, peaches! And look how cute it is!!
It’s customizable. Environmentally-friendly. Reusable. (Yes. It would be more reusable if you made them out of fabric, but this is WAY easier, I promise) AND when you get together with some friends to make them, it’s quite a fun night.
Make Your Own Personalized Advent Calendar…
THINGS YOU NEED
- 25 small paper bags (size 3.5 X 2.25 X 6.75)
- Christmas patterned paper (tissue and wrapping paper works well and is WAY cheaper than scrapbook paper)
- Numbers (Psst! Here, I made some for you!)
- 25 wood clothes pins
- Red craft paint & sponge brush
- Ribbon, length depends on where you want to hang it
- Glue & scissors
- Advent calendar GOODIES (candy, toys, love letters, etc., etc. etc.)
- Paint your clothespins and put them on a baking rack to dry
- Cut out your numbers and glue them to the patterned paper and then cut them out – leaving about 1/4-inch border around each number
- Fold 2-inches of the top of your bag over (TIP: turn your bag over so that the folded bottom is facing up. Then fold the top of the bag until it meets the top of the bag bottom.)
- Glue your bordered numbers to your bags
- Fill them and hang them on your ribbon
“Yes, Miss Hill!”
Three of my friends came over last night and we made 4 sets of advent calendars in about 3 hours. The part that took the longest was the painting of clothespins. It’s a bit time consuming – especially if you’re drinking wine & chatting about random shiz – BUT totally worth it!
It helps if one of your friends is a teacher with a knack for
bossing organizing people into ‘stations.’ My friend Alisha, AKA Miss Hill, was very good at getting us all sorted. And every so often we would deviate from her master-plan and she would effectively remind us that we had, to which we answered, “Yes, Miss Hill!” (much to her enjoyment, I believe.)