Count down to Christmas with a handmade Advent calendar you and the kids can create. Using ornaments, baby socks, and photos, these charming, treat-a-day ideas make the holiday season even more merry.
Our simplest Advent calendar to date, this is a minimalist take on the holiday tradition.
This Advent calendar starts as a miniature chest of 24 drawers. As its drawers are removed and reversed, a picture is revealed.
Remove matches from 24 matchboxes; glue boxes in three stacks of eight. Glue stacks together to make the chest, then cut a strip of paper to wrap around the sides of the chest; glue it in place. With acrylic paint, number the front of each drawer. Turn the chest around; paint a tree or other design on the back. Remove drawers and glue a ribbon tab on the underside of each drawer on the numbered end. From construction paper, cut a square backing for the chest to keep drawers in place and hide the image; attach it at the edges with glue. Fill drawers with small treats and notes, and slip them back into the chest.
Kids undecorate this tree! The ornaments are gifts in ribbon pouches, one to open each day starting December 1.
To make ornaments, cut wide grosgrain or satin ribbon into 8- or 10-inch lengths. Fold in half. Sew up the sides on a machine; trim the tops with pinking shears. Slip candy or small toys inside. Mark the dates on tags with a marker or rubber stamp; thread cord through tags, and tie on bags to close. Hang bags or tuck safely between branches.
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