My Advent Calendar

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 |
So, I posted about all the different kinds of advent calendars I found that I thought were pretty and unique.  And as I am stuck at home with no way out to get supplies, I had to find something around the house to make do.  I decided on a card advent calendar, because... well I have a ton of scrapbook paper that isn't going anywhere!

Here's what I did:

Select 12 sheets of fun brightly coloured 12x12 paper.

Fold it in half.  And cut it so you have 2 envelopes from one sheet.

Fold it more than half way.

Again!  Fold over the lip.

Cut out two small triangles from the top.

So far, it looks like this:

I cut the bottom too, so it would be easier to grab the event papers out of the envelope.  I used double sided tape to seal the sides.

There you have it.  24 brightly coloured envelopes.

Now, to embellish.  I got my sister to print these numbers out on her computer (seriously, why don't I have a printer?  I saw one in a flyer tonight for $48!!)  Anyways, I found the perfect sized circle from my mousse bottle to draw my shapes.  You might have a circle punch (Handy!!) 

Cut out the circle numbers with straight scissors, and the I pulled out the cute edged scissors for colourful paper to go around the number.

They look like this in the end.

The little snowflakes I got at the dollar store last year (are mini clothes pins) and hung all my Christmas cards on them.  This year I am using them for my cute advent calendar.

These cards hang on the wall in my front entry.

What did I fill them with?  Well, my family, we like to do things together, so in each day we have a different thing we can all do.  I love doing it this way, and OF COURSE the kids do too!  They love spending time with their awesome parents!!!  *wink, they are still young!

I will share what we do on each day in a later post.

So did you make an advent calendar?  I want to see your ideas!!


Amanda said...

What a cute idea Charity! We started our Christmas binder last night. Each day from now until Christmas has a scripture, a carol and a story.

Amanda - Small Home Big Start said...

Great idea! And fun to make too

Staci said...

I've been looking for an envelope template to put together my huband's Christmas gift. This is perfect!

Love it for an advent calendar too. Good thinking.

Jennie said...

Oh, Charity, I love it!

Kelli W said...

This is too cute! I love all the colors!

Heather said...

This is such a great idea! I love it. My husband has been asking me to put together an advent calendar for years (his mother always had one growing up) and I just haven't had time! This looks pretty easy though. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

So cute! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm now a follower!! Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

christina said...

love it! im not a lover of greens and reds for christmas, so i love seeing other colors used!

Anne said...

That is WONderful! I just adore it.

Leana said...

love all the fun patterns and colors! I found you through Tatertots. Thanks for sharing :)

Andrea said...

YOU ARE DARLING!!! Thanks for commenting on my Christmas Countdown... (sometimes I think I am just blogging for myself) I was totally like you, stuck at home (with a sick little one), and frantically trying to come up with something I could do with things I had around the house... Especially because it was Nov 30th! ha! I LOVE your envelope idea, and below I LOVE the socks (who woulda thought!) xo

Brianna! said...

that is SUPER precious
I want one.
Great tutorial

thanks for sharing


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