Each year we buy the girls Christmas Advent calendars. They are usually the inexpensive ones you can buy for a few dollars with chocolates inside. We splurged on Playmobil calendars last year. The girls loved those! I wanted to do something a little special this year! I made this DIY Christmas Advent calendar made from simple white paper gift bags, printable tags and some pretty ribbon and garnishes!
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The advent calendar is made of white paper bags stuck to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree! It’s super simple. The bags are just attached to the wall by sticking command strips to the back of wooden clothes pegs. If you cut a large command strip in half it fits perfectly on the back of a peg! This method is so easy and won’t leave any holes!
You can make your tree whatever size best fits your wall space, but I made my tree quite large. I did 2 rows of 5 bags on the bottom, then 2 rows of 4 bags, 1 row of 3 bags, 1 row of 2 bags, and then a single bag on the top to make my tree. I spaced the bags 12″ apart horizontally and left a 6-inch gap between rows!
Before clipping the bags to the wall I filled them with small treats or toys!
Some ideas for fillers:
I also thought it would be sweet to write notes of affirmation to add in with the toys and treats! I like to put these the girls’ lunches too! You could also write out a winter or holiday bucket list item or fun activity to do together! The options are endless!
Even though I made this calendar for my kids, I was thinking about how nice it would be to make one for myself! Even Ollie would love one…
Write coupons for a back massage, guys night out, skip the dishes pass, or a new adventure activity to try!
If you are an eco-conscious household look for environmentally friendly stuffers like handmade candies, wooden toys, etc.. Maybe add in a pass to the local science center or the zoo to learn about the world around us!
Pampering supplies like bath salts, sleep masks, gift certificates to the spa, or a nice dinner out would make the busy holiday season feel a little less hectic!
You can make so many yummy and non-toxic products with essential oils. You can also buy ready-made supplies from Young Living like lip balm, hand sanitizer, rollers, diffuser blends, beauty products, oil-infused jewelry, etc…
Make a mini version for the fluffiest member of your family! Squeaky toys, chews, treats, and accessories would make for a fun puppy calendar!
Make it romantic! Sweet love notes or date ideas make excellent stuffers. Take the opportunity to make your significant other feel extra special!
This might be my favourite idea! Put an act of service to perform each day into the Advent calendar bags and see how much good you can do this holiday season. Volunteer at a shelter, pay for someone’s coffee in line, or leave a kind note for a stranger! This one embraces the true spirit of Christmas and would be a great one to do with kids!
I used a variety of items liked dried oranges, snippets of greens, velvet ribbon, leather ties and string to dress up each bag.
An easy way to dress up the bags is to fold the top over and then use a hole punch to place 2 holes next to each other close to the top. Then thread the ribbon through the holes from the back and tie in the front! It looks pretty and keeps the bag closed as well as securing the tag!
Alexandra from The Blessed Willow Gallery created these one-of-a-kind advent calendar tags and we are giving them to you for free! Just scroll to the end of the post to print out your own set. I like to print them out on cardstock!
Fairy string lights outline the shape of the Christmas tree and add holiday sparkle and shine! I placed the end of the lights at the peak of the tree and then worked my way down to string them so that I could hide the battery pack behind a basket of green on the floor! They are just lightly would around the clothespegs to keep them in place!
You can add extra garnishes like dried orange slices or greenery snippets to add extra holiday style to your tree!
I made my tree quite large. You can see the layout below. You can make your tree whatever size works for your wall space though!
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I hope this easy to make DIY Christmas Advent calendar makes your holiday season just a little more special!
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