Simply Advent Calendars

We can all agree that December is a crazily busy month at work, school and home. With so much going on, it’s easy (and in my opinion, totally acceptable!) for some minor details to slip through the cracks. Case in point…my family’s Advent calendar. When it dawned on me that we are well into December and haven’t been doing our usual calendar ritual, I  thought about the reasons we even have a countdown to the 25th…

And then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  With the whirlwind of activity this time of year it is important to have a little something each day that reminds me to relax and appreciate all the wonderful things in my life. The Advent Calendar symbolizes all the excitement and fun of the buildup to the big holiday, and it also serves as a daily reminder to take a breather to honor the little things.

Luckily, my snafu is redeemable with this Advent calendar craft that focuses on the week leading up Christmas. Follow the instructions below to create an adorable and interactive Advent calendar with gift boxes that you can fill with small items to calm you down and lift you up…

What You’ll Need…

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or nail scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Elf images (you can print them from the Web or copy from a coloring book)
  • Craft glue
  • Black velvet paper
  • 7 Small gift boxes
  • Ribbon
  • Small metal numbers to denote dates
  • Paper clips
  • Objects for inside the box, i.e. a delicious piece of candy, a piece of paper with an inspirational saying, or a sprig of your favorite herb

Get started…

1.  To make an Advent box, begin by cutting a square around an elf image and dabbing a dot of glue on each corner. Attach the square onto the black velvet paper.
2.  Using your utility knife or nail scissors, carefully cut out the elf’s silhouette. With craft glue, glue the elf silhouette into the bottom (not the lid) of a box. Repeat for the 7 boxes.
3.  To hang each box, use the hole punch to punch 2 holes in the center of the top side of the bottom of the box and thread a ribbon through. Then, tie a knot to create a loop.
4.  Punch 2 holes in the center of the lid, thread the same ribbon through, and then tie into a bow with the metal number hanging down.
5.  Place whatever objects tickle your holiday fancy inside each box.



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