It's advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little diy advent calendar village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.
Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season...
I'm going to use this platform to declare this: advent calendars are kinda the best. They capture all the excitement building in the hearts and minds of children and they temper it by delivering it in small doses the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Growing up, the method my parents employed was a drug store calendar filled with tiny poor-quality milk chocolates that my brother and I retrieved by poking our fingers through a small perforated...
One of my favorite things about the festive season is the lead up to the big day; there’s so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the countdown to Christmas. This is why advent calendars are right up my alley and this year I finally got around to hand-making one, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all, being a free printable advent calendar, it’s easy to set one up for your own holiday celebrations - click through to see how!
Snowy mountain advent calendar printable
Double-sided tape or glue
How to get this printable advent calendar
Print out the snowy mountain advent calendar file onto white letter-sized card stock. In the file, there's a pocket for each day of December (up till the 24th).
With your ruler and bone folder, score along the dashed white lines that section off the two tabs on each of the pockets. Also score a line along the middle of each pocket (use the base of the mountain as a guide).
Cut out each of the pockets with a pair of scissors.
Fold the pockets along the lines you scored in Step 1.
Apply double-sided tape or glue to the two tabs on each pocket. Fold up the bottoms of the pockets so that they stick to the tabs.
Punch a hole in the corner of each pocket and thread a piece of twine through it, tying a knot to secure it in place.
Attach each pocket to your dowel rod by tying the other end of the twine around the dowel.
As you attach each of the pockets to the dowel, try to vary the lengths of the twine so that some of the pockets hang lower than others - this will add more visual interest to your calendar.
Once your advent calendar is complete, simply fill it with goodies or printed Christmas greetings for your loved ones.
It's rare that a craft project without a purpose other than being insanely adorable inspires me to completely geek out, but my goodness, this chewing gum pocket advent calendar is a brilliant and cheerful testament to human creativity. Head over to My Little Moochi, grabbing some Dentene and your red and green Sharpies on the way, and make these by the dozens.