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I absolutely LOVE to make the kids’ Christmas countdown Advent calendar! In our house, the Advent calendar always “appears” on December 1st. And it is always brought by those silly elves! Somehow this has become a tradition that my kids are quick to point out as the 1st of December approaches.
And with tradition comes large-scale! With three kiddos, it has to be fair and square in those Advent calendar pockets. What one gets, the others want one of the same. Mom and dad will hear all about it otherwise. 🙄
This year, the Christmas countdown calendar “fairy” is incorporating some kindness cards along with those foil-wrapped candies in those extra roomy calendar pockets. Because with a treat comes the chance to do some good!
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How to Make Cute Candy and Kindness Advent Calendar
As December 25th quickly approaches, I want to create an Advent calendar that is both cute AND affordable! And one that would make an impact on my [kind] kids when they wake up on December 1st.
Let’s get KIND-a crafty!
– Brown paper lunch bags
– Craft acrylic paints + brushes
– Assorted grosgrain ribbons
– Printed cardstock scrapbook die cuts
– Wooden clothespins
– Jute twine
– Number stickers
– PVC pipe or wooden dowel
– Optional: Spray paint for pipe or dowel
How to Make Easy Paper Bag Kindness Advent Calendar
Depending on how crafty you want to get, use acrylic paints to decorate the paper lunch bags.
How to Make Cute and Affordable Kindness Advent Calendar
Stuff each bag with whatever you want! For those bags with kindness cards, I toss in some chocolates.
In the other bags are candy canes, fruit chews, Goldfish snack bags, Playdoh and the once-a-year treat: mini boxes of fun cereals that mom never buys!
Close each brown paper lunch bag and secure with a wooden clothespin.
Label each bag with a small number sticker: 1-24 (or 25).
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Now you need to find a space to display these brown paper Advent calendar bags.
You could line them all up like toy soldiers on a shelf. Or, you could hang them on a seldom used door like I do.
I cut a PVC pipe to fit the width of the door and spray painted it. Let fully dry.
Add craft twine to both ends of the pipe or dowel.
I use an inverted jumbo Command hook inside the door to hang the rod.
Next add long pieces of twine along the pipe. For 24 bags, I have five pieces.
Clip the bags onto these sections of twine, putting heavier bags toward the bottom.
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