ADVENT CALENDARS – THE GREAT COUNT DOWN

It’s only a week until the 1st of December and if you’re like me you’re flat out busy but still want to enjoy the festivities of Christmas, sprinkle magic everywhere for your kids and not kill yourself doing it.  I’m organising my advent calendar this weekend so I know it’s set.  One less thing right?  I usually like to add small gifts like Lego, miniature toy trains, stickers & erasers, plus a few lollies.  I also add in some activities like Christmas baking, visiting Santa and making gifts for friends.  The kids love it and I love the way it generates excitement in the lead up to Christmas.  If you would like to make your advent calendar and haven’t started yet here are 4 reasonably easy but absolutely gorgeous calendars to make this weekend.

  1. Christmas baubles.  Make your own baubles have become quite popular in recent years.  Why not pick up a pack and fill them with found objects, little notes and activities for the day.  To make it extra fun for the kids pop some scavenger hunts in, leading to a small treasure.  Don’t forget to add a number to each bauble.  Some paper and ribbon should do the trick.  Spotlight and Riot stores usually stock these baubles and Kmart currently have some extra pretty ones for $3
  2. Copper Advent calendar.  This is a beautiful and simple project perfect for so many homes styles.  In this case they’ve cut copper pipe (found at Bunnings in the timber section) and popped rolled pieces of paper inside which could also house small gifts and lollies.  A piece of dowel, string and you’re ready to go.  If the copper pipe is too much for your skills, switch it out for pieces of lace, string or burlap (also found at spotlight stores).
  3. Isn’t this the easiest calendar.  Brown paper bags pegged onto a wire frame.  Kmart have a couple of memo boards for less than $10 that are perfect.  Dress the frame with some rosemary, gum nuts and ribbon for a lovely Christmas feel.
  4. This will be my go to this year.  A basket filled with wrapped gifts.  You can use brown paper bags, left over Christmas paper from last year or your kids paintings.  The choice is yours.  I will be using left over paper tied with string.

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