It’s almost time to start counting down the days to Christmas! As a kid I always looked forward to using the advent calendar. Except we had one calendar and four children, so I got one chocolate every four days, lol. But I was still excited about it! This year I’m making a fun one for my kids that I actually want to have up on my wall. Hope you like my advent calendar!
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The first time I found this craft metal, I knew I would create something with it. I love mixing metals into my decor and veering back towards a touch of industrial style.
- Craft Metal
- Platinum 6 Machine
- Notched Mini Envelope Etched Dies
- Simply Said Etched Alphabet Etched Dies
- Glue or double sided tape
- Black Vinyl
- White cardstock
- Large square chalkboard (similar)
How to Make Your Own Advent Calendar:
Following the directions in the photo above (top left to bottom right), all you have to do is cut the craft metal with the Notched Mini Envelope Etched Dies, and then use the white cardstock and the rectangle from the etched die kit to cut the white paper inserts.
Once the envelope is cut, use glue or double sided tape to glue the craft metal together. Then you can use the same glue or tape to attach your envelopes to your chalkboard or wooden background.
The next step is to use your Platinum 6 machine to cut vinyl numbers from 1-24 for each of your advent calendar envelopes. Peel off the backing and stick them to the front.
Love the mix of the metal added to the black and white. It’s so classic and chic!
One of the things that I like the most about this advent calendar is that my kids are going to get a ton of fun family activities out of the month!
If you need help coming up with some advent activities, here’s a list of 50 ideas!
- Build a snowman
- Make Christmas cookies
- Do a Christmas craft
- Open a gift (save this one for Christmas Eve!)
- Go tobogganing with Dad
- Play a family game
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Make Nuts ‘n Bolts (or any family recipe!)
- Go ice skating/play a game of hockey
- Sing Christmas carols
- Write a letter to Santa
- Drive around to see the lights
- Read a Christmas story
- Deliver Christmas cookies to friends/family
- Dance to Christmas music
- Make Christmas cards for friends/family
- Visit a live nativity
- Decorate cookies
- Call Grandma & grandpa to sing carols (someone far away)
- Go caroling
- Buy gifts for a child/family in need
- Wrap Christmas presents
- Go shopping with Mom/Dad for the other one’s gift
- Make snow angels
- Make ornaments as a family
- Build a gingerbread house
- Do a random act of kindness
- Decorate the tree
- Make hot chocolates
- Make a gift for a family member
- Go skiiing
- Build a snow fort
- Have a pyjama day
- Go window shopping
- Bundle up and go for a wintery walk
- Take Family Christmas photos
- Make a popcorn garland
- Go cut down a Christmas tree
- Collect pine cones
- Put up a wreath
- Make hot cider
- Donate canned pantry food
- Make peppermint bark
- Relax by the fireplace with Christmas music
- Make reindeer food
- Make Christmas “cookies” with playdough and cookie cutters
- Read “The Night Before Christmas”
- Find some mistletoe and hang it in your house (& kiss under it!)
- Make a snow globe
- Go see Santa Claus
And if there are only so many that you like, you can always do two of the same activity, like making cookies or doing crafts!
There’s another way you can use these envelopes too, I used them with clothespin for some beautiful wall art in my Christmas Kitchen Home Tour.