only 3 days late

I finally got around to making an advent calender. I have been wanting to make one for years, but would find  myself buying one of those chocolate ones at the last minute. Not this year.

I still really would like to make a fabric one like this or this. There is also this one that I was definitely going to do, but it turns out I don’t have as many paper rolls as I thought. This button tree is cute too, but I don’t need any more poky things on the floor. The LEGOs scattered every where are enough! It would sure be a nice one for my craft room though.

So this is what I came up with.  I found a old wooden plaque board in my collection of crap stuff that I painted, added string, then made paper pockets made from sheet music and a bit of scrapbook paper. It’s kinda like this one.  I had everything I needed.

There are little papers inside with small written messages like:
~ Look *here* for a hidden surprise (small erasers, mini pencils, tops, small toys, etc)
~ Give something to someone random, give to charity of choice.
~ This coupon good for a trip to the movies, dinner out, movie night at home with popcorn, hot chocolate, computer time.
~ Things to make together: cookies, ginger bread house, play dough, salt dough ornaments

It’s all going to be so fun. I love that when all the pockets are gone, there is a nice little message to look at,

“May all your days be Merry & Bright”

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7 Responses to only 3 days late

  1. kristin says:

    better late than not at all…and i’m sure the boys agree. your gift ideas are great and the calendar, well, it’s fantastic!!! i love the big reveal for the 25th. well done 🙂

  2. linda says:

    What a cute advent calendar! It’s never too late…love that you made one instead of buying the chocolate ones…yikes I better get a move on!

  3. Teresa says:

    What a great idea – and they got to open three on the first day – what fun!

  4. How cute! Great idea! I really like it.

  5. So cute. And I love your new header!

  6. natasha says:

    I love, love the calendar- great idea!

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