Simple DIY Advent Calendar
I love to make advent calendars for my children every year. Sometimes I create four individual ones and sometimes one big one. This year I've opted for creating one out of boxes that are big enough to hold four little treats in each box and I'm delighted with the result.
The boxes are made from empty smoothie boxes that I've been saving for a few weeks! I simply turned them inside out and glued them back together. I love the simplicity of the brown boxes and I have added some washi tape to each box both as decoration and to give them a little bit more stick! I then added some shiny dot stickers that I found in WHSmith. For box 24 I have used a bigger box for something a little bit more special for Christmas Eve.
This year I wanted to combine little gifts with a cute activity to do together each day. I fell in love with the activity calendar idea when I saw it on Babyccino and I downloaded their activities and chose the ones that I knew we could do. It took a little bit of time to make sure that the right ones went on the right days and some co-ordination with the children's lovely nanny who will be doing four of the activities with them! I am so excited about the activities and it will be a really sweet way to spread our festive activities nicely through the month.
For the gifts I have done half chocolates and half little toys. I love the challenge of finding sweet little treasures for advent calendars!
I have put the activities into little envelopes, which I have hole-punched to thread a little bit of shiny twine through and then attached them to the boxes. I found the sweet number sticks in Hema but before I saw the stickers I had planned to just write the numbers on the envelopes with a pretty pen.
I hope this inspires you to make your own Advent Calendar too. Next week I will share the one I'm making for Stef and the ones that I make with the children to send to the Grandparents. You can never have enough Advent Calendars! xo