11.24.2019

Christmas DIY Advent Calendar.




I love doing this for my boys every year, it just brings an extra touch of magic and for kids paces out the lonnnng month of December with lots of entertain/fun. 


Each envelope has a note inside with an idea or message. It also can give the Elf a daily task and hopefully gives the kids a bit of the real meaning of Christmas especially the ones like donating to the food shelter. It's so easy to do too. 

You will need:



I got the following from Poundland and the numbers from Hobbycraft.

24 envelopes.
24 pegs.
String or ribbon.
Drawing pins.
Tape measure can help.
Stickers optional.
Use of a printer - If you don't have great handwriting like me.
A place to hang them.

Tip - if you don't have a space to put them what about tying the string long ways to a decorated coat hanger and it can be hung on the front of a door for minimal space.





1. Label the envelopes 1- 24. I much prefer the sticker numbers - I find online best or you can write the numbers on. I also like to put a few Christmas stickers or decoration's on them. 

2. Pick how many lines of ribbon you want. I like 3 with 8 envelopes on each. Measure them out and pin them on the wall.

TIP: Start with the top line first and hang the envelopes even if they are not ready as it will give you a better idea. The string will look totally different with the envelopes on and hang lower. Then you can add the next line and so on. These aren't measured evenly I just did it by eye and what looked best. 


3. Pick 24 tasks of your choice. Here are some examples of the ones I use. Either write them out or print them off and cut out.

4. Get out your diary out and decide which day will suit what. I always do the first day as "Toy donation" and the last day as Polar Express Breakfast. I then fill the gaps and co-ordinate our Pantomime tickets or whoever has their School Christmas party that day. Then fill each envelope with a note.

Tip: Make a note of which one you have put in each envelope though so you know what's happening. The first year I didn't and had to open them panicked at 11pm one night. 

NOTE - IF YOU ARE IN A BLENDED FAMILY LIKE US AND YOUR KIDS ARE AWAY FOR A NIGHT OR WEEKEND IT'S TRICKY BUT I JUST PUT THE REALLY FUN THINGS ON NIGHT'S I KNOW WE ARE ALL TOGETHER. ON THE DAY THEY ARE NOT HERE, IT'S JUST THE BOYS OR THE GIRLS I TRY TO PICK SOMETHING THEY WOULD LIKE OR SIMPLY PUT A NICE MESSAGE IN LIKE "MAKE A WISH FOR SOMEONE" THEN NO ONE FEELS LEFT OUT. 
  

MESSAGE IDEAS

Could just copy, paste, personalise and print mine below.  


Let's donate some toys we don't play with anymore to other kids.



Lets PUT UP the Christmas Tree and decorate the house. 


We better write letters to Santa Claus and send them to the north pole.


Today lets write out our Christmas Cards.


Lets Make Paper Chains.


Tonight lets have a Christmas party tea with friends, Why not!


Let’s string popcorn and watch Christmas movies.


Today we are going to make Salt Dough Decorations.


Lets make Fudge for our lovely neighbours and give it out.


Today we are going to the Food Bank with some goodies for people with less than us.


Lets do some Christmas crafts.


Tonight is Board Game Night.


Today we are going to donate to the Cat and dog shelter with some treats.


Today lets see Santa Claus!


Lets Make Paper Snowflakes.


Today we are decorating Ginger Bread House’s.


Tonight we are going to a Panto night.


We are going Ice Skating.


Let's make your teacher a card.


Send a Christmas wish/or Kindness to someone.


Today we are doing some Christmas Baking.


XXXX it is your Christmas Party!


It is your School Christmas Lunch today!


Today is the Last Day of School for 2 whole weeks!


Tonight we are going to drive around and see all the Christmas Lights.


Santa is on his way lets have board the Polar Express for Breakfast.


This is how I set a few up like last year. Ginger bread house and Christmas Party Tea.






5. Peg the envelopes up either in order or random order. Tah Dah!

In addition to this I always add our Elf Bertie and 24 books, one to read each night. 





I am always looking for new ideas/tasks to put inside so please comment yours below. 

Merry Christmas and Enjoy! 


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