Last year we began the tradition of an Advent Countdown Calendar. I purchased each of my boys a lego countdown. But at $50 a pop I simply couldn’t afford that this year. So I decided to DIY my own!
- Design Inspiration: When I saw this calendar on Pinterest, I knew I had the base for my Advent Calendar.
- Color Inspiration: I went with colors from my stash of Christmas papers. Love finding ways to use up old product!
I purchased a package of 100 white favor boxes from Michaels with a 50% off coupon. Since I’m making two calendars I needed 50 boxes. Which means I’ll have enough to make Advent calendars next year too! Bonus! Folding the boxes definitely took the bulk of the time for this project.
Then I punched a bunch of 2 inch scalloped circles out of leftover Christmas papers. I also punched some 1 inch white circles to stamp the numbers onto.
I alternated colors of paper and colors of ink. No rhyme or reason just tried not to use the same color ink as the paper it was on. Then I attached the numbers to the top of the boxes and stuck the boxes onto a piece of foam core.
Next it was time to add the title to the top of the calendar. I always like to start from the center of the phrase and work my way out. Helps keep everything centered on the project.
A little bit of washi tape (you knew I couldn’t create something without washi tape, right???) and the calendar was ready to be stuffed!
I divided the directions into 25 steps then added the pieces and directions for each step into a little baggie.
I made sure to write the day number onto the baggie so I wouldn’t forget where it went. Normally my son would spend several hours putting together a set of legos like this. But this way we will spread the steps across the entire month of December and have a completed project to play with on Christmas day. An extra bonus is that the steps won’t take too long each morning leaving plenty of time for little things like getting ready for school! Love that too!
Done in plenty of time for the first of December…except for the fact that I have to make one more… And while the lego set cost about $17 the rest of the supplies were under $5 (per calendar) which is WAY better than spending $50 for something that isn’t even a wrapped Christmas present under the tree! Yay for saving money!
Does your family participate in an Advent Countdown? How do you do it?
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