|my hand-painted advent calendar
The boxes are small, a little over an inch square, so it's kind of tricky finding things that will fit. I had a great time searching Pinterest for ideas. Some of my favorites:
* Krista's Christmas Countdown ActivitiesAll of these blogs have free printables, (and several have links to their Etsy stores). But one of my favorite pins - a nicely written compilation of the nativity story - didn't link to a current site. So I decided to make my own version - a set of little "books", and while I was at it, I decided to make a separate set for Clement Clarke Moore's, The Night Before Christmas.
* Coffee Cups & Crayon's Random Acts of Kindness calendar.
* Idealist Mom - lots of ideas for fun little activities and do it yourself advent calendars.
And in the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would share.
I saved the designs in three separate PDF files:
If you'd like the original Illustrator files so you can do your own editing, let me know and I'll send you a link.
I then trimmed the pages into separate strips
Trimming the pages into separate strips
Then folded the strips into thirds, making sure my first fold fell between the two text blocks, and my second between the text block and the little number (the numbers help me keep the finished books in their proper sequence).
|Folding the strip into thirds
|Marking the left edge so I can trim it away.
|accordion folding the first two sections
|Wrap the cover around the other 'pages' and glue in place
|Finished 'books'. I used a gold marker to cover any white showing on the covers
I also put together a couple of pages for my Cricut Cutter.
|Want to play with this design? Here's the link
|Here's a link for a full page of ornament-style tags.
I try to fit as much onto each page as possible. The chinese-lantern shaped ornaments should be free, whether or not you have a Cricut Access subscription. The rest might cost something to cut if you don't already have a subscription. (I renewed my subscription for the holidays, and will cancel in January, because it's really nice to be able to use the stock designs for faster holiday crafting. I designed the page layouts for 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock (I used white index paper from Office Depot).
Notice the text in the first file? It's really fun watching the machine write. In this case, I used Faber-Castell Pitt Fine Art pens in black and sepia. They fit perfectly in the machine.
|Cricut 'drawing' Christmas designs on paper
|Decorated ornament tags
Last night we opened the first box - it had the start of the Nativity story, and a question ornament "What is your favorite Holiday tradition?". That started a fun conversation about Christmases past.
And I'll finish this post with two questions. Do you do any crazy holiday crafting - what sort? What's your favorite holiday tradition?