diy advent calendar & free printable

Happy Saturday, Lovelies!  I’m here bringing you a little bonus weekend DIY.  You all know what an advent calendar is, right?  I remember, when we were little, having the ones where you pop open the perforated doors and there was a picture or a piece of candy waiting behind them.  This year, I decided to make one for my niece, who is getting smarter and smarter, and likes to discover new things.

I decided to go simple, and have each day of the calendar tell a small part of the story of the nativity — the real reason we celebrate Christmas.  Along with that, my niece loves stickers, so for each day, I included a little number sticker for her to play with and maybe get used to what some numbers look like!  And finally, I had to mail this bad boy across the country, so I decided to keep the materials flat and easily collapsible.  Here’s how all of that came together.

All the printables that you’ll need are right here for you to download.  Other materials in the project are as follows:

  • 24 clothespins
  • ModPodge
  • glitter
  • twine
  • business card-sized envelopes (I used some tiny glassine ones)
  • number stickers
  • wax paper
  • cardstock
  • printer
  • scissors
  • Scotch tape

Then just cut a length of twine long enough to allow for all of the envelopes to be clipped together, pop all of the clothespins on, and hang it on a wall!  Be sure to keep all corresponding numbers together and in order, and you should be good to go.  A nice, sparkly way to carry you right into Christmas.  Happy holidays!  xoxo


16 comments

  1. Bekka on said:

    This is so cute!
    Sidenote: My friend Mike designed the typeface in your header that you used for “Lovely Indeed.”

    • Ahhh! That’s amazing? The Deming one, or the CK Alis? I love them both. :)

      • Bekka on said:

        He did Deming!

  2. Elaine on said:

    I am so proud and grateful that you did this blog about the real meaning of Christmas. THANK YOU. <3 <3 <3

  3. Lissie on said:

    Really great . . . you are good !

  4. Rebekah on said:

    Incredibly adorable, creative, and oh-so-perfect for holiday crafting. You’re amazing.

  5. This is cute, simple but sparkly. How perfect! What a lovely, meaningful idea :) Thanks for sharing it. I love it and I’m pinning it NOW :)

  6. alysha on said:

    Thank you so much for this. I would love to print it out in it’s entirety however, every time I print it out I can’t print the whole document. For some reason only about half the squares print and the others come out as black squares. Any suggestions?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Alysha! I’m not sure what might be happening there — I checked the documents and they seem to be fine for me. I would say first be sure that you’re actually downloading it and not printing it from the web page. Then, print from Preview and just make sure that all of your print settings are correct. It should be scaled to 100%; no more, or it may cause print irregularities. Hope that helps!

  7. thanks so much for this post (yes, still finding it 2 years later!) I was looking for a great, simple and kid friendly Christmas story write- up and yours wins!! Thanks again. Happy holidays :)

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