I wanted to make an Advent Calendar last year, but I never got around to it. My goal this year was to make one before the first of December. After working on it for 3 days, I finally finished my project. I might make a new one next year, but I think this will work well enough this year.
An Advent Calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Most of these calendars come with pockets or windows -- one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. One is opened every day during Advent. In many of these calendars, each window opens to reveal an image, a poem, or a portion of a story such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus. More elaborate Advent calendars have a small gift concealed in each window, such as a toy or a chocolate item.
I have seen a lot of Advent Calendars that's filled with chocolate for each day leading up to Christmas. These Calendars are made of cardboard and they are very reasonably priced. I wanted an Advent Calendar for my kids, but not something that's filled with chocolate or candy. I have looked into Advent Calendars that I could use to fill the pockets myself, but they were either too pricey or they did not really meet my needs. I finally decided to make one this year.
It took me 3 days to finish this project. It will probably be faster for you. Between taking care of the kids and cleaning the house, I only worked on the project when I had time (which was only a couple of hours every day). I was able to complete this project for under $20.
You will need:
* Canvas board (I used one that was 15 x 30, I bought this when it as 50% off at Joann's).
* 1/2 yard of fabric to use on the canvas board
* 1/4 yard of contrasting fabric
* 1/4 yard of felt
* Staple gun
* E6000 glue
I started with a plain white canvas board.
I will be working on my activity list tonight in order to make sure that our activity list is ready on the First of December. I sure hope that our kids will love our new family tradition of daily fun activities leading up to Christmas.