Our Homemade Advent Calendar

This year, I really, reallllly wanted an Advent calendar. I had my eyes on this one from Pottery Barn, but Mr. Shipper wasn’t super stoked about the price so I turned to trusty Pinterest for some DIY inspiration.

I decided to make our calendar out of envelopes that I could fill with cards with that day’s thought/verse/inspiration and then string along the wall since we already have a chalkboard wall in our in living room where we could hang them.

I found natural paper envelopes and cards at our local craft store, along with glittery snowflake stickers, a white paint pen, and a few Advent gifts.

One of my main criticisms of other Advent plans for young children that I’ve found on the internet is that they are so un-childlike. So I decided to come up with my own.

I remember hearing the Christmas story as a kid and just not getting it. It felt so removed from me. From my life. So, for my kids’ Advent calendar, I chose to do something a little different. Each day for 23 days, we will talk about simple truths about God and how they apply to them. On Christmas Eve, we will read the nativity story and set up a children’s nativity set that I have for them. My hope is that they will find a deeper connection to the story of Jesus and his birth after almost a month of learning about who he is and what he did for them.

I have small trinkets, crafts, and treats for them to go along with each day’s card, just to keep their attention and excitement. I also included poems, songs, and activities, such as a brownie recipe that we can make together and give away.

I’m excited with how the calendar turned out. I used this font as inspiration for my calendar. I’ve never free-handed a font before, but I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out.

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For day one, the kids will learn how God made them special, then get the chance to decorate an initial ornament for the tree!
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On this day, we will talk about the history of the candy cane and learn about shepherds!
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Lots of chocolate is involved.

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Do you do an Advent calendar? Do you make yours or did you buy one to use year after year? I would still like to purchase one in years to come to have as a family keepsake, but for now, I’m happy with how this one turned out and I’m excited to get started!

2 thoughts on “Our Homemade Advent Calendar

  1. I think I came across your blog through instagram, maybe through mutual friends at flex? It seems we are in similar seasons of life and I relate so much to most of of your posts.

    I love this advent idea. I’m keeping it locked away for next year 😊

    1. Hi Ali! I’m so glad to “meet” you and to hear that you can relate to a few things that I share. We probably do know some of the same people through Flex! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment and say hi :-).

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