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Make a Simple Advent Calendar

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I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but making an Advent Calendar for my family has been on my to do list for the last 5 or 6 years!  Every year I plan to make one, but I simply run out of time and it just gets to close to Christmas, so I scrap the project until next year.  I know I could have just gone out and bought one, but I didn’t want to do that.  I wanted to make an Advent Calendar, not buy one…

This year, I finally got it done and it could not have been any easier!  (And if you are like me and have a collection of washi tape that you don’t know what to do with, this is a great project for that!)


Make an Easy Advent Calendar using clothespins and washi tape. #advent #washitape #craft


Materials Needed to Make this Advent Calendar  

(Making this advent calendar is about as simple as it gets.)  

If you don’t have a picture frame to use, a foam board is a good alternative, as long as you have a place to store it away where it won’t get bent.

First apply the washi tape to the clothespins.  If you find you’re having trouble getting the edges of the washi tape to stick to the clothespins, run a nail file (or fine grit sandpaper) along the edges of the clothespin.  This will easily remove any excess washi tape and seal the edges.

The frame I used came from Ikea.  Now that it is done, I kind of feel like the frame was a little on the small side. (It is 11 x 15 –  If I were to make this again, I would probably get the next size up. To fit all 4 rows of bags, I needed to fold them in half.)

Decide how many rows you will need, based on the size of your frame.  Cut the appropriate length of string and lay out your rows with the clothes pins to determine the spacing.  Use a pencil to mark the placement of the string.  Hot glue the edges of the string to the back of the frame, making sure there is no slack.

Add the number stamps (or stickers) to your treat bags and hang them on the string…  That’s it!  Just don’t forget to fill your treat bags with goodies or notes!

The treat bags are small, so I plan to jot down the treat or activity of the day on a little note.  I still haven’t added notes to my bags yet, I need to sit down and brainstorm a few ideas. I’m not big on candy, but the kids are, so I will add do just a few sweet treats (maybe a couple of candies and some special desserts or snacks, like hot chocolate or pudding.)  I’ll add in a few special activities like roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire pit, game night, baking cookies, reading special stories about the holiday, etc…

washi tape craft ideas

I definitely need more ideas, I would love it if you could take a moment and share a few of your favorite activities or ideas in the comments!

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  1. How about a name of a Christmas carol to sing? Or a decoration to hang on a tree? Or a favourite memory of Christmas? Happy Holidays Jamie, and thanks for all your wonderful ideas this year

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Thanks, love those ideas!

  2. mickeydownunder says:

    G'day Gr8 idea!
    All blog comments appreciated and sharing is caring today!
    Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List #SayGdayParty pinned

  3. Grace The Big Reveal says:

    What a great idea. I'm with Avery Street Design and I hope you will share it tonight at the Found & Foraged Linky Party! The party starts at 8PM CST! Hope to see you there http://www.thebigrevealblog.com

  4. Kimberly Lewis says:

    Hello cute lady! Love this. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn't be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. daily diy says:

    Love this idea! So simple and so adorable. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  6. avery street design says:

    This is really cute. What a great idea and thanks for the tip about sanding the edges of the clothespins! Genius! I'd love for you to stop by our "Found & Foraged" link party on Saturdays at 8 pm. You can find it at http://www.averystreetdesign.com. Hope to see you!! xo, Laura

  7. FoodtasticMom says:

    Very cute. I love how colorful it is. Pinned!

  8. Heather Grow says:

    Love this idea. Thanks for sharing on the Frugal Crafty Home link party.

  9. Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂