This is an easy Christmas craft I had thought about making two months ago. I actually purchased all the supplies at Michael's Arts & Crafts several weeks ago. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to sit down and make this advent calendar craft until two days before December began. Even though you won't be able to countdown for the whole 24 days, you could still countdown the remaining 12 days or 10 days this year and start at the beginning of December next year. That's one of the things I love about this advent calendar, it is completely refillable and reusable!
(24) chalkboard ornaments with clips and twine
(24) 10" pieces of festive ribbon (approximately 3/8" wide)
small candies or toys (to fill the bags)
TIP #1: If you cannot find pre-made chalkboard ornaments like the ones shown, you could easily make your own with chalkboard ornaments, mini clothespins, a roll of twine, and some glue. Likewise, if you cannot find printed burlap bags, you could use rubber stamps to decorate plain ones.
Step 1. Assemble the chalkboard ornaments, whether you purchased kits or are making your own, This includes cutting the twine into (24) 6" segments, threading them through each ornament, and tying them off at the top. Trim off an excess to make the ends short and even.
Step 2. Tie the ribbon around the twine right at the top of the chalkboard ornament. Form a small bow and trim the ends to make them even.
Step 3. Repeat Step 2 for the other 23 ornaments.
Step 4. Use the chalk to number your ornaments from 1 to 24.
TIP #2: The chalkboard ornaments I bought seemed like they had chalkboard paper on them. As a result, it was not easy to erase the chalk, even with a damp paper towel. If this is true for your chalkboard ornaments, I recommend that you use a chalk holder to hold the chalk so you can write more easily without making too many errors. If you're confident enough, you could also use permanent white paint pens to draw the numbers.Step 5. Fill your bags with something fun for your children to find each day. Every year, we include one small piece of candy for each child along with a handful of jigsaw puzzle pieces. (This year, we upgraded to a challenging 400-piece puzzle. It took my husband and I five hours to assemble it before we divided the pieces between the 24 bags.)
We hung our advent ornaments on a garland high up along the rafter that separates our living room from our dining area. You could also hang them on your Christmas tree or make a calendar using a board and 24 nails. If you have other ideas, I'd love to hear them!
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