For the third year in a row, I’ve made my kids an advent calendar. I didn’t start out to make this a tradition, but rather, I wanted to make my son a Lego calendar that didn’t cost a fortune. Now, it’s become a fun thing. And this year, I’m not working on it November 30th at 9 p.m.! Yay!
The first year, I made the calendars using mini muffin pans.
Last year, I saw a method where you make punch out cups for each day. This was a disaster. It all came apart!
This year, I tried something I saw in the latest Family Fun magazine. (Have I mentioned I love this magazine? Oh yeah, I have.)
So for this concept, you make 24 small tubes of paper and number them. Then you tape the bottom closed. Insert your goodie, and tape the top closed going in the opposite direction of the bottom. It’s really that simple.
I used some of the scrapbook paper I had on hand (I cut 8 tubes out of one 12 x 12 inch page) and my fun tape.
For filler, I used two kinds of chocolate, gold coins and snowmen heads, as well as micro machine cars (from my husband’s childhood stash), chapstick and a candy bracelet to top off the last day.
This was a project that I would be open to doing again, unlike last year’s. It took a little bit of time (because I had to make two sets), but nothing had to be perfect or precise. I could certainly watch a show as I was making these. I’d recommend it!
We’ll see what the kids think of them.
(These could certainly be fun for other small gifts, such as party goodie bags.)
My designer takeaway: Keep your eyes open for new ideas, even when you think you’re going back to the old way of doing things.