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In the Pocket Advent Calendar

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We love how every day of this In the Pocket Advent Calendar is represented by a cute little envelope, don't you? This is one of our favorite advent calendar craft ideas because there are so many ways you can change it up with different dies! Create your own homemade advent calendar using this project from Lifestyle Crafts as a colorful inspiration!
 

A Colorful Countdown to Christmas
 

Materials:

  • Die Cut machine
  • Variety of dies (see what we used below)
  • Adhesive
  • Cardboard or hard backing
  • Ribbon

 

Instructions:

  1. Use the Coin Envelope die for the pockets and embellish each day with 'Be Splendid' dies!
     
  2. The number labels are made with Nesting Eyelet Circles, Nesting Circles, and the Tiki Alphabet.
     
  3. Inside each pocket is a Christmas activity for the family.  Use the Nesting Frame 2 die to make these. They fit perfectly inside the Coin Envelope die.

    A Countdown to Christmas
     

EXAMPLES:

  1. Day 12 is beautifully made with the Poinsettia die. All of the colors work so wonderfully together!

    A Countdown to Christmas
     
  2. Day 13 is adorned with the Santa Silhouette 2x2 die.

    A Countdown to Christmas
     
  3. Day 24 is made with the reindeer portion of the Sleigh + Reindeer die.

    A Countdown to Christmas

 

Here's our list of activites...but feel free to make your own! 

  • Make Christmas treats and take some to a neighbor
  • Bake gingerbread cookies. Be sure to make extra for family and friends
  • Make a kid-friendly Christmas craft
  • Make hand print ball ornaments, label them and put the year
  • Make paper snowflakes for the windows
  • Build a gingerbread house
  • Put up indoor Christmas decorations
  • Put up the Christmas lights on the house
  • Make homemade ornaments
  • Make scented pinecones
  • Go sledding
  • Buy a Christmas gift for a needy family
  • Build a snowman
  • Clean out old toys and clothes to donate
  • Do a family service project
  • Visit grandparents
  • Go shopping, have the kids buy gifts for their friends, come home and wrap!
  • Go ice skating
  • See the Christmas lights at the park
  • Drive around the neighborhood together and look at Christmas lights
  • Take food to the local food pantry or homeless shelter
  • Read the Christmas story from the Bible
  • Pop popcorn and watch a Christmas movie together
  • Make homemade fudge

 

 

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