Monday, 5 November 2012

9 Beautiful Advent Calendars To Inspire You...

If you have been reading my blog for the past few years, you know that I am all about doing the planning & work of Christmas in November....the crafts, the baking, the shopping, the wrapping, etc....and leaving December for enjoying Christmas.
That means starting this week, I am busy making plans & preparations for our Christmas celebrations and assigning myself tasks and jobs for each week in November.
{I will be sharing MORE on that this week!}
On my list to try this year is some kind of homemade advent calendar, and as I was admiring the pins on my "Advent Calendar" board on Pinterest, I thought I would share with you my favourites.
1. The first absolutely adorable calendar is this bright & happy red calendar from Lucy at Craftberry Bush. She covered paper cups and then adorned them with numbers and bright tissue paper. This advent is perfect for children and is very 'suessical' in colour.
2. This advent calendar is made with white envelopes decorated with numbers and a simple silver star. Inside each envelope is a small piece of chocolate, a suggestion for a family activity and a scripture reading. Perfectly lovely!

3. This next calendar is so really must go over to visit the blog to see it, but it is a advent calendar made with Chinese takeout boxes and brilliantly styled into a diorama in a bookcase.

4. Little brown paper packages is the theme behind this next advent calendar, with the little packages hung from a string with decorated clothespins. So pretty and a delight for the eyes!
5. How can you not love this reindeer paper cup calendar? This is so perfect for small children who's small fingers still find opening packages a little tricky!
6. This next calendar is a project that requires a little uses little sacks and involves using iron-on transfers on the bags. The post includes a free printable for the numbers.
7. And here is another fantastic calendar made with 3x3 inch small boxes and a free printable for the numbers.
8. Here is a very different box style advent calendar with different size boxes and brightly coloured wrappings piled onto cake plates.  So sweet and simple!
9. The last calendar is a book style advent calendar which is a wonderful idea for children.
Each day consists of a wrapped Christmas book which the children can unwrap and then read together. You can use a combination of books from an at-home library, newly purchased books or library books. I would definitely be doing this one if my kids were younger!

Are you making an advent calendar for your family this year?
Have any of these ideas inspired you?
Please do tell...inquiring mind want to know!

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