I have a knack for doing things last-minute, but running full throttle with the idea in my head anyway, pouring my heart into every inch and loving the result. This time? The result is this adorable, with a slight vintage feel (to match other items I'm using in my decor this year), Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar.
And what good is a fun, DIY project without involving energetic little ones in the cutting, gluing and glittering process? For our homemade Advent Calendar, we used small brown paper bags from Michaels... the cheapest I could find. I designed the numbers (and made them available as a free download here) and printed on cardstock, then used my 2" scalloped punch to cut them out and Aliyah glued them to the front of the bags.
Later, after their energy had lost it's luster and they fell sleepily into their beds, I stuffed each bag with a little treat, some days received candy or stickers with others snagged notes with fun instructions like Dance with the family to a Christmas song before bed. After folding down the top, I punched a hole to attach red ribbon and a little bell that my girl had thoroughly glittered... and tied the festive gifts to a red and white bakers twine strung across our living room mirror.
Since I already had many of the items laying around the house, this cost of this project was just a few dollars, but it has already added to our holiday splendor many times over. No matter how you celebrate it, enjoy this month's countdown to Christmas... we're in the home stretch!