We had our first mince pies of the season in the office last week, and ALL OF A SUDDEN we felt Christmassy. Just like that. And now it’s merely DAYS until December and we feel like it’s totally fine to start talking about Christmas. Hopefully you agree… You might remember last year we made a Pay-It-Forward Advent Calendar, which went down a treat in the office (except with the people whose envelope contained making a tea round for the whole sales floor!) You can watch our video tutorial for the project here, but we thought we’d share the instructions on the blog for you too. This is a lovely alternative to the commercial advent calendars and best of all, can be re-used year on year – we can’t wait to hang ours up again!
Pay It Forward Advent Calendar
We love a chocolate Advent calendar as much as the next person. But we were thinking, wouldn’t it be good to give something back in the days leading up to Christmas, instead of taking? You can make up your own list of actions. Think about simple gestures such as smiling or holding open a door for someone!
YOU WILL NEED
Templates (download here)
Pencil and pens
Laminating sheets and laminator OR white card stock
Craft pegs or clothes pins
Hot glue gun or strong glue
Assorted scrapbook paper
Assorted card stock
Red ribbon, approx ¼ in (6mm) wide
Single hole punch
1. Download the Advent Calendar Templates PDF and print it out.
2. Photocopy the scallop shape template–you’ll need 25. Write the numbers 1–25 on each one and them laminate and cut out. If you are not going to laminate the numbers, you’ll need to glue them onto a thicker card stock and then cut them out.
3. Ask an adult to help you use a hot glue gun to glue each number onto a craft peg or clothespin. Alternatively use strong glue.
4. Cut out the envelope template. Use a glue stick to stick together pieces of scrapbook paper (we used Christmas themed paper) and colored card stock until you have enough sheets to cut out 25 envelope shapes.
5. Type or write up a list of actions on white paper—stick to simple things that you will be able to achieve, such as “Give someone a hug” or “Bake someone some cookies”. Cut each one out and stick in the center of each envelope, on the card stock side. Fold each of the four flaps in.
6. Use the hole punch to punch a hole on two of the facing round edges. Cut 25 pieces of ribbon, each 12in (30cm) long, thread through the two holes and tie into a bow.
7. Take a long length of baker’s twine and use the number “clips” to attach the envelopes. Your Advent calendar is ready to hang up!
This project is taken from Craft It Up Christmas Around the World by Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong. Happy Craft-mas!