You might recall the previous advent calendar I made. If not, check it out here. I sewed up little felt envelopes and clipped them to a ribbon with mini clothespins. It was cute but there were some flaws in my design. For one it is too small for more than one child. Sometimes I don't have the energy to do an activity so I wanted the option to put candy or small toys in the envelopes. Unfortunately the envelopes were too small for more than one candy/toy and I now have three kids. Then the clothespins all broke so I needed to come up with something new.
Here's what I came up with.
I bought the drawstring bags from Etsy and 25 yards of gingham ribbon from Ebay. The numbers are written on with a black fabric marker that I picked up at the fabric shop for a buck.
We do 31 days because I don't like the anticlimax after gift opening on Christmas Day. I want the season to be about more than presents and extending the holiday until the 31st with the advent calendar helps with this.
As for activities we have a bunch of cards printed out with a picture and description of what to do. Things like; build a snowman, decorate sugar cookies, make Christmas crackers etc. Some are dependent on snow so we just switch those out for something else if the weather isn't cooperating. It's a lot of fun and we look forward to it every year.
What's in your advent calendar?