Advent Calendar – Cheap and easy
Advent is fast approaching and I really wanted to make an advent calendar for my girls this year instead of just buying one. I wanted the true meaning of advent to be firmly entrenched in the process of following an advent calendar. Then I checked online for ideas and I found a few very nice ones, but the problem was that some of them were just a tad too difficult for me to attempt. I like easy. While I love all things DIY, the calendar had to be super do-able and cheap.(Please excuse my photos, I am not a professional)
So I came up with this one as an idea.
Here’s how it works:
Print out the A4 page of Bible verse cards on white semi card-stock paper and cut out the individual cards.
Next, print out the printable small boxes. You will need 24 – 25 of them(depending on which one of the two printable calendars you use). These should preferably be printed on sturdy paper(semi card-stock). It doesn’t have to be very thick card stock paper. You can print it out on white paper if you like and use as is or you can print it on coloured paper.
Alternatively, you can print the boxes on plain and normal thickness paper and paste it onto coloured thick-ish paper and then cut out the box shapes. This might work out cheaper as you will not be using card stock, and the double layers of the two sets of paper will be sturdy enough for a box.
Now, cut out the boxes. Cut along the solid lines and fold on the dotted lined. Use the gluestick to stick the edges.
Then get your small printed Bible verse cards ready. You can use the small cards in one of two ways:
- You can use them as tags on each of the boxes. This will work especially well if you are printing the boxes on plain white paper/card as the cards will be hanging from the outside and serve as a decorative element. Simply punch a hole at the top of each card and use string or twine to tie it to the boxes.
- Alternatively, you can put the cards inside the boxes together with whatever items of your choice(chocolates or small gifts etc). This idea works well if the boxes themselves are printed on colourful paper as the colours of the cards and the colours of the boxes might clash!
Put a small item in each box – chocolates always works well with kids. Or perhaps a small toy. Be creative, you know your kids best.
Next stick the correct numbers of the specific days of Advent on the boxes with gluestick(see printable number 4)
Arrange the boxes in a row on top of a fireplace, a cupboard, table etc. or wherever you like in your home.
And voila! There is your advent calendar. You should have 25 of these little boxes in the end(depending on which calendar you use)
DOWNLOAD THE FILES HERE:
- Advent Calendar 1 – 23 Days 2018 starting 2 Dec 2018
- Regular 25 day Advent Calendar with Bible Verses.
- Box template(thanks to www.templatemaker.nl)
- Numbers to go onto boxes(numbers of advent days)
I chose a very traditional Advent calendar with the traditional Bible readings. You can also light the corresponding traditional Advent candles each week: Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherds, and Angels.
Advent officially starts 4 Sundays before Christmas so this is the format that this particular calendar follows. This year Advent starts on 2 December 2018. I know many people follow a 25-day calendar, so I have made provision for those folks too. There are two sets of printable verse cards available – the choice is yours.
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I hope that you enjoy using this Christian DIY Advent calendar.
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