I grew up with my mom making an Advent calendar for us to use each year to celebrate the Christmas season. She made one for my own family to use and my children have always looked forward to the excitement of our Advent calendar. With my “baby” away at college, I wanted to make an Advent calendar for her to celebrate the Christmas season while she’s at college. Unfortunately, thanks to my gut-wrenching surgery, I’m a bit behind on my Christmas and holiday plans. This easy homemade Advent calendar solved my dilemma using items I already had in my home.
Last year I sent my “baby” and her roommates a DIY Advent Calendar from recycled yogurt cups. I wanted to something similar this year, but something much quicker and easier to make.
Have you ever had that light bulb moment when two projects morph into a new project in your imagination? I had already been thinking about how I could use this easy envelope gift bag idea to make an Advent calendar. Then I saw this DIY hand lettered gift tag idea and Bing! I knew how’d I’d make an easy homemade Advent calendar for my “baby” this year.
Envelopes – I used extra-large envelopes that I had picked up years ago.
Permanent Marker – I had these markers in pretty colors, but you could use a simple black pen for a more striking look.
Simply write your word across the front of the envelope. Follow this simple tutorial from One Artsy Mama to learn how to create “pretty” words.
With just a little practice, you’ll find it’s easy and even relaxing to make your way through 25 envelopes. You can see the improvement in my writing technique from my first envelope (the green one) to my later ones. These graphic words make such an impact on the envelope.
I chose words that relate to the Christmas season and wrote them in three bright, cheerful colors.
I numbered each envelope, one for each day of December until Christmas.
It took about 20 minutes to create 25 Advent calendar envelopes. It’s simple to slip small gifts or notes into each envelope.
Easy Homemade Advent Calendar
This easy envelope Advent calendar is simple to send to my “baby” at college. Once she opens each envelope, she can recycle the envelope leaving her with nothing she would have to store for next year or send back home.
If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make your own easy homemade Advent calendar. How do you celebrate the Advent season?
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.