I want to show you a (not so) little advent calendar I put together yesterday afternoon. I've been preparing for it for weeks, busily collecting small toys and ideas...I was so excited to put it all together finally!
When I took this picture of the books I thrifted last week (b1g1free...my kids LOVE Jan Brett and I got 5 of her books that we did not have) I was having so much fun:
After about an hour, when I was at this point:
For each package, I sewed the 2 open sides, slipped the treat in, and then sewed each one closed:
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Finally at 3:19 I finished sewing the last package closed. Ah, 10 minutes to relax before the kids get home. :)
It ended up being more work than I originally anticipated (of course) but I am so happy it's done and think they are going to love it. (the potato polka dots were cute but unnecessary!) I tried for a nice mix of family activities, art activities, books, treats and little toys. I think I spent around $25 for all of it, using paper, stamps, potatoes and thread that I had at home. I plan on displaying all of them in a wicker basket and they can pick out the correct one each morning.
I love sewing on paper and find it a lot easier than wrapping 24 items. I used mini paper bags one year and that was pretty darn easy, too. I just knew I wanted Christmas-y books this year and those don't fit in a mini paper bag.
Next time I will skip the polka dots and not try to do it all in one sitting. I'm so glad I did it, though. And that I don't have to do it again for another year. :)