Tuesday, November 27, 2012

An advent calendar & a free printable...


As a kid, I absolutely loved the excitement of an advent calendar. There was nothing better than the novelty of a chocolate with breakfast! It seems that the whole idea of an advent calendar has really taken on a life of it's own. Time intensive crafting, elaborate packaging and costly gifts seem to be the norm these days (a big jump from the $1.99 chocolate calendar I am accustomed to!).  Although I love the idea of a DIY advent calendar, I don't think I am ready to commit to a small gift everyday for the kiddos but I do love the idea of a handmade advent calendar! After searching blog land, this is what I came up with!


Using a simple graphic program on my computer I designed 24 number circles that would cover the cups of a mini muffin tin. I printed these off on printable magnetic paper and cut out each circle. 




I picked up some of Andrew's favourite treats in the bulk section at the grocery store, placed them in the tin, covered each cup and was finished!


I propped the calendar on a plate stand and set it up in our kitchen. Andrew has no idea what it's for yet, but I know he will be pretty excited to learn about this holiday tradition!


Here is a PDF version of the circles, print one off for yourself!! (printable advent calendar)



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8 comments

  1. LOVE IT LEANNE!!! What a great gift, offering a printable!! LOVE IT!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

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  2. This is so much better than the waxy chocolate you had growing up. I am sure Andrew will love the breakfast goody as much as you did, great job!

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  4. I did my first advent calendar too this year, thought mine was easy, but you made this look even much easier! Thanks for sharing, I'm sure the kids will love it. :-)

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  5. such a cute idea! and how fun for the kids to pop open!

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  6. what a super cool idea, and i love advent calendars!

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  7. This is so great! Thank you for making the printable numbers available! We're making a little present packet for some family who have been down on their luck, and having these numbers to tape to the little advent presents makes it look so so much more fun and pretty! I'm not all that artistic, so without your numbers, I'd probably be just writing the numbers on the gifts with a magic marker. These numbers make all the difference. Thanks again!

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