DIY Advent Calendar

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My kids love advent calendars! I can’t say I blame them. Waking up and getting chocolate first thing in the morning every day for 24 days is a pretty good deal.

There is just one problem. I can’t stand having them on the counter every day so I put them in a drawer. After a week or so the advent calendars are forgotten about and are usually not discovered again until mid January.

In an effort to keep the counter uncluttered and keep the kids plied with candy I decided to make my own advent pouches that can hang on the kid’s tree.

Yes the kids have their own tree. This way they can hang up all their ornaments in whatever crazy way they want and I won’t be wincing or developing chest pains watching them decorate the big tree. It’s a win/ win for all.

These pouches could not be any easier. All you need is some felt, scissors, hot glue, stencils, paint and some string.

I used pinking shears to cut strips of felt 2 inches wide by 4 inches in length.

Run a strip of hot glue on each side of the strip. Don’t go all the way to the top. You need to leave a bit of room for the string. Fold in half.

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The paint and stencils I used are from Martha Stewart and are available at Michaels.

I used gold paint for an extra festive look but you can use whatever colour you like.

Stencil on your numbers and let dry for a few minutes.

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Fold back the top of the pouch and hot glue your string in place. I used Jute twine because it is what I had on hand. I cut the string into 2 inch pieces.

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I filled the pouches with Hershey Kisses, tootsie rolls and caramels. The kids are already so excited to open them and I know they won’t get forgotten about after a few days.

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