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The one Christmas craft you have to make before the end of November

Chelsea Mohrman is the blogger and creative behind Farm Fresh Therapy where she creates and captures adventures in the Midwest. Her passions include budget friendly DIY projects, home décor and improvement, and rummaging flea markets in...

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Use a variety of card stock and patterned paper to make your own envelopes for this inspirational Advent calendar. Slip words of excitement and inspiration into the envelopes when finished and read one each day starting Dec. 1.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Supplies:

  • Card stock and patterned paper
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Numbered stickers
  • Double-sided sticky tape or glue
  • Mini clothes pins
  • 1 regular envelope (or more if you want to have different sizes in your project)
  • Stamps or holiday stickers to dress up envelopes as desired

Instructions:

Step 1.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Disassemble an envelope and lay it on a piece of paper. Trace around the envelope.

Step 2.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Cut out the trace of the envelope and start to fold at the corner tabs like the original envelope was folded.

Step 3.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Fold the 2 sides of the envelope in and the bottom up over the 2 sides. Use glue or double-sided sticky tape (the latter will be quicker) to attach the bottom flap to the 2 side flaps.

Step 4.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Make 25 envelopes for the 25 days of Advent in various sizes and patterns.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Dress up the envelopes using stamps, pieces of washi tape, cutouts or holiday stickers to add a little extra to your envelopes.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

We used some premade envelopes mixed with our own handmade ones.

Step 5.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Once your envelopes are complete, tie up twine and use the mini clothes pins to attach them to the twine. When you have them in the order that you would like, number each envelope 1-25 with the stickers. Gather your inspirational print outs and stick one in each envelope. Open one each day starting Dec. 1 to get in the holiday spirit and count down the days until Christmas.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Quotes, song lyrics, mini cartoons, photos, riddles and memories of past holiday gatherings are just a few examples of fun things to print out and stick inside the envelopes.

Don't let December begin before you've made this DIY Advent calendar

Happy celebrating and let the countdown begin!

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