Advent Calender, 2018

Every year to start the Advent season, we always bought the chocolate advent calender. Everybody got one. This year, with our family that would have been 7! We don’t buy the cheap ones. The chocolate is not very good. So we opted for the more pricy ones. $10.00-$12.00 each. That adds up! And the waste!! Wrapping on each calender and the trays holding the chocolate.

This year is different! Me and Alaina got together and came up with some ideas to make our own. I thought at first I would make a calender for everybody, but it does take a lot of space to Store 7 calenders. So one big one it is.

To start, a large piece of cardboard. I need it big enough to house the envelopes which will contain the treats.

Here, Alaina is spreading our homemade glue on the board and I will stick some colourful sheets of construction paper to it, also covered with glue.

Ta-da!! Now to let it dry overnight. The board did end up curling on the bottom, so I would recommend setting something heavy on the corners to keep it flat. I stored mine in the laundry room, on top of a picture frame and balanced on a shower curtain rod. Haha!! Up out of reach of little hands!!

Daniel wanted to come and help me and Alaina! No problem!! We folded some scrapbook card stock in half, 8″ x 8″ sheets.

I cut off about 3 inches and was left with a folded 4″ x 5″ card.

On one half I cut about an inch so it will fold down to seal the card as shown.

Next, homemade glue was painted on the edges. I really wanted to see it together. It would allow for more pocket space as the glue needed more space taken to a cheat properly. But I was not able to borrow a sewing machine. My fault, as I left it to the last minute.

After they were glued, one by one I stuck them in a big book for pressure to help them dry and seal. I stacked something heavy on top of the book as well to add the extra pressure.

They sat overnight, and about 6 of them did not seal all the way. I just re-applied some glue and let them dry a little longer.

Together me and Alaina hooked the cards to the board with metal fasteners. My go to was to use a glue gun and clothes pins, but I had no glue. So instead, went with this more friendly option. It worked so well!!

Alaina decorated the board with some felt stickers I had on hand for scrapbooking. Better to use them than let them go to waste.

When the card is taken off the board, underneath is a verse from the Bible (kind of like using a Jesse Tree). We read the verse when we have the treat. Each card has 7 treats.

This is the link to the Bible verses I am using behind each envelope.

Me and Chris decided (mostly Chris) that we would add treats to the cards a little at a time so they don’t get stale.

Since there are 5 columns and 5 kids, they get to open one to share every 5 days.

We went with 25 days on our advent calendar, as Jack’s Birthday is on Christmas!!!! Also, 25 cards worked out so well on the board.

Plans for next year include festive cloth and making sacks to hold the treats. Just did not have the time or material this time round. Also, I probably should have chosen a white background. Would probably look nicer! But oh well! Lots of colour!!

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