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{DIY advent calendar}

{advent calendar}
It hit me today: Tomorrow is already the first of December!!
I have been planning on making an Advent Calendar for a while now, but forgot all about it until this morning.. Ooops!
So, I quickly went shopping for supplies and assembled this year's Advent Calendar this morning.
A little side note: In Germany, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December. That's why there are only 24 little bags in our calendar.
{advent calendar}
What you'll need:
  • white paper bags
  • old book pages
  • clothes pins
  • crazy scissors
  • glue stick
  • decorative stars
  • a printer
  • enough candy and chocolate for 24 (or 25, if you're in the US) bags
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How to:
  • print "Merry Christmas" written in different languages on paper bags.
  • cut the top of the bags with crazy scissors.
  • fold the top down about 1 inch.
  • print numbers on old book pages and tear the pages into squares around the numbers.
  • glue the numbered squares on the paper bags.
  • attach the little golden star.
  • fill the bags with yummy goodies.
  • hang the finished bags on a string between two nails.
{advent calendar}
I know this is a little short notice, but maybe this inspires you to make an Advent Calendar this year. :)
{advent calendar} 

I'm partying here

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35 Comments

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    tousled day
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 06:09 PM

    This is soooo beautifull!!!

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    aimee
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 06:10 PM

    it looks great, i love the way you have done it xxx

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    kendascrafts
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 06:14 PM

    so simple and fun! love it!

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    Gabi
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 06:30 PM

    …so total schööön !
    Liebe Grüße
    Gabi

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    Desiree @ The 36th Avenue
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 08:27 PM

    Vanessa, this is great! I hope you share it tonight on my party! How was Texas? It is good to have you back!

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    Miss Pixie
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 09:22 PM

    That is so simple but it looks so pretty! :)

    Katy
    x

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    Gwen @ The Bold Abode
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 09:44 PM

    That's my kinda project! Last minute and so sweet!

    Santa came on Dec. 6 when we living in der Schweiz…Will he be visitin' yall then?

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    Annika
    Wednesday November 30th, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Hello Ferrero Kuesschen, I miss you! :o)

    Your advent calendar looks beautiful, I love the simple design, it looks very stylish.

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    Christine
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Such a magical advent calendar!

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    Chrissy
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 05:16 PM

    This is really beautiful!! I love the advent tradition! :)

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    Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 05:45 PM

    One of the best advents I've seen so far…thanks for sharing. I would be absolutely thrilled if you would link this to my Christmas linky party…going on now…this would be a perfect addition.

    Jessica
    http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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    Lolly Jane
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 06:20 PM

    Love this, Vanessa. So classy!!

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    The Corson Cottage
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 07:53 PM

    So simple and cute! I hope you'll visit The Corson Cottage and share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party every Friday in December. Carrie

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    Jess@Balancing The Dream
    Thursday December 1st, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    beautiful!! pinning now!!

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    I am LOVD
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 04:17 AM

    I visited some really great party links and also the other places you party. I love to see new ideas and meet new people. Thanks for the platform!

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    Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 04:34 AM

    ooh-la-La! So international and beautiful!

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    Emily
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 05:11 AM

    SO cute! I'm hosting an advent link party and would love for you to join!
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/12/december-1st-beginning-of-advent.html

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    Desiree @ The 36th Avenue
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 05:58 AM

    Vanessa,

    I am featuring you tomorrow thank you for stopping by and sharing your cute project!

    Merry Christmas my friend!

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    Artsy VaVa
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 04:02 PM

    Your Advent calendar is wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm pinning it.

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    Wag Doll
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 04:46 PM

    Love your advent calendar, just lovely! x

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    Katie
    Friday December 2nd, 2011 at 08:13 PM

    How awesome is this advent calendar?!?!? Love it!

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    kim
    Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 04:23 AM

    oooh mama! This is just fabulous!I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!

    Kim @ Too Much Time

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

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    poindextr
    Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 06:34 AM

    this is THE sweetest thing – literally! It's absolutely delightful. I just love the way you put it together :)

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    Lauren
    Saturday December 3rd, 2011 at 02:12 PM

    I LOVE this! Definitely pinterest worthy :) Thanks for sharing!

    Lauren @ http://www.fromourhidingplace.com

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    Cindy
    Sunday December 4th, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Beautiful!! I love the numbers printed on the pages of old books!!

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    amy
    Monday December 5th, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    wunderwunderschön ;-)
    hugs & kisses
    mom

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    Jen-CraftOManiac
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 04:12 PM

    Oh' I love it! so cute.

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    Jill
    Tuesday December 6th, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Great little calendar!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    AmieAnn
    Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 08:23 AM

    Simple and beautiful! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

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    Marilyn
    Thursday December 8th, 2011 at 02:53 PM

    This is so unique and beyond cute!! I love it!! Would love for you to please share it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party please…LOVE it :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn

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    kirsten
    Thursday December 15th, 2011 at 07:19 PM

    Vanessa,

    I featured this classy advent on my blog! Thank you for linking up to Mushki Loves My Stuff!

    Loves,
    Kirsten

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    Jenny
    Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 03:23 PM

    I would love to make this for our holiday, but can you tell me how you printed Merry Christmas in different languages on the white bags? Thanks, I am not usually creative or crafty, but am going to try this year.

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    Melissa French
    Sunday November 24th, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Thank you for posting this, it is a pretty way to use what you have on hand to make a cheap Christmas countdown.

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