{DIY advent calendar}

November 30, 2011

{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.
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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.
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I know this is a little short notice, but maybe this inspires you to make an Advent Calendar this year. :)
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I’m partying here

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  1. tousled day says:

    This is soooo beautifull!!!

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

  3. kendascrafts says:

    so simple and fun! love it!

  4. …so total schööön !
    Liebe Grüße

  5. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

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

  6. Miss Pixie says:

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


  7. Gwen @ The Bold Abode says:

    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?

  8. Hello Ferrero Kuesschen, I miss you! :o)

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

  9. Such a magical advent calendar!

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

  11. Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand says:

    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.


  12. Lolly Jane says:

    Love this, Vanessa. So classy!!

  13. The Corson Cottage says:

    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

  14. Jess@Balancing The Dream says:

    beautiful!! pinning now!!

  15. I am LOVD says:

    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!

  16. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    ooh-la-La! So international and beautiful!

  17. SO cute! I’m hosting an advent link party and would love for you to join!

  18. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:


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

    Merry Christmas my friend!

  19. Artsy VaVa says:

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

  20. Love your advent calendar, just lovely! x

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

  22. 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


  23. poindextr says:

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

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

    Lauren @ http://www.fromourhidingplace.com

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

  26. wunderwunderschön ;-)
    hugs & kisses

  27. Jen-CraftOManiac says:

    Oh’ I love it! so cute.

  28. Great little calendar!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  29. 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!

  30. 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

  31. Vanessa,

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


  32. 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.

  33. 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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