DIY Advent Calendar: 25 Reasons I Love You

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DIY mini envelope advent calendar

My Advent Calendar!

For the past few years, I keep promising myself I’m going to make my own DIY advent calendar. It always seems to wind up on the backburner behind all the other ‘finish before December projects’. But I’m super psyched that this is the first year that I’ve kept that promise.

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How did I do it? I made a plan.

Here are a few of the questions I asked myself:

1. What do you want out of this project?

I want a simple advent calendar that counts down the days until Christmas. It should have a daily interaction and a present inside.

2. What do you want your project to look like?

Envelopes. I want each day to be an envelope with a note inside. The countdown will be with numbers on the outside of the envelopes.

3. How much time do you have to devote to the project?

Not too much. I’d like to keep it as streamlined as possible.

With a plan in place — I forged on.

I found these blue envelopes and these white inserts on etsy and immediately paired them up with these American Crafts Gold Number Thickers.

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How I prepared the inserts:

  1. First, I added washi tape to the bottom of each square.
  2. Then, I used the December stamp and hand wrote the date.
  3. Lastly, I wrote out ‘today I love you because’ with a pink ink pen

Each day I fill out one of the cards with a reason and then Jeffrey comes home and opens it up. I thought it was a pretty cool way of having a ‘present’ each day.

I strung up the envelopes on my wall using twine and miniature clothespins. The different colored clothespins added a little bit of whimsy. At the end of the month, I’ll take them off the wall, add a binder ring, and have an instant mini-album.

This project was possible because of two things:

  1. Embracing minimalism & my own style
  2. Tweaking projects to fit my life

It was important for me to have an advent calendar. So I needed to come up with a DIY advent calendar that worked for my life. By taking the time to figure out what I wanted out of this project, I was able to plan something that was both manageable and adorable.

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Supplies Used: Blue Envelopes, White InsertsGold Foil Number Thickers; December Stamp.

Did you make an advent calendar this year?

Leave a link in the comments below, I’d love to see.

PS — If you’re looking for more Advent Calendar inspiration, check out this Advent Activity Calendar from Kristin of My Life as a Teacup.

  • Amanda Case

    This is such a great idea!! I’m going to pin it.

    http://amandashabits.blogspot.com/

  • Sasha Farina

    can you get any cuter!!???!!!! love this very much!! i must admit, i don’t do stuff like this often – the last time i made a vday card for Sam, i misplaced it – that was in 2009. haha.

  • Jamie

    This is such a cute idea! I love it!!!!