diy advent calendar

Happy December, people!

I don’t know about you, but I love me a good Advent calendar. As a child I remember punching through the little cardboard pieces every night to get my (semi-waxy) chocolate fix. It was so satisfying watching more and more holes pop open as it meant we were getting closer and closer to Christmas.

As much as I may be craving twenty-five pieces of nasty delicious chocolate this Christmas, I decided to forgo the cardboard calendar and to create an Advent calendar for our family.

DIY Advent Calendar

To start, I stenciled numbers (1-25, of course) onto cloth bags. After they dried, I paused for a quick photo-op with these miniature trees…

DIY Advent Calendar

I hung up the bags in a tree formation using baking twine, push pins and some adorable little Christmas clothespins. Well, except for number 25. You see, the clothespins only came in packages of 6 and I couldn’t bring myself to buy a whole package for one measly clothespin. I’m so cheap.

Instead of filling our bags with candy, I created cards with Bible verses on them that will help our family focus on what is really important during this holiday season. The plan is to read the verses aloud each night before our normal bedtime routine starts. As Lyla (and future Byrd children) get older, I will place small, story-relevant ornaments inside each bag that they can then hang on the tree.

One day in, and I’ve already got the Lyla seal of approval. I’m excited.

baby girl advent calendar

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”

Proverbs 22:6

If I made them available, would you be interested in downloading my verse cards for your own Advent calendar? 

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