DIY: tear-it-out advent calendar

December 6, 2012

DIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventDIY: tear-it-out adventI am going to be honest. We have an advent calendar up every year and we’re horrible at being consistent about it. Heck! It’s December 5th and we just started. And I can almost guarantee that we’ll forget some other days along the way too or decide to do things out of order. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles over here.

Supplies needed:
– Advent 1 and Advent 2 print outs (choose actual size when you print)
– Date stamp
– Stamp pad
– Scissors
– Pen
– Lots of little activities to write down

1. Print out advent pages. Or you can make your own pages with your own Christmas sayings or verses.

2. Stamp the dates onto your pages. One page will have 12 and another will have 13 if you go up to December 25, or you can just go to the 24th and have 12 on each page.

3. Cut slits to make it easier to tear out each day.

4. Write your activities on the back. Ours are pretty easy and simple things.

When you have it all written down, just find a place to tape it up! If you don’t have kids yet, maybe you could use each day to leave a sweet little message for your special person. I think 25 days of special messages make a great Christmas gift!

I’ve seen tons of great advent calendars out there. I love how engaging Rachel’s are. This one is so funky cool and colorful! This one is a kid’s dream come true with all the pretty treats! And I love how whimsical this one is. Do you do an advent calendar? If so, what do you do? Or do you tend to miss out a few days like we do too?!

12 comments on “DIY: tear-it-out advent calendar”

  • Anna says:

    Love the tear off idea a lot!

    For the last few years we’ve had an activity calendar. This year I am inviting anyone who’d like to, to join in. There’s a little group of us tweeting, Instagramming and blogging using #ShareAdvent

    My original post about it is here if anyone would like to join in:

    Everyone’s welcome

    Anna x

  • amber says:

    hi ruby!

    this is such a cute idea. we don’t do an advent calender (yet) my oldest is only 2 1/2, and i don’t think he quite understands, yet. we talk about christmas coming up and stuff, but he doesn’t entirely understand. next year, definitely, though! i like this diy. it’s a cool idea to do a different activity each day-so fun! when i was little the advent calenders my mom got for my sister and i had little chocolates behind each one, that was fun, too…

    fun post <3

  • i LOVE this idea!
    we, also, are terribly inconsistent at the advent calendar- reading your post just reminded me that we’ve forgotten it the last two days! shoot!

  • Pearl says:

    Hello Rubyellen! I’ve been prowling your blog since I saw you and your girls over at Danni’s oh hello friend. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being my morning dose of Happy. 😉 This calendar idea, I must say, is GENIUS. So fun! But knowing my girls, they’d write something completely silly at the back of each slip. Like “Kick Maya” or “Slap Ruhi”. :S They love each other really… 🙂

  • Robyn says:

    I love this idea! I wanted to do something like this but I have been struggling with putting it together this year. I always overcomplicate things. This is just what I need, it’s so simple and perfect. Thank you so much for sharing – not only this tutorial, but your life as well. I’ve been reading your blog forever and find a lot of encouragement here.

  • Bethany says:

    I love this idea Ruby! I wish I had done this when my kids were young… well, this could actually be changed to fit older ones too… even adults! Thanks!

  • Bon Bon says:

    THIS is so good! Can’t wait to do it next year with our little man:-) xoxo

  • Suzanna says:

    I love this! Such a creative idea!

  • The coolest calendar! So sweet! You are such an inspiration!

  • This is so wonderful!! Great ideas.

  • mb says:

    I love this calendar! Wish I had seen this before Christmas!! So modern and cute, and keeping the focus where it should be. What a great mom!!

  • becky says:

    love this idea! thank you so much for sharing!

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