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Last Minute Advent Calendar

last minute advent calendar

It’s a week into December and I’m just getting started on my advent calendar. Is December moving fast or is it just me? I never did an advent calendar growing up, but thought it would be fun for the girls, especially while they’re so young. Given my poor timing, I needed to come up with something quickly. I created this last minute advent calendar from little kraft bags, fabric tape & some greenery. In 10 minutes, it was hanging, and it 20, it was ready!

diy advent calendar

I created the calendar in our entryway so the girls would walk by it when they wake each morning…you know, so I don’t forget to actually use it! It’s an awkward angle to photograph, but this is for the girls, not the blog. You’ll forgive me, right?

do it yourself advent calendar

I used fabric tape because it’s pretty, festive and easy for Adalyn & Aniston to remove from the wall to see what’s inside their bag for the day.

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I added a couple of pieces of greenery to make it decorative & just wrote the numbers with a gold sharpie. I was going to run them through the printer to number them, but that would have added at least 10 minutes & we don’t even have our tree up yet!

advent calendar ideas

Considering it’s day 6 & the calendar just went up, I knew I wouldn’t be up for daily activities & I certainly don’t want 25 gifts laying around the house. Some days I included old family photographs to share with the girls as well as some recent ones. Others there is a tidbit about why we celebrate Christmas. Of course there are some activities as well!

advent calendar activities

I printed of a list of activities, which I can secretly place inside the bags the day of because often, I don’t know what we’ll do before then! Other activities that I know we have planned for specific dates are in there already. Activities include: see Santa Claus, bake cookies, make an ornament, donate old toys, donate new toys, Christmas Carol at home, watch a Christmas movie, make jingle bells…should I just share the list in a printable? Some days, I have included trinkets we’ll use for the activities, like the cookie cutter.

advent calendar ideas

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Well, I think it’s time to decorate, starting with a few greens in that bucket. Or nap. TBD.


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entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner

8 comments on “Last Minute Advent Calendar”

  1. Simply beautiful! There’s something about simplicity at this time of the year that is so inviting. And yes, I so know what you mean about December flying by — I blame the late Thanksgiving for catching us all off guard. Happy Holidays!

  2. This is SUCH a cute idea!

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  6. Found this through Country Living…LOVE it! We are moving in December and decorating this year will be at a minimum as a result. This idea will add some Christmas charm to our new home while also really helping me still make Christmas special for my little girl! Thanks!!

    • I can imagine, Amy! I have a lot of easy Christmas decor ideas, including marshmallow “trees” made from sticks found in the yard. Relax & enjoy your first Christmas in your new home!

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