I have always enjoyed the idea of Advent Calendars. We've had a few in the past like the house to fill with chocolates or the magnetic Christmas tree. However, this year I wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas with my kids. I'd come up with 12 activities to do as a family for the 12 days up until Christmas. Each day the kids would "open up" the idea and we would do that activity together. Fabulous idea right! Problem was, I didn't have anywhere to put those ideas. That is when I came up with the Christmas Advent Envelopes!
One envelope for each of the 12 Days. Smaller envelopes could contain a slip of paper or coupon. While larger envelopes could contain a game, treat or prize. We could string them up on the wall or even put them under or on the Christmas tree. That way we could use them year after year after year.
Today I thought I'd share a little tutorial so you could make your own and start your own tradition.
Several fat quarters in different Christmas colors and designs
Wonder Under or Iron On Transfer Paper
Buttons, Snaps or Velcro
Step 1: Cut out pattern
Step 2: Using Wonder Under, add your design to the outside of your envelope. Could be numbers, pictures, buttons or snaps, whatever.
Step 3: With right sides together, stitch your inside and outside of the envelope together. Leave a 2" opening at the short straight edge so you can turn it right side out.
Step 4: Turn right side out and press.
Step 5: Stitch across the short straight edge to close your opening.
Step 6: Fold your short straight edge up to form the large part of the envelope. Stitch across the side seams.
Step 7: Turn your envelope right side out and add your button, snap or velcro closures.
Or you might prefer a simple velcro closure to a button or snap.
Whatever you choose to do, make if fun and personal. Your family can enjoy all the memories year after year. You could even have the kids help you by having them design their own.