This year I tackled a simple advent calendar for the the kids. My main challenge was to find time when the kids were sleeping to number, fill and hang the bags.
I used paper lunch bags found at the dollarstore. I chose them over other craft paper bags because they are cheaper, large and quite pliable - this made it great to have two gifts per bag, some of them small, others larger and odd in size.
I numbered them with number stickers in black, added a circle in silver paint pen and some other drawn squiggles to fancy them up a bit. Your options here are endless - you could use a stamp set, add craft paper, make number tags, stencils, etc. I wanted an approach that wasn't too time consuming as these bags won't be used again next year.
To hang I put four nails in my window frame where holes already existed. I added red gift string and tied it across the window - two rows.
My initial thought was to hang the bags with clothes pins, but some gifts were quite heavy and the clothes pins couldn't take the weight. So I opted for office file clips (the black and silver matched) - this turned more industrial looking than I first envisioned. The key to the heavier bags staying put is to drape the top of the bags over the string and then clip them together.
The gifts in bag 1 were too heavy even for that, so I placed it on the window sill and set a companion next to it.
Gifts in the bags:
- Miniature books
- Card games
- Hot wheels
- Princess figurines
- Farm animals
- Chocolate, etc.
All things were found at the dollar store, Michaels or the office supply store and cost around $1 each.
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