Paper Craft Activity Advent Calendar

A favourite family tradition at Christmas time is the Advent Calendar. We have had a variety of Advent Calendars over the years with our teen but I think this year is my favourite! For our family the Advent Calendar is about bringing the meaning of Christmas into the lives of our children and making memories as a family.

Advent CalendarEach box or paper bag in this activity advent calendar holds a slip of paper that details a child friendly story part from the bible of the Nativity Story, a daily prayer and then a fun activity to engage in as a family. I have listed all the activities at the end of this post. The daily nativity story readings and prayers are taken from a lovely book called 30 Days With Mary and Joseph. It folds out as a scene from Bethlehem and has reusable stickers that you place each day into the scene.

Advent Calendar

What you’ll need:

  • Christmas Scrapbook paper (I used Stampin’ Up Designer Series Paper (2012) Snow Festival), co-coordinating plain card and large square scraps for the activity.
  • 12 Paper bags
  • Fancy Favor XL Bigz die cutter and bigshot
  • 2 1/4″ circle puch, assorted shape punches and a single hole punch
  • Number stamp set and stamp pads in co-coordinating colours
  • Washi tape
  • Ribbon

Advent Calendar

What you do:

  1. Using the Fancy Favor XL Bigz die cut 6 boxes from patterned scrapbook paper and 6 from plain card.
  2. To get a good bond I used Modge Podge on the flaps when making the boxes up.
  3. Punch out 24 white circles with the 2 1/4″ circle punch.
  4. Stamp numbers 1 to 24 on each circle.
  5. Punch out shapes to back the circles out of patterned scrapbook paper and plain card.
  6. Glue the stamped circle to a backing.
  7. Use Washi tape to create a tied present look on the front of the paper bags.
  8. Attach the stamped number shapes to the front of the boxes and washi taped paper bags.
  9. Punch a hole in the top middle of the box and paper bag.
  10. Tie with a length of ribbon and hang at varying lengths off a branch.

Advent Calendar

Activity Advent Calendar Ideas

Week 1 Theme: Christmas Trees

Week 2 Theme: Reindeer’s & Angels

  • Movie Night: Watch the Grinch.
  • Footprint/hand print reindeer and angels
  • Create stamped wrapping paper.
  • Foam reindeer craft.
  • Create cardboard tube angels.
  • Make reindeer food.
  • Sweet paper craft angels.

Week 3 Theme: Santa

  • Paper bag stamping for luminaries.
  • Insta snow sensory tray.
  • Christmas Dance Party.
  • You have been elfed! Idea comes from The Connection We Share.
  • Play dough Snowmen.
  • The wishing tree present drop. Movie Night: The Polar Express.
  • Gingerbread friends baking.

Week 4 Theme: Snowmen

  • Snowman contact paper art.
  • Christmas lights drive.
  • Cookie baking for Santa.

 Activity Advent Calendar

For more Christmas ideas make sure you are following my Christmas Pinterest board and keep a look out on Facebook. I can’t wait for December 1st! I love Christmas!

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