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DIY Advent Calendar Printables

November 24, 2015

With December 1st so soon after Thanksgiving ends, I wanted to tell you guys about the super fun and colorful photo advent calendar that I made! It is perfect for those of you who like to decorate for the holidays with non-traditional colors, and will be an excuse to do fun activities that you love with your family all month long!

DIY Advent Calendar - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

As someone who loves to experience Christmas everywhere, last year I decided that my family’s advent calendar was going to be activity based (instead of one where you just eat a piece of candy every day) for two reasons. First, I already eat way too much candy during the holidays and I didn’t want an excuse to have to eat more, and two, it doubles as a way for my husband and I to slow down and enjoy each other’s company during the season. I made a list of 25 things I wanted to do with him and wrote them on little pieces of paper, made tiny envelopes, and hung them all on a piece of twine. Sorry for the bad iPhone photo…

DIY Advent Calendar - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

Although this method worked, it wasn’t super functional and I wasn’t completely happy with the way it turned out. So this year I decided to make something a little more function and fun! Since we were doing an activity for each of the days, I thought it would be fun to put up a photo of that activity from the year prior and use that to tell the story of that day’s advent!

If you’re not a visual learner, here’s all of the supplies and instructions!

  • 24 pack of 4×4 photo prints with the advent number free printables
  • 24 pack of 4×4 photo prints with your photos representing each activity (for a list of activities that I do click here)
  • a large empty frame (the opening of mine is 19×27.5 and it was a tight fit. I wouldn’t recommend going smaller than this)
  • 16 gauge wire
  • wire snips
  • a stapler (I used a regular one because my frame wasn’t actual wood, just pressed cardboard. If you get a real wood frame, I’d recommend a heavy-duty stapler or pneumatic stapler)
  • 24 clothespins

The first thing I’d recommend you doing is painting your frame and your clothespins with spray paint if they aren’t already in your desired colors. Once the paint is dry, mark out 6 evenly spaced lines on the back of the frame starting at least an inch down from the top of the frame and leaving at least 4.5″ or 5″ space at the bottom.

Cut 6 pieces of wire to run the width of your frame and staple each end of the wire onto the frame. Once it’s stapled, use your wire cutters or another pair of pliers to twist the end of the wire around so it can’t come free from the staple.

Once all your wires are in place, just pin up each of the advent numbers with whatever activity you’re doing that day. Last year it actually took me like 30 mins to figure out each of the activities with the days once I took into account the weekends and the plans we already had, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your month out.

DIY Advent Calendar - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

But that’s it! Super simple. Let me know what you think in the comments below: do you prefer traditional advent calendars? Or do you think you’d enjoy an activity based one like this?

DIY Advent Calendar - Snaps: A Blog from SnapBox

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