November 20, 2012

Hanging Advent Calendar {+Free Printable Tags}

Last year I created a Hanging Advent Calendar in festive red and green. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to create one for this year! This one is very similar in concept to last year's advent, but looks totally different. Of course, I wouldn't dream of making an advent calendar without sharing my printable tags with you guys!

I placed my advent calendar in the exact spot as last year; hung across a large door-turned-chalkboard in my kitchen. It's the perfect spot for adding Christmas cheer, but well out of reach of tiny hands. Momma gets to control the advent calendar!

I started with a turquoise clothesline from Dollar Tree. To that, I added 8 kraft bags (stamped with a peacock feather), 8 hanging white tags and 8 chevron treat bags. I attached it all to the clothesline with clothespins. I then attached my number squares. Easy peasy!

What's in my bags? Well, I decided this year we'd focus on creating memories by doing activities together as a family and with our friends. With that goal in mind, each day has a different activity attached to it.

In the kraft bags, I've simply placed inside one Christmas-themed coloring sheet because my daughter LOVES to color! On those days, we'll have some mommy/daughter coloring time. I'll use this activity to chat about the meaning of Christmas and spend quality, focused time with my little punkin.

On the tags and in the bags I've written various activities including: checking out Christmas books from the library, having our playgroup friends over for a Christmas party, visiting grandparents, adopting an angel tree angel and several others. I chose things that we'd likely be doing anyway and, because the tags are moveable, I'm free to swap activities whenever I want!

If the thought of coming up with 24 activities is overwhelming to you, consider doing 12 days of Christmas instead.

My clothespins came from Dollar Tree in a pack of 36. I simply placed a piece of washi tape on each one and trimmed the excess. Easy breezy!

Feel free to grab my printable tags below! To use them, right click each image and save it  to your computer. They'll print on a standard 8.5x11" piece of card stock.

To see last year's Advent Calendar and grab those free printable tags, click here

I'll be sharing this project over at Grocery Shop For Free as part of a fun, weekly Christmas series called Making a Merry Christmas! Visit me there every Tuesday from now until Christmas.


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  1. Well that is just fun! I bet it keeps the kids busy right through the season! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Emily!

  2. This is fabulous! I have grand ideas to make a fabulous advent calendar - but so far, nothing (and only 10 days to get one done)!

    The pressure!! -Pinning this for inspiration!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Super cute. I need to get busy creating something like this!

  4. This is so cute! I love all of your activity ideas -- so fun! Thanks for sharing the printable with us, too!

  5. This is so great! I love the colors you chose this year too! Thanks for sharing your printable tags with us! :) Happy Thanksgiving week!

  6. Adorable Emily!!! Thank you for the printable too!!

  7. This advent calendar is so cute, but the best thing about it is that each day, you're giving your daughter the gift of time. She'll remember that long after the calendar is taken down. I love that. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. What an adorable idea. Thanks for sharing!
    :) Cait

  9. what a BEAUTIFUL advent calender!!! I LOVE it! And thank you SO much for sharing your printable!!! :)

  10. Emily I love this advent calendar. It's easy, cute, and fun!

  11. What a cute idea! Thanks for the printable. :)

  12. Adore it, Em!! Featured it today! If you'd like to spread the word, we would love it!! XO

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