You can make up your own list of actions. Think about simple gestures such as smiling or holding open a door for someone!
YOU WILL NEED
Templates; Pencil and pens; Laminating sheets and laminator (optional); White card stock (optional); Glue stick; Scissors; Craft pegs or clothes pins; Hot glue gun or strong glue; Assorted scrapbook paper; Assorted card stock; Red ribbon, approx 6mm wide; Single hole punch; Baker’s twine
1 Print out the scallop shape template, you’ll need 25. Write the numbers 1–25 on each one and them laminate and cut out. If you are not going to laminate the numbers, you’ll need to glue them onto a thicker card stock and then cut them out.
2 Use a hot glue gun to glue each number onto a craft peg or clothespin. Alternatively use strong glue.
3 Print out the envelope template and cut it out. Use a glue stick to stick together pieces of scrapbook paper (we used bright Christmas themed paper) and coloured card stock until you have enough sheets to cut out 25 envelope shapes.
4 Write up a list of actions on white paper—stick to simple things that you will be able to achieve, such as “Give someone a hug” or “Bake someone some cookies”. Cut each one out and stick in the center of each envelope, on the card stock side. Fold the four flaps in.
5 Punch a hole on two of the facing round edges. Cut 25 pieces of ribbon, each 30cm long, thread the ends through the two holes and tie into a bow.
6 Take a long length of baker’s twine and use the number “clips” to attach the envelopes. Your Advent calendar is ready to hang up!
More Christmas craft ideas can be found in Craft it up Christmas Around the World by Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong (£9.99 CICO)