Nook: Simplified: Advent Calendars


Simplified: Advent Calendars

'Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house, anticipation was building as kids counted down the days with treats stashed in numbered drawers, satchels and other creative containers.

We love the above photo. It's a homemade garland made from number and alphabet flash cards, paper clips, and ribbons with tiny ornaments dangling from each one. We found it at Country Living and it's just one of many advent calendars to buy or try making yourself.

Little kids (and big kids too) will relish opening cupboards, rifling through mini buckets and unpacking take-out inspired cartons for candy canes, ornaments and assorted holiday treats. Here are some cubbies, buckets and even a modern tower tree to hold all kinds of trifles.
1. Advent calendar @ Target, $35. 2. Buckets of Joy @ Garnet Hill, $68. 3. Advent calendar @ Pottery Barn, $149. 4. Countdown to Christmas letterpress tear-away calendar @ Etsy, $24. 5. Advent tower @ Design 3000, € 50. 6. Noix de Couc cubes @ Boudie & Fou, £35.

One of the sweetest ways to hide treats is hiding them 24 pouches that are strung together as a garland. No matter where you hang them, garlands are an adorable way to build excitement before Christmas morning.
1. Hats & mittens garland @ Garnet Hill, $78. 2. Matryoshka pouches by thymbyl designs @ Etsy, $58. 3. Hand-printed, numbered bags from jodii @ Etsy, $58. 4. Reindeer garland with pouches @ Chasing Fireflies, $54. 5. Felt pouch garland by Bugs & Bones @ Etsy, $40.

Advent calendars are easy to improvise using ordinary, inexpensive household items. A little inspiration, a bit of ribbon, a few clothespins and voila. Check out these ideas (and their instructions) from a few of our favorite crafters.
1. Vellum envelopes with numbered stickers @ d.Sharp (with a downable PDF) 2. Wrapping paper cones + birds on a twig @ The Red Thread. 3. DIY boxes kit @ Etsy, $18.50. 4. Spools wrapped with X-mas messages @ Just Something I Made. 5. Assorted baby socks with number decals @ Martha Stewart.

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