It is so heartwarming to receive Christmas cards, and they are way too pretty to tuck away. So what to do with all these lovely cards? This year I am using them to make an Advent Calendar. The candy makes count down to Christmas oh so sweet.
I keep the cards from the year before in my Christmas decorations to crafting the following year.
Advent Calendar with Christmas Cards
I decided to make a fun candy-filled advent calendar this year and use last year’s Christmas cards to decorate the treat bags. The kids love to count to Christmas with an advent calendar.
Advent Calendar Supplies
- Print out numbers
- Craft paper
- Hole punch
- Tag hole punch
- Hot glue gun
- Glue stick
- Christmas cards
- Stick or dowel
- Battery lights
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Candy Packages Directions
Cut out all numbers. Then cut 8″ squares out of craft paper. Fold over the paper and tape up the back.
Next, fold up the corners on the bottom.
Then fold the point over towards the back and hot glue in place.
Adding the Numbers
Glue the numbers to the front about 1/2″ from the bottom.
Filling the Packages
Fill each treat bag with goodies.
Fold-over top corners and tape closed.
Decorating the Packages
Use the tag hole punch and cut out the tags from old Christmas cards.
Hanging the Packages
Then use a regular hole punch and punch a hole in the point of the treat bags.
Now the fun part is finding a stick in your yard or purchase a dowel. I painted mine with black paint and then used spray glitter over the black color. Next, I placed the stick on my table to figure out the twine lengths.
Vintage Advent Candy Calendar
My grandmother made these Candy Advent Calendars for all her grandchildren and gave them to us on Thanksgiving.
To see how I made this one and see her original (50-year-old) typed message see this earlier post HERE.
More Christmas Card Ideas
As I promised, here are more ideas for your lovely Christmas cards. From a card keepsake book to elegant card displays.
My friend Crissy from First Day of Home made a fantastic card display I would keep up all year!
Pamela from DIY Vibes made a rustic farmhouse card display that would look great all year.
Rebecca from Hello Central Ave displays her Christmas cards like ornaments on her banister with garland, lights, and ribbon.
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