An Easy to Make Advent Calendar

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had fun with our family on our trip and ate some good food. Today, I want to show you how I made a quick and easy advent calendar. I know it's December 2nd, but if you don't have one, then you can make something simple like this too. It didn't take long and I had all the supplies already. Chances are you do too!

First, I took a bulletin board I got at Salvation Army awhile back (these things cost a few dollars at thrift stores and I always think they are a good idea to have around). I also spray painted the frame a teal awhile back, so I thought it worked well with what I had. Then, I cut out some extra burlap I had (burlap is always a great to have on hand too- it's inexpensive and brings a natural element) and glued it down with my no-sew glue. No need to be careful cutting the edges since you can cover it up with some ribbon. I chose this plaid I've had for a long time. 
Next, I printed out some numbers on white card stock and cut them like tags (you could cut them into whatever shape you want, but for me it was simple to cut tags). I added some glitter washi tape from the dollar isle of Target (brilliant). At the top I added a Merry Christmas garland I bought at Lucketts at their Christmas Open House (the garland would be easy to make too). Sorry for the sideways pictures.
                                                    I used sewing pins to pin the cards in place.
On the back of the numbers are scriptures and an activity we will read everyday as a family. 
 Christmas Countdown Scripture list
activities to do for the 25 days of december:)
I like the idea of these simple activities to do as a family like; watch a Christmas movie, write a letter to Santa, decorate cookies, bring treats to neighbors, or drink cocoa with marshmallows.
I hope this idea might have helped anyone who is thinking of doing a simple advent calendar. My kids are excited for Christmas and they love the advent calendar already! Can't wait to show you some of the other things I've been doing over here. 

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