-scrapbook paper (I used 6 different papers and then
2 sheets of cream cardstock for the back)
-double stick tape
-corner round punch (optional)
-empty frame (I already had one in need of a good home)
-staple gun or hot glue
You can either write on the back of your advent tags or like me, print off the things you are going to do. I am using the list I talked about previously.
Step 1: Decide how big you want to make your tags and then cut them out. I used my paper cutter. Each tag has a pretty paper on the front and a card stock back. Use the double stick tape to attach them together. Once taped together, use a paper corner round punch. It makes the tags a little fancier.
Step 2: Write or print out the tasks you want to do to show your gratitude. Again I used double stick tape since I opted to print.
Step 3: Staple or glue your twine to the back of your frame. Surprisingly this was the hardest part for me. I had to decide how I was going to attach my tags. I decided on attaching them from the side which meant that I needed two strands of twine closer together like the photo above demonstrates.
Step 4: Decide how you want to use this advent calendar (suggestions found below) and if necessary pin your tags to your string. I like the idea of some hanging and having a few of the tags on the table like the first photo shows.
This advent calendar can be done on an individual basis or as a family.
The first example of how to use this calendar makes each day a little bit of a surprise... "What do I get to do today?" whereas the second allows you to plan ahead a little bit more. Both would be fun.
Not only is this a great way to countdown to Thanksgiving (and an opportunity to go look at pretty scrapbook papers) but it's interactive. It gets you thinking AND doing. Looks like I need to call someone today and tell them that I love them and get this party started.