It looks like we can’t avoid it any more folks… it’s officially ‘Christmas season’. (Side note: my first Christmas-related design job this year was in August… which even for the most keen Christmas-loving person ever is a little bit early I think?!)
So, to celebrate the arrival of Christmas time, and as a massive thank you to all you lovely blog readers, I’ve been busy making my very own advent calendar, and you can download it for free, and make it yourselves! 🙂
Having never had any advent calendars growing up, I wasn’t too bothered about having a chocolate advent calendar, (although you can easily add chocolates to yours if you wish!) but I did like the idea of looking forward to celebrating Christ’s birthday, so I decided that for each day in December there would be a different name for Jesus and also a Bible verse to read. I love the idea that as each day passes, we’ll reveal another name of Jesus that highlights a different part of who he is and what his character is like!
DIY ADVENT CALENDAR
YOU WILL NEED:
Names of Jesus download (click here to download it)
Dates and Bible verses download (click here to download it)
A4 white card x7 sheets
A4 kraft card x3 sheets
Large frame/pin board/strong piece of cardboard, roughly A2 size
String or ribbon approx. 4-5m
Small wooden pegs x25 (mine were from The Range)
HOW TO MAKE:
1. Print off the ‘Names of Jesus’ download onto x7 sheets of A4 white card and cut into A6 cards
2. Print off the ‘Dates and Bible verses’ download onto x3 sheets of A4 kraft card. These need to be printed double sided, so page 1 & 4 should be printed back to back, page 2 & 5 and page 3 & 6.
3. Cut the Dates & Bible verses tags using the guide lines.
4. Prepare your board. I used an old pin board and covered it with hessian, using pins to hold it down. It would also work on a large photo frame or using a thick piece of cardboard.
5. Attach 4 pieces of string to your board, equally spaced, to hang your tags from. I used more pins attach the string to the board. To add a bit more Christmas cheer, I also added some shiny red curling ribbon, the kind you get from gift shops to wrap presents with.
6. Lay out the cards and tags on the board to get the correct spacing. I had 4 rows with 7 cards on the top 3 rows and 4 on the bottom, but feel free to try your own arrangements!
7. Peg the cards and tags to the string.
8. Find a nice spot to display your advent calendar and enjoy celebrating Christ’s birth!
If you’re worried about the size of the advent calendar or your space is limited, when you go to print the downloads, just scale down the size and print them smaller.
In case you missed it, here are the 2 download links again:
If you do make your own advent calendar, I’d love to see it and hear how it goes! Also, next week I’ll be launching the very exciting Christmas Collection over on my Etsy shop, so stay tuned for that!