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Monday, November 26, 2012

A Paper Bag Advent Calendar...

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It's has been more than a few years since I last made an advent calendar, but when I saw these adorable itty bitty chevron bags,  I knew I just had to make something with them!
I got out my scrapbooking stash of punches, Christmas paper scraps, and other embellishments and spent some time creating this calendar.
I am so happy to be able to share it with you!


To begin, I used 2 frames that I already had from Pier 1 to hold pictures. I love these frames and I change the pictures in them from time to time. You could easily use large picture frames you have at home by stapling wire or string on the back to hold your advent calendar treat bags.I hung the two frames side by side to display the whole calendar in our hallway.
 Supplies:
Frames to hold the bags with wire or string to hold the bags {You could also just use string hung on a wall to hold the paper bags.}
25  paper bags
25 mini clothes pins
scrapbook embellishments & adhesive {I used tape runner}
Numbers 1-25,  print out or stickers { I used the numbers from this free printable.}

Directions:
  • Decorate the 25 paper bags with scrapbook embellishments and numbers however you like!You could also give some bags to the kids to help you decorate. It's a great family project.
  • Hang bangs from a string or wire when done.
  • Enjoy!


And what can you put in the bags?  Hersheys kisses, small candies or gum.Since my kids are older, I inserted slips of paper with questions on them for us to have a fun conversation at dinner.Some of the questions are:If you could give $10,000 to any charity for Christmas, which charity would you choose and why? What is the best Christmas surprise you've had so far?


I am busy working Christmas crafts and decorating this week, so I have lots of fun things to share soon.

What are you working on this week? Anything Christmas related? Please do tell!

{Thank you so much for Greenmunch for providing with the chevron paper bags to create my calendar. Please go check out their full line of beautiful party supplies!}




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14 comments:

Bonnie @ Uncommon said...

Love this! the chevron bags are too cute!!

Laurie @ Keepin' up with the Scardinas said...

I LOVE those bags! I've been trying to figure out an advent calender and this one is perfect. I already have the frame from Pier 1 and I have some leftover bags from a past party. Thanks so much for posting this. LOVE your blog!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

so cute. I think you spoil your kids though - what's with 25 bags. I always only give my kids 24 treats!

Crystal @ 29 Rue House said...

I love it and how you were able to use the frames you already had! I'm working on an advent calendar too - thanfully I've still got a few days since I'm not done yet! :)

Leslie said...

I love it Angie!!! I have been working on a little advent project today too. I finished to late to take photos. : ( Have a great tuesday.

Jackie said...

I love this, what a great idea!

Katie Riedel said...

How cute! I love the question idea.

I would love if you would link up on Fall Into the Holidays, open Saturday through Thursday-

http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/tag/fall-into-the-holidays/

Katie @ Horrific Knits

Jelli said...

How pretty, Angie! I spent a couple hours last night coming up with a good advent idea for our family this year. If I had any idea where to find these bags here in Costa Rica, this would for sure be my go-to advent calendar. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jelli said...

How pretty, Angie! I spent a couple hours last night coming up with a good advent idea for our family this year. If I had any idea where to find these bags here in Costa Rica, this would for sure be my go-to advent calendar. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jennifer Hicks said...

Very cute idea! I have got to start making my advent calendar.

Lolly Jane said...

Love love love this!! Featured it! xoxo

http://lollyjane.com/30-diy-christmas-advent-calendars/

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Candace Duval from Lucky Scarf said...

This is so clever and cute! I love it!

Christine said...

This is one of my favorite advent calendars EVER!

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