We use a Christmas countdown calendar each year in our home. It is a fun tradition that the kids look forward to. We usually add treats to each day leading up to the holiday but you can choose anything you like to add to this amazing Christmas countdown calendar. Your kids will love this tradition each year as they countdown to the big day.
- 31 x 37 inch Foam Frame
- Red Burlap Ribbon (2 rolls)
- Green Burlap Ribbon (1 roll)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Kraft Envelopes
- Washi Tape
- Red Pen or Marker
- Baker’s Twine
Ignore those letter stickers in the picture below as those did not work out as I had hoped. Sometimes the best laid plans fail y’all.
Start by assembling your foam frame. I was really impressed with how easily this fit together and how BIG it is for the price. I went ahead and took a goofy picture of myself in the mirror to illustrate how happy I was….
Now that the goofy pictures are out of the way, we need to cover that frame with burlap. Start by covering the outside and inside edge with the red burlap ribbon. Secure occasionally with some hot glue.
Then start covering the front with the same red burlap ribbon. Two strips cover the front just perfectly. Pull around that strips you used to cover the outer and inner edge so the entire surface is covered. Please note that I didn’t feel the need to cover the back but I had enough extra out of the two rolls that it probably would have been possible.
Add three strings of baker’s twine to the countdown calendar frame by tying them on. Each string gets eight of your Kraft bags. Put each one on the string with a clothespin. I used a stamp and some ink I had on hand to dress up my clothespins a little but this part is optional.
Fill each countdown calendar envelope with a small treat or prize. Or even fill each with a small slip of paper that has a fun family event for the day. Things like baking cookies and driving to look at Christmas lights! Get creative and give your kids something to look forward to each day of December.
I am now looking forward to December 1st and kicking off our Christmas countdown calendar. Will you be counting down the holiday with your kids? Start this tradition this year if you have not already.
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