Creating your own Advent Calendar

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When my first child’s first Christmas was approaching, My partner and I really wanted to start an advent Calendar that wasn’t just lollies and chocolate.

Not just because of the sugar content but because it also can get really hot leading up to Christmas, I think melting chocolate is a real Australian Christmas problem.

I’m lucky enough to have a very talented Mother who I enlisted to create a quilted wall hanging Advent Calendar with generously sized pockets so I can fill them with all sorts of things.

I now have 2 daughters and over the years we now put 2 items in each pocket sometimes they are the same sometimes they have to negotiate with each other (not always a happy outcome but they are learning)

We love creativity at Bunyip Creations:

Our Founder Michelle is very creative and makes her own advent calendar every year being conscious to reuse things as much as possible, such as the short pieces of christmas wrapping and old Christmas cards, Check out our Pinterest board for other creative ways to create advent calendars.

The above Advent Calendar was made with Rope and old newspapers with colourful Christmas stickers, you could also use this type of design and peg envelopes, old christmas cards(and seal the sides), paper rolls and seal the bottom etc

The below Advent Calendar is made with a coat hanger which could also be replaced with a branch and rope, gifts are wrapped in leftover and reused wrapping paper and then bundled and hung with string  

We’d also love to see your Christmas creations feel free to tag us on Facebook and Instagram or use #bunyipchristmascreation 

Non Edible Advent Calendar fillers:

Over the years some of the non edible items we have put in our advent calendar have been

  •  Dolls
  •  Toy cars
  •  Hair accessories
  •  Nail polish
  •  Jewelry
  •  Lego
  •  Lip gloss
  •  Temporary tattoos
  •  Stickers
  •  Money
  •  Bouncy balls
  •  Notebooks
  •  Small stationary items and more 

If you have ideas to share please leave in the comments.

If you love being creative too, sign up to our email list to receive a monthly creation suitable for children such as bookmark templates, puppet templates etc

Have a very Crafty Christmas – Linda (VA)

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