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Here’s to more handmade with a blank advent calendar that can be personalized in so many ways by all you lovely supportive peeps.
Download and print out the Blank Advent Calendar Adobe pdf file which includes the front and back. I printed mine out on cardstock so it’s be a bit beefy. The first page is the calendar front. You will cut off the top portion at the indicated line and then, using an x-acto blade, cut out the three sides to each square which will be the flaps you lift up on each day.
Use a straight edge to make a crease at the top of each flap so when excited or smaller hands go to flip up a page they don’t rip your cardstock.
For the backside, you fold over at the indicated line and, using a hole punch, punch out a hole so your calendar can hang. At this point it will be easier to put in the stuff that will be hidden behind the flaps. Consider stamps (The Small Object stamps will all fit perfectly behind the flaps!), fabric squares, drawings from your favorite small folks, magazine cut-outs or photos of your family or whatever else you can think of that will be fabulous.
After the backside is all looking great, you need to add the numbers to the front flap. You can hand drawn them on or use stamps or paper cut outs, whatever you like. Start with number 1 and go through 25.
Finally, you can attached the front piece. You can either just staple it across the top, sew a straight stitch across the top or glue down the entire front being careful to leave the flaps you just cut free and not glued. And if you want to get really crazy, use a piece of felt or interfaced fabric for the top piece and use the paper printout as a template for where to cut out the flaps. Awesome.1f1d