But this year, I wanted to make an advent calendar that was more personal. I pinned several on Pintrest and eventually went with mini envelopes filled with holiday to-do ideas.
First up, I opened a small envelope to use as a template.
I traced and traced on some double-sided card stock. Then cut and cut until I had somewhat square, flat envelopes.
I folded the paper against a ruler to ensure straight creases.
And it started to look like an envelope!
Using a tape runner, I put some tape on the bottom half of each side triangle then folded up the bottom.
And....voila! An envelope.
Then I did that 24 more times. Twenty-four doesn't seem like a lot but trust me...it is.
Inside each envelope, I put a card with fun December activities. I can't guarantee that I'll actually do each one on the exact day, but I will do all of them!
I strung my envelopes up in my hallway on two pieces of thick, white ribbon.
And tried to take a panorama photo of it using my iPhone.
I used some candy cane paper clips...
and some Christmas tree paper clips (found at Target) to secure my envelopes to the ribbon.
Each morning, I unclip the envelope and slide out the card inside. I clip the card on top of the envelope so I can see all of my December To-Do's!