I can’t believe it is November already.
I have no idea what happened to October, it sort of vanished in a haze of burnt toast and sticky floors. I’m kind of worried that November might evaporate just as fast, so I’m getting organised and making a start on our advent calendar.
There are lots of ideas on the internet for making awesomely crafty advent sets, and there are lots of beautiful sets you can buy, but if you are not awesomely crafty, and you are looking for an easy alternative I’ve got a solution for time poor, craft challenged people like us!
Merry and Bright Printable Advent Set
I designed and made this easy advent set of pyramid boxes many years ago when my twins were toddlers. We’ve used them several times over the years as they are easy to make, you can fill them with a variety of small gifts, sweets or activity cards, and they are the perfect size to hang on the Chirstmas tree.
I’m very excited to share our Merry and Bright Advent set as the first item in the Picklebums Printables Shop!
The 40 page pdf file includes easy step by step instructions, a printable box template to make folding the boxes really simple, 24 different patterned and coloured digital papers to choose from, and a set of number tags.
Simply, download, print and follow the instructions and you’ll have a personalised Christmas countdown to display.
You can buy the Merry and Bright Advent Set here on special for $5.95 untl the end of November!
And once you’ve made your cute little pyramid boxes, now you have to fill them, but don’t worry we’ve got that covered too. Here’s a HUGE list of filler ideas, all of them the perfect size to fit in these cute little advent boxes.
Advent Calendar Fillers
Hair clip, hair tie or hair ribbon
Key ring or bag tag
Lego mini fig
A badge or broach.
Glow in the dark stickers or stars
Seeds to plant
Flash drive with photos, songs or a movie
Advent Activity Ideas
Make a Christmas decoration.
Visit local Christmas lights display.
Make cookies for Santa
Make reindeer food
Watch a Christmas movie
Read a Christmas story
Bake a Christmas treat.
Have a Christmas Lego challenge
Make Christmas cards
Make or decorate a gingerbread house.
Donate a gift to charity.
Make some Christmas wrapping paper
Make a Christmas gift box.
Make some fun and funky Christmas glasses.
Print some Christmas play dough mats
Write a letter to Santa
Take a photo with Santa
Visit local Christmas event such as carols by candle light.
Make a Christmas garland
Have a Christmas dance party
Make paper chains
Write a Christmas story
Make paper snowflakes or stars
Buy a pig for charity… or a chicken, or pencils.
Play Christmas Charades
Play roll a snow man, or roll a reindeer
Sing a Christmas song
Have a special breakfast or dinner
Tell a Christmas joke (link)
Free Printable Advent Activity Cards
To make it super easy to fill your advent calendar we’ve made some free printable advent activity cards.
There are 32 different activities cards and a page of eight blank cards so you can add your own.
You can download these free printable advent activity cards here, and they just happen to match perfectly with our Merry and Bright Advent set too!
Each of these printables is an A4 sized pdf file. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Do you count down to Christmas?
What sort of advent sets have you used?