DIY Advent Calendar Stuffing Ideas

Hello friends!

Need a last-minute inspiration for your DIY Advent calendar stuffers? Here’s what I got my kids this year.
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  • Gloves (because they need them!)
  • Glitter paint (hey, after all, it’s Christmas time..) for Liv and marbles for Sebi
  • Some sweets
  • Chocolate gold coins
  • Play-doh
  • Bath-tub paints
  • Beads and sequins
  • Christmas lights! (’cause who doesn’t love those!:-)
  • Llama and horse-shaped stick-its
  • Kids-friendly temporary tattoos
  • Sylvanian family hedgehogs (actually, this one is from my mum)
  • Grape-sugar lollipops
  • Paper straws (though, I’m not a big fan of straws, they love them, so at least a bit more eco friendly version of that…)
  • Bubble bath
  • Colours for decorating cookies
  • Kaleidoscopes (those are actually too from my mum)
  • Stamps (one saying “Made with love” … :-)
  • Toy car and trucks (call me cheap, but I found those in my parent’s cellar and took them.. :-)
  • Lego princes figures (ok, those are more for Liv, because her princesses need men, haha, but anyway..)
  • Paper cut-outs
  • Lip balms
  • Kid-friendly nail polish (only because Liv started asking for one not long ago…)
  • Deco tapes
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I’d love to hear what you made/got for your kids this year!

A whole post on our this year’s Advent calendar will come soon (tomorrow?). So keep tuned! :-)

DIY Advent Calendar Idea!

Hey there! Do you like to do your own Advent Calendar for your kids? Need a last minute idea to give it a special tweak? :-)

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Since I have kids, I do our advent calendars myself… This one, however, is not for us. (For my kids, I am doing an update on our last year’s Advent House Village… but a full post about that is [hopefully] going to come tomorrow.

This one I made for my friend and her two lovely kids! She called me 2 days ago with this idea to make a Santa backdrop on which she would attach her own packages and asked me to help her make the backdrop.

It was actually so much fun! I hadn’t done any such large(r)-scale painting for a very long time, so it was fun to get back to something like that.

The Santas are about 1m high, made out of something we call here Kappa Board. (Cardboard with foam in the middle… usually used for model-making.) You could use any cardboard really, but this one has the advantage that you can just pin the packages (if they’re little) on it if you want, since there’s foam in between the paper-sheets. And it’s great to work with. And also, I just happened to have it at home, so it was convenient, hah.

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I’m not a very big fan of the whole Santa Claus-y thing, but this was really fun. Found a pretty illustration on pinterest, and I liked the fact that it’s not the classic Santa in red..

I will write an update on this, when I get a photo from my friend with the packages on it. Just thought, this might be a fun last-minute thing someone might want to do with their advent calendars. :-) My kids (Liv) sure want that for next year! It was hard keeping them away from it :-)