So, despite my ongoing longing for a super-sweet handknit Advent calendar, I ended up doing another scissors+glue style papercraft. Once again, the amount of time it took exceeded my expectations. What really ate up the time with this one was my decision to make my own envelopes. Yeah, I know. Standard white envelopes would’ve been only slightly larger than these. But my philosophy seems to be why settle for convenience when you can start from scratch.
So I printed out this template and went to town cutting, folding, and gluing. Then I printed out these numbers (I found these thanks to someone I follow on Pinterest who collects all kinds of free printable downloads), and taped and glued them too. I clipped the envelopes to yarn with miniature craft clothespins.
One thing I forgot from last year is how easily this sort of calendar, when taped to the wall, falls down. This one has already fallen maybe 10 times since I hung it up yesterday afternoon. I switched to packaging tape this morning and that held it pretty well, until it fell down tonight. Not sure how to remedy that yet.
So this was our Day 1 activity. Make popcorn garland. Turns out I’ve never actually done this before. Also turns out that if you do this with thread, it tangles really easily! We’ve paused this activity until we can get some fishing line to try again.