First, write out all your messages, fold them up and insert one into each envelope.
Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut colored paper into 1 1/2-inch squares. Cut 1/4-inch wide strips of white paper as well. Use a glue stick to attach white strips in a criss cross pattern to create little “presents” to go on your envelopes.
Trim off the excess white paper using scissors.
Roll a piece of clear tape, sticky side out, and press it onto the back of the “present”.
Press the present onto the envelope flap, do not lick and seal the envelope.
There are several ways to hang your advent calendar. We’ve used string and gently opened each envelopes, then closing it around the string so that they hang neatly. Here are some other ideas for hanging your advent envelopes:
Use wall putty or thumbtacks to attach envelopes to the wall in the shape of a Christmas tree.
Purchase a large Styrofoam wreath or use a large cardboard box that has been cut into wreath shape and attach envelopes around it.
Hang string or yarn like garland and attach envelopes using miniature clothespins.
use wall putty or tape to attach envelopes to a door.
If your space is limited, Line up envelopes in a decorated shoebox, use a paper clip to mark your place.
If you like, you can add numbers to each of the envelopes (1 through 25) so that it’s easier for kids to see which envelope should be opened next.