Hello everyone, this is Lorajean from Lorajean’s Magazine & I am so happy that Dee Dee has asked me to participate in the Give thanks Blog Event. What a treat!
With the economy the way it is these days, I am very thankful for affordable paper crafts. I don’t want to spend my money on crafts when I need to be saving it for the holidays. With that in mind I decided to make a Fall advent calendar from paper grocery bags. This is nice because not only is it recycled and therefore great for the environment, but it is also free. :) Keep reading because below I teach all of you how to make this!
Each box in the calendar holds a piece of candy, creating a fun way to countdown to Thanksgiving. Every year I like to confiscate the Halloween candy from my kids and slowly distribute it, this is a great way to do that. Bonus: Since Thanksgiving falls on the 25th this year, I can reuse this advent for Christmas!
To make this you need:
- 5 paper grocery bags
- number stamps
- white craft paint
Here are the steps:
- Cut 50 squares (6in x 6in) out of the 5 paper grocery bags
- Fold 25 lids and 25 bottoms. (Here is a video I made teaching how to fold larger boxes using wallpaper, the tiny boxes in this Fall advent are folded the exact same way but with smaller paper.)
- Stamp, stencil or hand paint the numbers
- Fill with leftover Halloween candy
I displayed my Fall advent in a nook that has 5 little shelves, how convenient, but you can display these any way you like. You could line them up on you mantle, stack them up like a pyramid, or even hot glue them to poster board and hang them up on the wall. Happy crafting and happy Thanksgiving!