Ever since last Christmas I’ve been looking forward to this Christmas. This will be my little family’s first Christmas without traveling to visit our extended family. Not that I haven’t loved spending Christmas with them, I’m just looking forward to starting our own traditions. So with December approaching quickly I knew it was time to seriously start thinking of how we would be celebrating this holiday season!
One thing I knew I wanted for us was an advent calendar. Growing up, we always had the chocolate calendars from Trader Joe’s (here's a Cadbury version that's bound to be delicious)! We also had a cute hanging one my mom had made where everyday we got to stick a new ornament on the tree (similar to this one on Etsy). Occasionally, we would make the paper chains where everyday a link would be removed. When all the links are gone it’s Christmas!
These latter two calendars from my childhood inspired today’s craft. It’s easy for little hands to do, a craft that would be fun to make with your family, and reusable for years to come. A felt “paper” chain!
- Measure and cut 1¼” strips across the width of the felt. You’ll need 24 strips.
- Glue or sew a ½” piece of Velcro to the ends of your strip. Velcro should be on both sides of the strip so it can be closed into a ring.
- Decorate your strips or leave them blank. Link your strips together to form a chain. Starting December 1st take one off everyday until Christmas (the last one being removed Christmas Eve).
Here’s some examples of how I decorated mine:
Let me know if you try this out! I had a lot of fun making it! And I think my son will have fun counting down the days until Christmas with his chain.
Merry Christmas! And Happy Thanksgiving!