Want to make Christmas extra magical for your kids? Bring some simple Christmas decor into their space. This diy advent calendar and kids’ simple Christmas bedroom is perfect for the holidays!
At 9:45pm on November 30, my five year old and I were sitting on the dining room table hot gluing envelopes into baker’s twine.
We’ve done our old school felt board advent story for years now, and while we are continuing the tradition for my younger ones, I thought the older ones might be ready for something new.
The actual content of the advent calendar will have to wait because
I don’t have time to write it all here I’m making it up as I go. 😉
But the principle is clear: this season is about anticipating our Savior.
It’s fun to include evergreen branches (like these clipped from our yard)…
And reindeer heads with cool ornaments…
And (my personal favorite) twinkly lights and garland.
But front and center I wanted to focus on the real meaning of Christmas: a pinterest-worth advent calendar.
Seriously, the hanging envelopes were just a fun way to include my 5-year-old in the process. The real value came when the first’s days envelope led us on a treasure hunt (i.e. random scraps of paper with silly clues that mom hid all over the house) that ended with a discussion beside the tree of the greatest gift and treasure the world has ever known.
And in case you’d like to make your own someday…
How to make a simple diy advent calendar:
- Cut six long pieces (3-4′) of baker’s twine.
- Stencil, write, or stamp numbers 1-25 on the BACK (the side with the flap) of small plain white envelopes.
- Run a bead of blue down the center of the FRONT of your first envelope (the side without the flap) and attach the baker’s twine at least 10″ from the top.
- Using a spacer (we used an eraser that was ~1″ thick), move down the string and repeat with your next envelope. And repeat again.
- If you like the asymmetric look, you can do what we did and make two strings with 3 envelopes, two strings with 4 envelopes, one string with 5 envelopes, and one string with 6 envelopes. If you prefer symmetry, feel free to create five strings of five envelopes each.
- Tie onto a stick of your choice (preferably one that your children found for you with flashlights late at night because you sent them on an “adventure” to find a giant stick 😉 ).
- Attach live green clippings with floral wire if desired.
- Fill envelopes with all sorts of fun, meaningful activities for advent.
I won’t pretend that I didn’t kick all the kids out of their newly decorated bedroom (which, let me tell you, was rather difficult) to take these pictures… but before I did, we spent about 30 minutes decorating together. It was a sweet afternoon, and I hope the memory of it and all these arrows pointing toward the heart of Christmas stay with my kiddos for years to come.
How about you? Do you decorate your kids’ rooms at all?
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