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Nordic Advent Calendar DIY

I’ll be showing you my nordic Advent calendar DIY today! One of our German Christmas traditions is the Advent Calendar. I used to have one as a child and remember how much fun it was!

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My girls get an Advent Calendar each year as well. There are the little ones you buy at the store where every day they open a little window and find a small piece of chocolate or originally a pretty Christmas picture inside. We’ve had those before as well. And then there are the home made ones, little packages  or bags with small surprises each day. The possibilities are endless!  Last year I used little bags of felt, I sewed a few years ago, they are so cute and can be used over and over. This year though, I wanted to go all neutral and really nordic, so here’s my nordic Advent Calendar! 

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I used:

~ 24 white paper bags

~ deer stamp + ink pad

~ number stencils

~ ink pad

~ grey/white twine

~ hole puncher [not shown on picture above]

This is seriously so simple and easy, because all you do is stamp the deer on the front of each bag and stencil the numbers on the back of each bag, 1-24. 

Punch a hole into the top of each bag and add the twine and then they’re ready to be hung on a branch or just stand on a tray or what ever you might prefer in your decor! 

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I hung them up on my white ladder and I am loving the simplicity of this!! I didn’t put the numbers in order, the girls will have to look in the morning and turn them around to see the number on the back. They will share the calendar and find a small surprise each day. I am planning on adding light items such as:

~ ear rings, bracelets

~ stickers

~ fun pencils

~ small, light note book

~ small chocolates

~ hair bands

~ light key change for their school bags

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Are you preparing an Advent calendar this year?? If so, what are you planning on putting inside??

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

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    23/11/2016 at 17:53

    Such a lovely, simple idea well executed. Thanks for linking to Waste Not Wednesday.

    • Katrin
      23/11/2016 at 22:54

      Thank you so much!

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    23/11/2016 at 03:37

    Katrin, this is so beautiful!!! I love your little deer stamp and how it has added such a sweet Christmas touch to your advent calendar!

    • Katrin
      23/11/2016 at 22:46

      Sam Thank you so much!

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    22/11/2016 at 04:12

    I love this so much!! you have inspired me!! & this was my Waste not Wednesday pick!! Thank you of linking up!!

    • Katrin
      22/11/2016 at 19:09

      Thank you so much, I am so happy you like this!!

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    • Katrin
      22/11/2016 at 19:09

      Yay, Thank you so much, so exciting!!

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    This is so cool. I love the Nordic simplistic style, the whiteness breaks up all the traditional colors of holiday decor too. Sometimes I get overstimulated by all the stuff during the holidays, I like to keep it more simple. It’s so much more relaxing for me. The kids are older now, but I may have to make this up for Bruce and I. We’re never too old to enjoy the little things that bring joy, are we?

    • Katrin
      21/11/2016 at 06:53

      Nikki that is such a fun idea to make a calendar for you both!! Lot’s of fun ideas could go in there! A movie date…a massage at home….his favourite chocolate or sweet…game night…a walk under the stars… oh now I want to make one for my hubby and I! Thanks for the inspi!!

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    20/11/2016 at 17:55

    Love the simplicity and neutrals in your advent! That deer stamp is the cutest!

    • Katrin
      21/11/2016 at 06:50

      Thanks so much Heidi!

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    Katrin, this has to be the prettiest advent calendar I’ve ever seen! Blessings, Cecilia

    • Katrin
      19/11/2016 at 08:45

      Aw Thank you SO much, you made my day! 🙂

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    What an incredibly lovely and elegant DIY Advent Calendar. I can’t wait to try this at home.
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    • Katrin
      19/11/2016 at 08:44

      Thank you so much Deborah!

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    My eldest son grew up allergic to chocolate and couldn’t have those purchased chocolate advent calenders. He had a long felt thing that I tied suckers too and he got to have one every day.
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      18/11/2016 at 07:25

      Thank you Leanna, that is so sweet of you! And how fun that you made your son an advent calendar with suckers in it, that must have made up for not being able to eat chocolate for sure!!

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    I had never even though of making my own advent calendar! Katrin, yours is gorgeous and crisp and perfect as usual. 🙂 I love this style and the little stamp on each bag. This is something that I’ll have to look into.

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      You’re so sweet, thank you Gina!

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    It turned out gorgeous, Katrin! I love it and I’m sure your girls now count the days until Dec.1. Over the years I made a lot of advent calendars for family and friends and filled them according to their interests and hobbies. The handmade calendars are the best.
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    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 21:00

      Danke Dir Julia!!! My girls walk by now and then and check if they’re filled already…lol. Not yet! 🙂

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    17/11/2016 at 06:47

    That’s a really great idea Katrin. So easy yet the stamped bags look so incredibly beautiful tied to your ladder. Bet the girls are getting super excited about opening them up and finding all those treats 😉

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:26

      Thanks friend, you’re sweet! Yes, they are super excited, even the 11 year old!! 😉

  • Keri
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    Katrin, this advent calendar is such a lovely idea!! The deer stamp is such a beautiful touch! Great idea to mix up the numbers and let the girls look for them, that’ll be so much fun!! I’m sure they will love their surprises each day. Oh and hanging it on the blanket ladder is perfect!

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:25

      Thank you Keri! Yes, they are already asking about it and peeking in the bags, although they’re not filled yet, lol!

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    Katrin this is the epitome of Nordic Style. It looks as if it has been touched by the snow. And you are so sneaky mixing up the numbers so your girls will have to work hard to find each one. Beautifully done as always my friend.

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:24

      Thank you so much Mary!! Lol, the girls have to work a bit finding their surprise!

  • Ellen
    16/11/2016 at 15:44

    What a kreative spin on the traditional Advent calendar! Advent calendars have been a Christmas tradition for me since my own childhood. The white bags are adorable and look quite at home on the white ladder. I am definitely adding this into Christmas for my Benjamin. His Mother and Auntie Heidi will want to be part of this project- what fun! Thank-you for this delightful post. I’m loving this Nordic Christmas theme!

    • Katrin
      17/11/2016 at 07:23

      Thanks so much Ellen! Yes, I thought the white bags were perfect for the white ladder…I’m sure Benjamin will love opening a little surprise each day counting the days to Christmas! Enjoy this magical time!!