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DIY Advent Calendar

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Advent Calendar

Growing up in a Jewish home I was always fascinated with the commercialized side of Christmas. I slowly started to buy decorations but could never quite bring myself to buy a tree. Till I met my husband, who happens to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Well in all honesty mostly just Christmas as his mother is Catholic and his father is Jewish. So, now I had real reason to buy a tree and my son will now celebrate both holidays! Which is very exciting for his Jewish mother who loooooooves Christmas! I made him his first Advent Calendar and enjoyed every minute of it. It was relatively easy and not that time consuming.

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Holiday Decorations


Canvas Board (16×20)

Hot Glue


Brown Paper Bags (small size)

Construction Paper and Patterned Paper (with gingham print)

Glue Stick


25 Clothespins

Christmas Decorations

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Advent Calendar Supplies



Decorate your little bags, I used the gingham paper for the numbers and cut out green hearts. Then glue one strip of twine to your canvas board (use the glue on the back of the board so you can’t see it). Hang the first row of bags, this will help determine where the next row goes. Do one row at a time and this helps to make sure all the rows are in the right places. When you’re finished hanging your bags you can hang other little Christmas decorations off the twine. I used small ornaments, candy canes and mini Santas. I also glued little tiny Christmas trees and gingerbread men to each clothespins, along with some foam hearts (leftover from Valentines Day).

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Advent Calendar



Nikki is the owner/director of Seasons Family Centre. She completed a diploma in photography at Fanshawe College, followed by a degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after she finished a post-graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. Over the next few years she extended her education through various courses in psychology, counselling and play therapy at George Brown College, Hincks Delcrest and Cross Country Education. For the past several years Nikki has been running art programs all across the city of Toronto at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes. She also runs play therapy groups at Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices as well as private art therapy sessions. Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program.

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