There's something magical about a Christmas Advent Calendar.
Last year I started stocking up on supplies to make a fun CLOTHESLINE countdown for my GRANDkids. I shopped the after-Christmas sales and got super discounted prices. Most of the items are gift card holders, just right for slipping a piece of candy or small toy in.
Since I was making 3 separate sets, I had to keep within my budget. I also found lots of little toys and fun things to stuff inside each item. I only had a few empty items that I set aside to put candy in. (Just so ya know, I didn't buy the candy until now.)
Cracker Barrel, The Dollar Store, and Wal-Mart were fantastic for finding all the stuff I needed. The only problem was waiting almost an entire year before I could send them out to my GRANDkids.
I found the little clothespins at Wal-Mart in their craft section. The little hangers were from a paper doll set, my kids used to have but didn't use anymore.
This is a photo one of my daughters sent of their Clothesline Advent Calendar...Isn't it darling! She only had a skinny wall to mount hers on so she divided it up into 3 separate sections. My other daughter is going to hang hers in one long clothesline across their fireplace mantle.
Some of the things I stuffed inside were: Santa straws, crayons, note pads, sparkely nail polish for the girls, Hot Wheels cars for the boys, hair clips, etc.
Do you have any good ideas for Advent Calendars?