Sarah Cawood’s DIY Advent Calendar: 24 Days of Kindness!
December is fast approaching, and before you know it, we’ll all be breaking open the advent calendars, whether they be boozy, beauty-based, chocolate or toys… who doesn’t love a little gift every day in December? But this year, Sarah Cawood is creating a DIY Advent calendar with a difference for her children – with a little help from a very special kind of elf!
Check out Sarah’s step-by-step DIY Advent calendar project below, and discover why now is the perfect time to create a Kindness Advent calendar of your very own.
DIY Advent Calendar – 24 Days of Kindness Project:
My kids have the usual chocolate Advent calendar but, this year, I also wanted to do something that would encourage them to think about others: to consider those less fortunate than themselves. Enter the newest addition to our festive family… Merrybelle! She will be arriving on December 1st alongside our Scout Elf, Thornberry. Thornberry will be up to his usual, cheeky tricks, I have no doubt, but Merrybelle has a very different Christmas remit for my little ones. Merrybelle is a Kindness Elf and, as such, she will be encouraging them to do random acts of kindness every day in December, with her very own Kindness Advent Calendar.
You Will Need:
- A computer (optional)
- White paper
- Festive card
- Blank envelopes
- Sticky foam pads
- Extra embellishments (optional)
Now, I wanted our Kindness Advent Calendar to look really special, as if it had genuinely been crafted by Merrybelle and her friends up at the North Pole, so I used some beautiful Christmas papers that I had stashed away, and I finished all the words and numbers off on my computer. But really, you can make as much or as little of this as you want. A few neat pieces of paper with handwritten notes on them would be just as lovely, and you don’t have to have it attached to an elf either: if your kids are a little older, it might just be a lovely thing for the whole family to get involved in.
The beauty of it too, is that you can tailor your random acts of kindness around the specifics of your family and their ages. If you don’t want a kindness elf involved, then you can simply use mini wooden craft pegs to string up the envelopes along a wall using some twine. In our house, Merrybelle will appear somewhere each morning (maybe helping Thornberry out with his mischief!) and she will have an envelope with her every day, with that day’s act of kindness in it.
This is also the perfect craft for this week, as it is National Anti-Bullying week. 2018’s theme is Choose Respect, and I’m sure we can all agree that being kind to everyone around you is the ultimate way to do exactly that!