DIY: kraft bags advent calendar + a giveaway!

friends! it’s almost time to start the advent calendars! december first is eight days away! before i head off to enjoy the day {and weekend} with friends who are visiting this week i wanted to share with you today the advent calendar{s} that we made this year.

sometime in july or august i decided i wanted to make simple, homemade advent calendars for a few of our dear friends and family this year as gifts. knowing this could become daunting i forced myself to start early. after all, they needed to be finished and delivered in november, right?

i took all my favorite details i’d seen on advent calendars via pinterest and created ours. i liked the look of kraft paper but knew i didn’t have time to do anything fancy, so kraft bags were the perfect option. the date was stamped on each bag, and then the hunt for 25 days of treats & surprises began. first, each member of our family created or chose something of their interest to add to the bags. kiana spent literally months making a few dozen christmas-inspired friendship bracelets. myla created and drew a christmas comic that is all folded up in one bag. kj did a little google research and made a full page of all his favorite christmas jokes. i added yarn ball bookmarks. big papi’s contribution was baseball cards. and sela helped me choose her favorite treats for one of the goodies because she took a particular interest in what treats would be included. {everything else included is still a surprise to my kiddos.}

and then whenever i was out-n-about and found something little over the past few months i kept it hidden for the calendars:

one of my favorite finds were the mini harmonicas i tucked in the last bag for christmas. who can resist a mini harmonica?

i hung the advent calendar on twine using clothes pins. to deliver the advent calendars i tucked everything included in a burlap bag from west elm and attached a few more pom poms, because y’know, i’m obsessed with pom pom balls!

is this a tradition in your home? do you use an advent calendar to countdown till christmas? do you have one ready? if not, then here is your chance to win the supplies shown below to make one just like ours for your home! {or, for someone else!} from our home, to yours:

just leave a comment below, and answer this question: what are your favorite blog posts/topics at seejaneblog? is it sharing in our life/family adventures? beauty tips? recipes? quotes? *new to me* posts? giveaways? home decor? DIY projects? toy reviews? a combination of a few of these? other??? i am starting to brainstorm for 2013, and would love your opinions.

a winner will be announced using random.org at the bottom on this post on Monday morning, November 26th. depending on how many you need the advent calendar for – i will also include a small bag of treats to help you fill those bags. {but not all of them.} xo.

if you follow me @see_jane on instagram, you are welcome to leave two comments and enter TWICE! extra love!

have an awesome weekend!!!

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congratulations charlene!!! this will be in the mail to you today! xo.

{photos by me, Jane Beckner Rhodes}