Each year in November, we do a series of DIY advent calendars for kids. (See them all here!) Today we’re sharing a sweet idea that our Crafting Manager, Naomi, came up with. Each little present is designed to look like a tiny, vintage package sent specially from the North Pole…

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You can hide these in your mailbox or slip them into your stack of mail for your kids to find each day! Inside, hide a small toy or candy and a slip of paper with a fun, holiday activity printed on it.

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Materials Needed: Cardstock (in kraft, white, tan, pink, red, and mint), scissors, pen, small toys and favors, washi tape, 1/8″ ribbon, striped raffia, printable mini stamps, glue, washi tape, thin black pen



Step 1: Cut a few sheets of white cardstock into 24 small 3” by 4” rectangles. Write a different note or activity on each card for your little one to open each day in December. Roll the notes into tiny scrolls and tie with a piece of ribbon or raffia.

Step 2: Package each note with a couple small toys or favors in colored cardstock, and tie with string. To keep the days in order, you may want to write a number on the back of the package in pencil somewhere discreet.

Step 3: Print the stamp printable on a sheet of plain paper. Cut the individual pieces out.

Step 4: Address the packages to your little one “From: Santa” with a thin black pen. Glue the stamps onto the packages, and add embellishments!

Step 5: Place a package in your mailbox just before retrieving your mail each day. Invite your little one to get the mail with you and watch them glow!

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Crafting & styling by Naomi Julie Satake

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