Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Advent Calendar-in-a-Bag

Two years ago I purchased a bag similar to this one and created a "kid friendly" set for my kids for Christmas and they absolutely loved it! Each night in December they took turns opening a bag from the Advent Calendar-in-a-Bag and shared whatever was in the bag (I put enough for two in each bag so there was no fighting!). I decided to create a simple version for a class and this is what I came up with. We had the class at my house last night, which I tried "production" style with everyone completing different portions of the bag for the entire group rather than working on their bags individually. The white glassine bags, which are German fruhstuck (breakfast) bags, are a good size for putting several small items or one mid-size item and can be altered for any age and interest. This would make a terrific gift for a crafter: each bag containing small embellishments, tags, card candy, adhesive, stickers, and more! If you don't want to put candy in the bags for kids, try small things like cards, cars, balls, or crayons. Creating 24 bags and finding treats to put in them can be time consuming but imagine the delight you can bring someone for each day leading up to Christmas!
Supplies: Cub Kraft bags (Packaging Source), SU! Ski Slope Designer paper, SU! Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Whisper White cardstock, SU! Real Red and Old Olive markers, SU! Chocolate Chip ink, Merry Christmas stamp from SU! retired Painted Poinsettias stamp set, SU! Winter Post stamp set, Oriental Trading typed alphabet stamp set, American Crafts chocolate stitched ribbon, Listmann's chocolate twine, glassine bags, Marvy Uchida Super Jumbo Tag, SU! slot, designer label, scallop, hand-held circle and 3/4" circle punches, dimensionals, adhesive, SU! clear embossing powder, Versamark, embossing gun, and 1/4" Scor-tape.


Angi (Mistress_of_Mayhem) said...

You never disappoint! These advent bags are so great! And thanks for pointing out about the local bags... :)

Tasha Enderby said...

I love how you took the picture among the mess we left at your house that night. The project was wonderful but time consuming even on the production style we had moving. Love your classes Andrea!


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