This is a great alternative to the traditional advent calendar. It's great for kids to put together, and I'm sure they will love eating the candy after.
Step 1: Supplies
- Candy - 25 pieces, it needs to be the kind that closes on each end so you can tie them together
- Red, Green and a tiny bit of Yellow paper for the sign
- Silhouette Cameo or Printer
- Glue Stick - to put the sign together
- String - I used size 10 white with green sparkles crochet thread. Yarn can work too and would probably be easier for kids to work with.
- Little piece of Cardboard
Step 2: The Sign
I based this off of a candy countdown I made when I was younger. I don't remember what it said, but I know it was this shape. Anything will work :)
- Outer Rectangle: 3 x 5 inches
- Inner Rectangle: 2.5 x 4.5 inches
- Holes: .1 x .1 inches
- Tree: 1.405 x 2.065 inches
- Star: .305 x .290
To put it together glue the main piece onto the back piece and then glue the star and little inserts on.
When I was almost done with my project I added the cardboard, but you can add it now. Just cut out a piece that is about the size of the main piece 2.5 x 4.5 inches. I just used a glue stick and glued this right to the back of the sign making sure not to cover any of the outer holes. Before I put on the cardboard, the paper sign couldn't support the weight of the candy and started to bend, adding the cardboard prevents that from happening.
Step 3: Attaching Candies Together
If you want your candies in a specific order, plan that out ahead of time. I would have liked to have mine go every other, but since there wasn't the right amount I tried to make a sort of pattern with the alternating green and reds.
Once you are ready cut off a piece of string or yarn that is a couple inches long. You can simply double knot them together if you want, but it will make it harder to pull off one each day. I decided to tie one knot and then a bow. It was a little difficult to do such a small bow, but I just cut the strings longer to start with and then trimmed off the excess once I had the bow the size I wanted.
Try to get them tied together where the wrapper meets the candy (Photo 5). This will be the strongest connection. Continue to tie them all together until you have them all connected.
Step 4: Attach Sign
I tied a double knot around one of the candies on the end (Photo 2). Then I pulled the ends through the two holes at the bottom of the sign, front to back (Photo 3). I double knotted this (Photo 4) and then tied a little bow (Photo 5).
For the top, get another string and tie each end to each corner. I trimmed off the extra (Photo 7 and 8).