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Free Printable Advent Calendar. Print out, and assemble the cones. Fill with treats and hang from the Christmas tree or from a piece of string tied across the mantelpiece.

Free Printable Advent Calendar

Last year I created 6 cute little characters to use across my free printables. This year, I’ve added another 2 to the collection, so they’ll all feature again in 2016! Up first is a free printable advent calendar that I have designed.

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There is some assembly work in the printable – you have to form the squares into cones, that you can then fill whatever you like for your children (or for you!). I haven’t actually made my advent calendar yet, because I’ve not had the chance to print it off, but I’ve got my niece coming over to my house today, so we can assemble it all then. I wanted to get this up on my blog and shared so that you can make it in time for 1st December!

The cones are numbered 1 – 24 so that you can countdown to Christmas Day. You could fill the cones with sweets, chocolates, little toys, or even money (I tend to save that for the 24th!). You could also add in one of the Christmas Things To Do – a free printable I made several years back.





However, whilst I’ve not made this set of cones yet, I based this advent calendar idea on the hanging treat cones that I made for Halloween in 2015. Below, you’ll see the step-by-step process of making the cones.

Instructions

  • Print the 12 squares onto thick paper or thin card.
  • Cut out the squares, then along the diagonal line to make two triangles.
  • To make a cone, flip over one of the triangles to the blank side, with the long straight  side to your left, as shown in the photo below.
  • Take the bottom corner, and bend it around to the middle point, lining up the two points, holding in place with your fingers.
  • Then bring the other corner around to the back of the cone, lining up the points again.
  • Secure along this back edge with a strip of tape. Add another smaller piece of tape along the edge inside the cone.
  • You could use glue, but I would use a paperclip to hold everything in place while it dries.
  • It may be a bit confusing the first few times you make the cones, but once you have the knack you’ll be forming them in no time at all!
  • To be able to hang from the tree (or from a piece of string tied across the mantelpiece) punch two holes as shown, and thread some ribbon through. Knot to create a loop.
  • Alternatively, you could use pegs and attach them to the said string instead.
  • Fill with your choice of treats – chocolates, sweets, little toys, money(?!), then hide what’s inside with a piece of scrunched up tissue paper.
  • To jazz up the cones you could add some glitter or confetti – snowflakes and stars would work well!

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The Create Christmas series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog is filled with free printables, crafts, recipes, and more for Christmas and Winter! You can check out Create Christmas from 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016201520142013 and 2012  for tons of awesome Holiday ideas and inspiration!

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