Paper Sack & Clothespin Advent Calendar

I {LOVE} advent calendars.  I think they are the perfect way to count down to Christmas, and an additional way to really enjoy the holiday season.  We have several at our house, and we use them all!  Whether we use books, candy, or fun family Christmas activities, the result is a pure delight in enjoying the best parts of the holiday.

This Christmas I’ve added another one, and it uses some of my most favorite things—brown paper sacks, twine and clothespins!  It is ridiculously easy to make, totally inexpensive (less than $7), and SO SO darling!!!

Paper Sack Advent Calendar |

This particular advent will hold an activity for each day, that our whole family can participate in.  I will share my printable list next week, so you can see all the fun activities we’re planning!  It can be hung across a large or double doorway, big window, archway, between two columns, or even down a stairway.

These paper sacks are seriously my favorite things.  They are much smaller than a traditional paper lunch sack, but can still hold quite a bit.  I have found them at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, and are about $2.50 for 16 of them.  The brand I like the best is “Celebrate It, and they are the ones I got at Michael’s.  They measure 3 1/2 x 2 x 6 3/4 inches.  I use them ALL of the time–as treat sacks, to wrap small gifts, and more.  {LOVE} them!!! The clothespins I actually found on etsy at The Shabby Creek Cottage, and just count not resist them!  If I hadn’t found them, I would have bought the pack of 100 for around $1 at Walmart, and covered them in cute paper or fabric.   Also super easy to do, and quite inexpensive.  One sheet of scrapbook paper would easily cover 25 clothespins.

Here’s how I put it together…


*small paper sacks


*clothespin–covered in paper or fabric!

*vinyl numbers:  1-25, or stickers!


1.  Cover your clothespins in paper!  Just trace the clothespin onto the back of your paper, and cut it out. Distress the edges.  :)  Use doublestick tape to attach it to your clothespin, and trim any edges that hang over.  Repeat for all clothespins.

2.  Add your vinyl numbers to your paper sacks.  I used my Silhouette, but you could easily use large number stickers found at a scrapbook store.

3.  Add whatever you like to your paper sacks, fold over the tops, and use your clothespins to close the bags.  Attach the bags using the clothespins to your twine and hang–wherever you like!

See!! TOTALLY easy, and TOTALLY cute!


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