Free paper craft Advent calendars

November 27, 2009

Advent Calendar
Too often we think about Advent calendars when it’s “too late” because the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Or we see one we think we want, but discover it’s too expensive for our budget. Or we see one that’s so cheap and flimsy its manufacturer should find nothing but a lump of coal in its Christmas stocking.

This year, we’re going to make one of our own, using some of the FREE downloadable paper craft patterns available on the Internet.

The Advent calendar shown on the left was designed by Ayaka Hirao/Takako Takahashi and the pattern and assembly instructions are available as a PDF download at Canon’s online “Creative Park.” Another Advent calendar we like is available as a PDF download on author Jan Brett’s homepage.

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these paper craft designs. If you don’t already have this program on your computer, you may download it free by using this link.

Have fun, but be careful: The craft knives and scissors you’ll need to assemble the calendar are not children’s toys.

Update (11/1/2010)
: If you don’t have the time to make an Advent calendar, check out our page of 2010 Advent Calendars available from Amazon.com. We’ve selected 18 of the best, ranging from $5.95 to more than $60. All are eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.

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