I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with advent calendars. I love counting down to Christmas and usually scatter a few around the house every holiday season. I wanted to make an advent calendar this year, but was having a hard time coming up with treats to include each day. My husband isn’t a big sweets person, and I didn’t want to start every morning in the month of December off with a piece of chocolate. Although, thinking about it in retrospect that might not have been such a bad idea!
Then, I found the coolest craft on Pinterest. Seriously. Coolest. Craft. EVER. Ready? DIY scratch-off cards! Thank you, Lindsay from The Story of Pat and Lindsay for this! How perfect! This is exactly the type of thing I was looking for. She has some really cute printable Christmas “lotto” tickets in her Etsy store. These would make super cute stocking stuffers!
My husband and I dig trivia so I decided to make little trivia cards with a scratch-off box that revealed the answer. There are over 100 Christmas trivia questions here that range from historical trivia to movie trivia.
To make the scratch-offs:
1. Cover the area you want to scratch-off with white crayon.
2. Mix 2 parts silver acrylic paint with 1 part liquid dish soap. Note: a little goes a long way!
3. Apply the paint over the white crayon and let dry completely. Depending on how thick you make your coats of paint, this could take a few hours.
I also created little envelopes from wrapping paper to house the cards. Then, I used paperclips to fasten them to a piece of string and hung them above our window.
To make the envelopes
1. Start with a square piece of paper. I used a 6 in. x 6 in. piece of paper for this and it made a 4.25 in. x 3 in. envelope.
I used wrapping paper to make these, but any type of paper will do the trick.
2. Fold the edges into the center.
3. Fold the bottom up and tuck the corner flap into the envelope. Seal the sides with glue or double-stick tape.
Fold the bottom up
Tuck the flap into the envelope.
4. Fold the top down and seal.
This is the first craft in the Handmade Holidays series that I will be running throughout the month of December. Please share your holiday crafts with me! I’d love to see what you are creating as well.