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Mini Mail Advent Calendar

Each year in November, we do a series of DIY advent calendars for kids. (See them all here!) Today we’re sharing a sweet idea that our Crafting Manager, Naomi, came up with. Each little present is designed to look like a tiny, vintage package sent specially from the North Pole…

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You can hide these in your mailbox or slip them into your stack of mail for your kids to find each day! Inside, hide a small toy or candy and a slip of paper with a fun, holiday activity printed on it.

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Materials Needed: Cardstock (in kraft, white, tan, pink, red, and mint), scissors, pen, small toys and favors, washi tape, 1/8″ ribbon, striped raffia, printable mini stamps, glue, washi tape, thin black pen

Step 1: Cut a few sheets of white cardstock into 24 small 3” by 4” rectangles. Write a different note or activity on each card for your little one to open each day in December. Roll the notes into tiny scrolls and tie with a piece of ribbon or raffia.

Step 2: Package each note with a couple small toys or favors in colored cardstock, and tie with string. To keep the days in order, you may want to write a number on the back of the package in pencil somewhere discreet.

Step 3: Print the stamp printable on a sheet of plain paper. Cut the individual pieces out.

Step 4: Address the packages to your little one “From: Santa” with a thin black pen. Glue the stamps onto the packages, and add embellishments!

Step 5: Place a package in your mailbox just before retrieving your mail each day. Invite your little one to get the mail with you and watch them glow!

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Crafting & styling by Naomi Julia Satake

  1. Michelle

    November 3, 2016

    That’s a super sweet idea, the stamps are so cute!
    https://www.makeandmess.com/

  2. Natalie

    November 3, 2016

    This is such a cute idea – I might even try it actually posting the things to a friend abroad. Thanks for the inspiration!

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  3. Sofia

    November 3, 2016

    Thank you for this festive idea.

  4. Lisa

    November 3, 2016

    How fun is that??! I am loving the airmail-paper-packages-tied-up-with-string inspiration.
    @PostalThreads

  5. Tori//Gringalicious

    November 4, 2016

    Yes!!! This is just the cutest. I always want to make an advent calender each year but never do. Thanks for inspiring me!

  6. Juliette

    November 4, 2016

    I so much LOVE advent calendars… Thank you for this super sweet idea :)

  7. Susan

    November 4, 2016

    This is adorable! Thank you for the great idea.

  8. Meagan

    November 4, 2016

    What a great idea! I will have to remember this. Might have to do something like this for my bestie.

  9. Jen B

    November 5, 2016

    This is a wonderful idea. I would be as excited as the kids. ha ha.

  10. Jade May

    November 6, 2016

    I love the idea of this! I did something similar last year but yours is so much prettier

  11. Celia Becker @ AfterOrangeCounty.com

    November 6, 2016

    Every year I make an advent calendar for my grandbabies. This idea is so sweet I think I’ll run with it. Thanks a million for your wonderful and creative website. I’M A FAN!!

  12. Kathryn

    November 6, 2016

    Love this!

  13. Eden Passante

    November 9, 2016

    I love this idea! I did advent calendars last year but I want to try something new this year. Thanks for sharing!

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