How to Make a Pen Pal Friendly Advent Calendar

Hello everyone! I love crafting and figuring out ways to make whatever comes to mind. Recently, I had this idea to create an advent calendar that was small enough to be mailed, but could still hold quality goodies/stationery. I tried one design and really hated the way it looked. (I can’t even bear to show the first rendition!!) But I soon thought to create mini envelope bundles to be mailed off just in time for the holidays! This flat advent calendar is great for friends, family, or pen pals!

Supplies You Will Need:

  • scissors
  • washi tape or stickers to close the envelopes
  • paper (i.e. card stock, kraft paper, holiday themed, etc.)
  • pen (i.e. white/silver/gold Gelly roll, paint pens, etc.)
  • string (i.e. twine, cord, jute, cotton string, etc.)
  • small & flat stationery (i.e. mini sticky notes, sticker flakes, decorative paper clips, etc.)

Free Printable Envelope Template

If you want to make your own version of this, here is a free template that I made for you! You should be able to print this on any type of paper. For the full tutorial, scroll down to watch my quick 10-minute video!

This DIY advent calendar was fun to make and so simple to do. I think it’s a great project to do and makes it a fun way to have an advent calendar on hand. Plus, if you’re a parent, this would make a great stocking stuffer advent calendar! You can either drop in the bundles each week or put an envelope in each day. However you choose, this versatile DIY can be customized to your preferences.

I hope you enjoyed this easy DIY pen pal friendly advent calendar. It’s so fun and customizable that you can use this for any theme you want. If you give this a try, please take a photo and tag me on Instagram @drawnbyleslie. I’d love see your mini advent calendars!

x Leslie

Watch My How-To Video

In this video, I show you how to create your own advent calendar. It goes through each step and shows how I made the whole thing come together! It’s a super simple way to surprise your friends, family, or pen pals.

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