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Print/DIY/Holiday | Printable Advent Calendar

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
It’s advent calendar time! Every year (except I dropped the ball last year) I like to create at least one advent calendar DIY, but this year due to a minimal amount of time with squirrelly baby, I created a bit of a hybrid DIY/Printable instead.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI took inspiration from those classic chocolate a day advent calendars, but kept up with my tradition of creating activity based calendars instead. Every day features different activities behind each ‘door’.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsI created two versions to make this as versatile as possible. One has activities already written for you, while the other is blank so you can personalize and write them in yourself. This is perfect if there are any holiday events happening in your area that you’d like to include on specific days.

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
As previously mentioned, there is a bit of DIY involved in order to get the doors to open. You don’t need a whole lot to create this calendar – busy infant-mom approved.


Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds


1 Download the file and open. Hit print, and select pages 1 and either 2 or 3, depending if you want the activities written already or if you prefer to write your own. Print onto cardstock.
2 Place the first sheet onto your cutting mat. Using a metal edged ruler and exacto knife, carefully cut along three sides of each door. The sharper the exacto knife the better! I find it helpful to line it up across a row and cut the bottoms all at once, the tops, then the side. Cut all but two angles on the star. Make sure all sides are properly cut before going on to step 3.
3 Glue the white space surrounding the tree on your second (activities) sheet. Carefully place the first sheet on top, making sure everything is aligned.
4 Hang and enjoy your daily Christmas activities!

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsDownload the file below and get crafting!
Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly MindsPrintable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds

Printable Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
Happy counting down to Christmas friends!

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out past Squirrelly Minds advent calendars:

From The Christmas Archives


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And a very happy Thanksgiving friends in the US!

What are your must-do Christmas activities?

Holiday/Shop | Gift Guide for the Go Getter

Gift Guide for the Go Getter | Squirrelly Minds

1. ‘Visionary Journal’ from Keep Chasing the Stars – $55.00 – Because if you’re setting goals and getting sh*t done, you need to keep track of it all to hold yourself accountable
2. ‘Watercolour Birthstone Calendar’ from Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop – $22.86 – Shameless plug here but hey! The go getter has to keep track of the days of the week right?
3. ‘You Got This Mug’ from Shop Bella on Wanelo – $16.50 – A little reminder with each morning’s coffee to keep the go getter motivated
4. ‘Hustle Darling Pencil Set’ from The Smitten Collection – $8.00 – Because it’s all about the hustle
5. ‘Nate Berkus Pencil Case’ from Target – $8.99 – To keep all those pencils and other essentials in one place
6. ‘Gold Stapler’ from Poppin – $18.00 – Pretty office staples are a must
7. To Go Notebook’ on Amelia Presents – $ – A little notebook to quickly jot down to do lists

I realize nearly everything here is white, pink, and gold. But hey! Maybe that’s just the colour palette of the ultimate go getter.
You all know her (or him). She gets more things done by the time you wake up than you do all day. Yeah, I envy her too.
For the person who is seriously hustling and kicking arse.

Holiday/Shop | Gift Guide for the Etsy Lover

Gift Guide for the Etsy Lover | Squirrelly Minds

1. ‘Ceramic Baby Seal Bowl’ by Barruntando – $19.90 – I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat candy out of this adorable bowl?
2. ‘Gingerbread Cookie Keychain’ by Bite Size Miniatures – $15.00 – ‘Not my gumdrop buttons!’. Heeheehee
3. ‘Geometric Night Scoop Neck T-shirt’ by Bored Walk – $22.99+ – For the fellow night sky geek
4. ‘Sister Morse Code Necklace’ by Verse Shop – $32.00 – Gorgeous jewellery with a ‘hidden’ message in morse code. The sweetest.
5. ‘iPad air clase/sleeve’ by Bertie’s Closet – $24.99 – For anyone like me, constantly dropping their tech.
6.‘Geometric Decorative Pillow’ by Love Joy Create – $38.00 – A little bit of fun for the home!
7. ‘Ceramic Koala Mug’ by Noe Marin – $24.33 – Who else wants to join me for a hot cup of cocoa in this too-cute mug?

These gifts all have one thing in common – they’re made with love by small etsy shop owners, perfect for the person who wants to shop small. If you want to buy on Etsy or any other online stores, get your shopping done early to be sure it arrives on top! All prices are in USD, but the above shops are all over the world so be sure to take that into consideration for shipping times!
Also, don’t forget about the Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop!

Blog | The Holiday Collective

The Holiday Collective | Squirrelly MindsYou might have seen me talk about it on instagram and facebook, but wanted to let you all know about this! Guys, I’m a part of something pretty darn special, because when 24 likeminded, creative bloggers get together, amazing things happen. Enter: The Holiday Collective.
Each of us created a DIY, recipe, or other holiday themed fun for you, every weekday until Christmas! It’s such a talented line up. Seriously, there’s just so much goodness here! Check out the most recent projects:

The Holiday Collective | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Christmas Tree Cake Toppers by Sara of Tell Love and Party

The Holiday Collective | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Christmas Tree Party Hat by Amber of Damask Love

The Holiday Collective | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Copper Wrapped Candles by Haeley of Design Improvised

Click here for a full list of bloggers involved, and be sure to check back at the site for daily projects like the ones above and stay up to date on instagram and facebook!
See you there

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