When I was growing up we always had an Advent Wreath with candles during the Christmas Season. We would have short readings and usually sing together as a family. Now that I have my own children, this is one of the traditions I want to pass on and I am always looking for more ways to bring the true meaning of Christmas to my family. Here is a simple countdown to Christmas you can make with your family! Day 18:Advent Paper Trees
Scrapbooking cardstock paper (25 sheets), compass, hot glue gun, scissors, 1-inch circle paper punch, marker
Begin by using the compass to trace various sizes of circles on the scrapbook paper. My circles are between 7 and 12 inches in diameter.
Then, cut a fourth of the circle away before shaping the cone.
Twist the paper into a cone shape. Make it tighter for taller trees or more loose for shorter, fatter trees. I varied mine.
Glue the end flap with a hot glue gun.
After all 25 circles are made into cones, use a 1-inch hole punch (or you could use stickers) to cut 25 circles for numbering the cones. Hot glue the numbers to the tops of the cones. There is your Advent Tree Forest!
Arrange on a tray, platter or mantel. You can hide a Bible verse, nativity ornament, candy or other small treat under each cone. Wrap each small gift in tissue paper so it will stay inside the cone until the correct day.
More Christmas projects to come, including some DIY gifts. I’d love to hear comments from you here and on Facebook!
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