LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar
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LEGO Set Advent Calendar

Looking for a fun advent calendar for your family this Christmas? Why not try this LEGO set advent calendar. I put one together for my kids last Christmas and they loved it so much we decided to do it again this year. All you need is a fabric advent calendar, some decorations and of course a LEGO set.

Supplies

  • Fabric advent calendar
  • LEGO set of your choice
  • Wrapping paper and/or scrapbook paper
  • Gift tags and/or scrapbooking ephemera 
  • Ric rac, pom pom trim, lace
  • Yarn, string, ribbons
  • Pegs
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick

Step 1

Hang your fabric advent calendar. I hung our advent calendar on a wall in our living room. It is low enough that my children (9 and 11) can reach all the pockets. I purchased our advent calendar from Myer. I love how simple it is, and how we can change the mood of our advent calendar each year. The pockets are big enough to fit 2 paper envelopes 12.5 cm x 18 cm, with LEGO pieces inside.

LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

Step 2

Make your paper envelopes. To make envelopes similar to the ones in our advent calendar, start by cutting a rectangle of paper. I used some fun Santa wrapping paper and some kraft paper. The dimensions of my rectangles are 14.5 cm x 20 cm.

  • Fold your rectangle almost in half, with a 2 cm overhang.
  • Unfold your rectangle and then fold up the bottom edge of your rectangle by 2 cm.
  • Fold your overhanging side edge in by 2cm.
  • Unfold your edges and cut along the bottom left fold line until you reach the centre fold. Cut along the centre fold from the bottom edge to the bottom fold line. Remove piece and discard.
  • Cut a diagonal section from the bottom right hand corner. The cut section should touch the intersecting fold lines. Remove piece and discard.
  • Fold remaining bottom section up and right hand section in. Glue along the tops of these sections and fold your envelope in half again to create an envelope. Press down firmly.
  • Use a hole punch to punch 2 holes at the top of your envelope. Thread through some yarn, ribbon or string and tie into a bow.
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

Step 3

Add your LEGO pieces! I bought each of my kids their own LEGO set, waited until they went to bed, popped a Christmas movie on, and started dividing each of the sets up into their 24 envelopes.

To divide my sets, I took the instruction book and separated each page by cutting the book in half. I then looked at the total steps for each set and divided by 24. Max’s set had approximately 4 steps per envelope and Zoë’s had 5. Some of the envelopes had more or less steps than the average 4 or 5 steps. This allowed for logical breaks in the LEGO instructions. As the instructions are printed on both sides of the paper it did make it tricky at times to separate each step. You could also download the instructions and print them one sided.

Once I had divided up the steps it was time to divide up the LEGO pieces. Reading each step of the instructions, I found each piece required for those steps and placed both the instructions and the LEGO pieces in the envelope, and then moved on to the next one. In total it took me 2 nights of Christmas movies to finish dividing 2 LEGO sets into 48 envelopes. It is time consuming, but well worth the effort. Don’t forget to write the number of each envelope on the back, so you don’t mix up the order.

LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

Step 4

Put your envelopes in their pockets and decorate your advent calendar. You can add anything you want to your calendar. I pegged jokes, colourful Christmas paper and gift tags, pom poms, ric rac and home made garlands to our advent calendar. I also added some vintage Christmas decorations that belonged to my Granny.

LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

And you’re finished! Isn’t it such a fun advent calendar! We are all so happy with how it turned out, and the kid’s are looking forward to building more of their LEGO sets each day. There is also a Christmas joke in each of the pockets. If you would like to print your own Christmas jokes just click the link below.

Christmas Jokes | A Few Small Adventures

Here are some close-ups of the pockets. I just love all the little details…

LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

We hope you love creating your own LEGO set advent calendar as much as our family did, and enjoy building your LEGO sets too. I know this is a new tradition my kid’s will want to continue each and every Christmas from now on.

Want to check out more LEGO advent calendar ideas? Take a look at these: LEGO Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Winter Village House Advent Calendar

Love Christmas? Why not make one of these fun Christmas crafts: Cardboard Tube Sitting Santa and Elf | Magazine Christmas Tree | Star Garland from Old Books | Yarn Wrap Paper Plate Christmas Wreath

LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures
LEGO Set Christmas Advent Calendar | A Few Small Adventures

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