As well as the dictionary I gathered an old coat hanger some twine and craft pegs to help me with the calendar.
Upcycled Old Dictionary Into a Fun Educational Advent Calendar
The other day I was tidying the study when I came across an old dictionary. I literally had to blow the dust of the book as it hadn't been opened in years. I mean who uses a dictionary these days when you have Google on your phone?
Instead of putting it into the pile for the Charity shop I decided to re-purpose the dictionary into this years advent calendar. I have a website full of wonderful free vintage images and maps and I thought it would be fun to use some of these images along with the dictionary for an educational but fun calendar.
First I painted the coat hanger red to be more festive.
I decided to use pages in the dictionary which matched the vintage images I was going to use. So if I was printing a picture of a parrot I used the dictionary page with the word parrot on it.
Using masking tape I carefully taped the torn out dictionary paper onto a piece of standard computer printer paper.
On the blog at the end you can download both the envelope template and a large collection of vintage images to print onto the dictionary pages.
Or you can use any images you want such as family photos etc.
I printed onto 24 dictionary pages one for each day of the advent, each with a cool vintage image or map on it. More details on the blog.
Next, carefully cut out the printed envelope shape from the printed dictionary page.
Fold along the dotted lines and glue along the flaps to make a little envelope.
Next, when all 24 envelopes have been made, with a sharpie and stencil, write the numbers 1-24 on the envelopes.
Next, decide what you are going to put into the envelopes. For my boys, my homemade advent calendars contain a sweet treat and a Cheesy Christmas joke, 1 for each day.
Finally, to finish off hang four lengths of twine from the painted coat hanger. Then peg six envelopes to each string of twine. The hanger makes it really easy to hang the advent calendar on the back of a door.
As well as getting their daily treat the kids also love looking for the word on the envelope that matches the picture each day.
In the summer I made some fun vintage seed packets in a similar way and then used them for some great crafts which you can see here.
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!Go