Some of you may want to save this craft for next year after you have an empty chocolate advent calendar! However, if you are like me this sounds like a great reason to eat and entire box of chocolate by myself— you know for sake of crafting!
My youngest son first made these gift tags in German kindergarten while we were living overseas. It has become a family tradition. All you need is the plastic insert that holds the chocolates in one of the flat thin Advent calendars (We found ours at Aldi’s), Plaster of Paris, a small disposable cup and plastic spoon for mixing the plaster, paint (any kind will work), paint brushes, glue (hot glue works best), copy paper, colored corrugated cardboard and yarn.
Mix plaster according to directions. You don’t need much–about an 8 oz. cup half full. Fill each of the tiny molds in the Advent Calendar. Tap the mold lightly to release any air bubbles. Let dry until hard in the molds, about 20 minutes.
Pop each figure out of the plastic and allow to dry another 20 minutes or longer. We re-use our molds year after year. IF YOU HAVE LEFT OVER PLASTER DO NOT POUR IT DOWN YOUR DRAIN, JUST THROW THE CUP AND LEFTOVERS IN THE TRASH.
Paint each of the plaster figures. I have found this is one of those great project you can leave out and the kids will work on over time!
We fold colored corrugated cardboard into a book shape, place a piece of copy paper cut slightly smaller than the cardboard inside and then fasten with a piece of yarn.
Glue your plaster shape to the front and you have a really cute gift tag!