One of my favorite traditions to take part in during the Holidays is making an advent calendar. Whether I buy one or make one something is just so exciting about counting down to Christmas 🙂 In addition to making the calendar I also love making the gifts under each day. Some days contain store bought gifts like a watch, socks, gift card & candy and others contain handmade gifts like a clay figure, an ornament, & a picture (you can put a picture of a loved one here or something else) in a frame.
So for todays post I thought, why not share with you DIY advent calendars that will get you and your family into the Christmas spirit! I do realize this post it going up on December 2 and the countdown to Christmas started yesterday but you can still do the 12 days till Christmas countdown and use these ideas 🙂
These crafty ideas will help you figure out how many nights are left until Christmas in style.
Galvanized Garland Advent Calendar
You can assemble and display this easy-to-make arrangement just about anywhere in your home. Tie teeny metal pails to colorful ribbon and then hang alongside your favorite garland.
What you’ll need: Mini galvanized pails ($10 per dozen, orientaltrading.com)
Fireplace Advent Calendar
Let guests play Santa for a day! Instead of candy, fill Advent calendar pouches with guests’ names, then let that day’s Saint Nick choose the activity, from caroling to cookie making.
What you’ll need: Advent calendar pouches ($20,amazon.com)
Count down the days until Christmas with little paper envelopes, sized to hold all sorts of surprises: candy, tickets, tiny toys. Use rubber stamps to ink the dates, and other motifs, on the envelopes. You can also embellish them by adding tags, string, washi tape, and clip art. Then, simply pin the envelopes on a pretty corkboard.
Mini Bucket Advent Calendar
Tiny galvanized buckets are the perfect size for storing Christmas treats.
Get the tutorial at Design, Dining, and Diapers.
25 Acts of Random Kindness
To teach her kids about the true meaning of the holidays, this blogger designed a calendar that counts down to Christmas with daily acts of kindness instead of gifts.
Get the tutorial at Between You & Me.
Modern Advent Calendar
Countdown to Christmas in style with this monochromatic tree for a sleeker holiday look. Each gold and silver tag lists a “treat” to do for the day to match the minimalist theme of the calendar.
Get the tutorial at We Are Scout.
Filler Ideas For Kids (scroll down for more ideas)
- Temporary tattoos (Tattly, $15 for a set of eight)
- Gold dollar coins (real ones, or chocolate)
- Washi tape (Etsy, $3)
- Kid-friendly lip balm (Poppy Drops, $4)
- Bouncy balls (Land of Nod, $2)
- Earrings or stick-on earrings
- Toothbrushes (the cool ones with characters)
- Matchbook cars
- Mini-Lego figurines
- Hairbands and clips
- Balloons… un-inflated, of course!
- Flower seed packets
- Cool glitter pens
- Bundles of fresh crayons
- Gift cards with small amounts of money
- Blow-up beach balls
- Mini-stuffed animals (Cost Plus, $20 for a set of three)
- DIY coupons for upcoming holiday activities, like making gingerbread houses or going ice skating
- Mini-Christmas light necklaces
- Pieces to a LEGO kit (give them a few pieces each day!)
- Friendship bracelets
- Silly Bands
- Card games, like Go Fish or Old Maid (Land of Nod, $13 for a set of five)
- Bath tablets that expand into sponges
- Jacks (Land of Nod, $5)
- Mini-squirt guns
- Rainbow Loom bands in holiday colors
- Kid-friendly nail polishes (PiggyPaint, $9)
- Personalized pencils (Lillian Vernon, $12)
- Clues to find a surprise hidden in the house
- Funky shoelaces (J.Crew Crewcuts, $4)
- Games for their Nintendo DS
- Holiday socks
- Invisible ink pens
- Fake mustaches (Amazon, $4)
- Coupons for getting out of a chore/bath/vegetable at dinner (Etsy, $5 for the printable file)
- Ornaments for the Christmas tree
- Hot chocolate packets
- Goodies from the travel-size bins
- Cash (hey, a dollar bill rolled up with a ribbon goes a pretty long way with kids!)
MORE IDEAS ………..
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The whole month of December is dedicated to Christmas on my blog so watch out because I have so many more posts coming up! I will also be posting more frequently too:)
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