The Best DIY Advent Calendars
The advent calendar is an excellent tradition meant to extend the excitement of the month of December for kids anxiously waiting for the big day on the 25th. Isabel shared lots of great advent calendars available for purchase over at Minding My Business.
I’ve found some options for the DIY-er starting with this flower pot and frame version from the Crafty Chica. A painted frame and 24 labeled cups to fill with little treats, coupons and baubles. I like this idea and was thinking you could do the same thing with these watchmaker cases, fitting the fronts with numbers printed on label stock from your computer.
This advent calendar from Family Fun uses construction paper, puffy paint and rick rack with a design your kid can make.
Isabel linked to magnetic advent calendars for sale at Etsy. It seems like an easy enough project for the DIY-er. Theresa McFayden at My Minutia used to have a tutorial but it appears to be gone. However, Love, Joleen shares her finished project which, with the help of the scrapbook aisle at your local craft share and a metal baking sheet you should be able to create your own version.
Of course Martha Stewart’s advent projects are my favorite. I love this matchbook version from Good Things for Kids. As each day passes a treat is collected from the matchbox and it’s turned around creating a Christmas tree day by day. Lovely.
I know my kids would love this version of the advent calendar. Boxes are labeled with numbers, painted complementary colors, filled with treats and stuck to the wall with removable poster putty. I think this idea is visually stunning and fun.
Advent calendars from my youth were always filled with candy. Usually chalky little pieces of chocolate. Kiddley has an excellent list of activities your family can do together to fill your advent calendar. Because we all know kids don’t need more candy but almost all families need more fun time together. I also love their picture of small paper covered matchboxes piled into a glass dish ready for choosing, this would be lovely on your kitchen table for the month of December.
Do you have a handmade advent calendar your family loves?