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Making an advent calendar doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. In fact, it’s incredibly easy to make and can even be a fun and affordable if you do it right. I made our diy advent calendar this year using small kraft paper bags, red and white twine, and holiday colored clothespins. I also created printable numbers 1-24 and advent calendar ideas that I’m sharing with you today. Activity advent calendars are a great way to create some really special holiday memories with your children. My children look forward to checking their advent calendar every day. For the most part I’ve kept it to activities, Christmas crafts, etc. but some days I’ve hidden a fun little treat for them in the Christmas tree.
What you’ll need to create your own diy advent calendar:
- Mini Kraft Paper Bags – These come in a pack of 25 from Oriental Trading so you’ll only need to purchase one pack.
- Christmas scrapbook paper – You can get a great set of 100 bright Christmas so you’ll have plenty of color choices- 6 1/2″ sheets HERE.
- Red & White Twine – I use twine for lots of different crafts.
- Clothespins – I used some clothespins from Oriental Trading that had red and white stripes but it looks like they no longer carry those so I recommend using plain clothespins so that you can paint them or an easier option is to use holiday colored washi tape to make your clothespins match your holiday decor.
- Number stamps or my free printable advent calendar numbers 1-24. DOWNLOAD 1-12 and 13-24 HERE.
- Advent Calendar Activities Printables. DOWNLOAD HERE.
Advent Calendar Instructions:
- Start by cutting out the numbers and advent calendar activities. I used a circle punch to make cutting out the numbers go faster but this is always something that you can have the kids help you with.
- Glue the numbers to the front of your mini Kraft bags.
- Glue the activity cards to the scrapbook paper and then cut out around the edges so that the cute paper shows around the sides. You can use some of the pre-printed advent calendar activity ideas or use the blank ones to fill in a few ideas of your own.
- Fold the tops of the mini kraft bags over and use the clothespins to attach in order to the twine.
- Enjoy your new advent calendar! It’s that simple to make a diy advent calendar of your own!
Fun Advent Calendar Ideas
(included in the printables)
- Write a letter to Santa.
- Donate clothes that no longer fit and toys you no longer play with.
- Make a gingerbread house.
- Read the nativity story.
- Join us for a picnic dinner next to the Christmas tree tonight!
- Decorate Christmas cookies.
- Make hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie.
- There’s something special hiding in the tree just for you. – I hid Christmas candy in the tree and my kids thought that was really fun. I included this option in the advent calendar activities printable because it’s just too much fun not to.
- Random act of kindness. – I included this twice in the printable because I want to teach my kids the value of brightening another person’s day.
- Make and deliver gifts to neighbors.
- Take a drive and look at Christmas lights!
- Family game night next to the Christmas tree.
- Write letters to your cousins.
- Build the coolest fort ever!
- Go present shopping.
- Make a Christmas craft. -I include this more than once in the advent calendar activities printable as well because we have lots of Christmas crafts to make.
- Make a card for your teacher.
- Sleepover by the Christmas tree!
- Take pictures with Santa!
These 19 advent calendar activities are great but I’m sure you have plenty more ideas for your own diy advent calendar. What are some advent calendar activities that you would include in yours?