INSIDE: This DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar is one you can easily put together this Christmas for your child with just a few simple supplies. Make Christmas memorable this year without adorable Christmas advent calendar!
DIY Christmas Advent Calendars
I was able to put this Christmas tree advent calendar together using items from my recycling bin, bathroom and craft drawer! This DIY Christmas advent calendar is also one that you can reuse every year. Simply replace the tissue paper by placing one large piece over the cups in subsequent years.
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DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar For Kids
Grab a large piece of cardboard and paint it green with acrylic paint. The cardboard needs to be large enough to hold 24 paper or Dixie cups. Set it aside to dry.
Grab 24 paper cup or dixie paper cups. I used Dixie cups. They are smaller and easier to work with on the cardboard. But they are also big enough to hold candies or small toys!
Paint the cups green on the bottom part. Set them aside to dry.
Once every thing is dry, grab your little toys and candies (see below for ideas of what to put inside your advent calendar), green and brown tissue paper and small elastic bands.
Place a small toy or candy inside each cup and cover with the green tissue paper square. Secure the tissue paper with the elastic band. I saved three cups for the trunk of the tree and used brown tissue paper on these cups.
Next, grab your green painted cardboard and start to glue your cups down in the shape of a Christmas tree. I used a hot glue gun for this part to help secure them.
Once you have glued your tree down, take your black sharpie and write a date (1-24) on the top of each cup. Careful not to press too hard so that you don’t punch your cups before your kids do!
Next, take your scissors or box cutters and remove of the extra cardboard around the tree. Cut out a star from yellow construction paper or foam sheet and glue to the top of the calendar.
Pull out your advent calendar starting December and let your little one enjoy it everyday. The great thing about this calendar is that you can customize it to your little ones tastes! Does your child love trains? Add a new little train everyday? Love Shopkins add those.
Here is a list of ideas to add into your advent calendar:
- Temporary tattoos
- Nail polish
- Crayons or mini markers
- Fun socks
- Glow sticks
- Mini candy canes
- Mini bath bombs
- Mini balls
- Mini Cookies
- Lego pieces (place a few pieces from a kit into each cup)
- Mini flashlight
- Finger puppers
- Writing pad
- Mini play doh
- Balloons to blow up
- Window clings
- Post it notes (my kids love these for some reason)
- Puzzle pieces (give them a few pieces in each cup everyday)
This activity is more of a parent activity to make for your kids. Advent calendars are great for all ages! My kids are 3.5, 3.5, and 7 year old.
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- Paper cups or dice cups
- Green and brown tissue paper
- Green acrylic paint and brush
- Small elastic bands
- Hot glue gun
- Box cutters or scissors
- Small toys or candy (see above for list of more than 25 ideas)
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