Adorable DIY Santa Advent Calendar for Kids

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INSIDE: This DIY Santa Advent Calendar is a cute advent calendar for kids that you can create using common household materials. Make Christmas memorable this year with this adorable Santa 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 Santa Advent Calendar For Kids

Grab a large piece of cardboard and draw a big outline of Santa using a pencil. Outline it with a black sharpie. The cardboard needs to be large enough to hold 24 paper or Dixie cups. Add googley eyes.

Paint Santa’s hat red and white and the sides of his beard white using paint and a brush. 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!

Grab your little toys and candies (see below for ideas of what to put inside your advent calendar), white tissue paper and small elastic bands.

Place your candies into the cups and cover with the white tissue paper using the elastic bands.

Use a hot glue gun to glue to the cups on Santa’s beard.

Take a circle lever punch and make 24 small circles or use white dot stickers. Write out the numbers from 1 to 24 on the circles or stickers. Glue or stick the number circles on each cup in random order.

Advent Calendar Filler Ideas

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!

Here is a list of ideas to add into your advent calendar:

  1. Temporary tattoos
  2. Nail polish
  3. Eraser
  4. Crayons or mini markers
  5. Fun socks
  6. Stickers
  7. Glow sticks
  8. Money
  9. Mini candy canes
  10. Mini bath bombs
  11. Cars
  12. Mini balls
  13. Mittens
  14. Mini Cookies
  15. Lego pieces (place a few pieces from a kit into each cup)
  16. Mini flashlight
  17. Finger puppers
  18. slime
  19. Writing pad
  20. Necklace
  21. Mini play doh
  22. Balloons to blow up
  23. Window clings
  24. Post it notes (my kids love these for some reason)
  25. Puzzle pieces (give them a few pieces in each cup everyday)

Age Suitability

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
  • Cardboard
  • White tissue paper
  • Red and white acrylic paint and brush
  • Small elastic bands
  • Hot glue gun
  • Box cutters or scissors
  • Circle level punch or white dot stickers
  • Small toys or candy (see above for list of more than 25 ideas)

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