DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

December 1st is just around the corner and every year we like to count down to Christmas Eve in a special way.

This year we made our own Advent calendar (along with their Kinder chocolate calendars – we can’t not have those ones!). We put together a list of all the activities we wanted to do together as a family before Christmas and began our new craft.

You will need:

  • Christmas bowl, basket or bucket
  • 24 candy canes
  • white paper (or a colour of your own choosing)
  • ribbon
  • hole puncher
  • scissors


Print out your choice of daily activities for the month. Some of them we repeated (like the crafts, cookie baking and colouring).

Cut out each item into a rectangular shape. Fold the paper in half. Using a hole punch put a hole in the top left corner.

Cut out twenty four equal lengths of ribbon.

Thread the ribbon through each rectangular note and tie each one onto one candy cane for a total of twenty four times.

Number each note making sure you are being realistic with what you will be able to accomplish for each day of the month – we knew we wouldn’t be able to build a gingerbread house during the week so these activities were saved for the weekend.

After they are numbered place them decoratively in your bin or basket and display in a prominent place in your home.

Ideas for your family activities (we repeated a couple of these because they are so much fun!):

  • write a Santa letter and mail
  • make homemade tree ornaments
  • bake cupcakes 
  • colour in a Christmas colouring book
  • watch a Christmas movie with popcorn
  • read Christmas books together
  • bake Christmas cookies
  • put together a Christmas gift for our teacher
  • build a gingerbread house together
  • visit Santa Claus
  • have a Christmas-sing-a-long
  • bake cookies for Santa
  • hot chocolate and movie night
  • wrap family gifts
  • put on a Christmas play at home
  • crafts together

Most importantly – have fun with your ideas! How do you like to count down to Christmas?


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