On the first day of Christmas … I made myself a stunning advent calendar! Take a look at these 20 ideas for creative Chrissy countdowns. (Above: decorate wedding cake favour boxes to make an ‘advent cake’)
Get out the ink pad! Stamp or paint little cloth bags with numbers and hang them from a hook rack.
Create simple tree-like paper cones and place treats underneath. Mix up the numbers so kids can test their number recognition skills!
Cover treat-filled boxes with pictures and hang them on a wall. Get the instructions here.
Glue pegs to a board and hang sweet little wrapped parcels from them.
Random acts of kindness: Attach a note to each date suggesting an altruistic activity for the kids – like feeding parking meters, donating old toys to your local op shop, or bringing their teacher a coffee! Get some inspiration here.
Decorate numbered matchbooks and display them in a beautiful glass jar.
There’s something deeply satisfying about pushing through that little window to get to your treat! Make your own punch-out advent calendar with this tutorial.
A no-chocolate version that’s simple to make but surprisingly engaging for kids. Cutting stuff is fun!
For this nifty snowman garland, you’ll need some plastic capsules – the kind you get from novelty toy vending machines. Once you’ve amassed 25 of them you’re ready to start crafting! Get the tutorial here.
Here’s what to do with all your old toilet paper rolls! Get the instructions here.
This fridge-mounted calendar is made from magnetic spice jars. Put stickers on the front, a trinket inside, and arrange them in a Christmassy shape! Get the instructions here.
Recycle all those cute baby socks your little ones have grown out of! Add numbered stickers, peg them to a ribbon, and put treats inside. Get the tutorial here.
Create an ‘advent tree’ using favour boxes or small gift boxes hung from a painted branch. Get the instructions here.
One to keep for years to come: Make your own embroidered felt calendar with this tutorial.
Trying to minimise sugary treats? Fill your advent calendar with family activity cards instead of lollies. If there’s anything your kids love more than chocolate, it’s time with you.
An advent calendar that will cost you only a few cents (and may gain you some precious time keeping the kids busy!) Let your children draw pictures on numbered envelopes then blu-tak to the wall.
Use a clipboard and some scrapbooking stationery to make a Christmas countdown calendar. Instructions here.
Here’s a simpler version of the toilet paper roll calendar that kids can help out with. Get the tutorial here.
A pretty advent calendar garland made of folded, printed paper. Download the tutorial here.