Homemade Advent Calendars: Craft Ideas for Kids
I love homemade Advent calendars. I love a countdown of any kind but to me they add such a fun element of daily surprise to the holiday season. Last year, I bought one of the ones with the chocolate in it and while the kids were perfectly happy with it, I thought we could do a little better. I had seen so many ideas out there so with a few days off after Thanksgiving, the girls and I decided to make our own. I am so pleased with the results and I know I will treasure it for years.
Make Your Own Advent Calendar
I used all stuff I had on hand – felt from old projects, a piece of burlap I bought for some project I never did, glue and of course, glitter. With an 8 and a 4 year-old, you can never have enough glitter. I cut out 25 pieces of red felt for the pockets and my older daughter and I sewed them on the burlap, just using a zig-zag stitch. I love the way the green zig-zag looks around the edges. I then wrote out the numbers on green felt and cut them out. This took the longest. As I cut them out, I gave them to the girls and they painted on glue, then sprinkled on copious amounts of glitter. We glued them onto the pockets and I sewed a big piece of red fleece to the back. The best thing about doing it this way with the pockets is now I can put in two things and the girls don’t have to switch off days. I put in equal parts candy, small gifts (stickers, charms, Tynies, etc.) and “coupons” for activities. For the activities, I just matched the days on the calendar to coincide with days I knew we could do something fun. I picked a Friday and put in a piece of paper that we were going to see Arthur Christmas that night, I picked a Sunday and put a piece of paper that said snowflake pancakes and hot chocolate for breakfast, I picked a day and said go see the Christmas lights at the Shrine, etc. I did a few other special activities and then I filled the rest of the pockets with the candies and the toys. I didn’t want them to have candy everyday and I DEFINITELY don’t need more small crap in my house. Plus, I wanted some meaningful things in there as well. I think I struck a good balance and can’t wait to start tonight.
Want more ideas? There are tons here. Can’t get it together this year/don’t want to make and stock your own? Believe me, your kids will not be disappointed with the chocolate one. If you want to stock your own with treats next year, go buy one on sale at the craft store at the end of the season. I saw one similar to the one I made for $35! I bet it will be $10 by the end of the month.