December is just around the corner and soon we’ll be counting down the days until Christmas! I made our very first Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar for my daughter Kate last year and we had so much fun with it! Every morning in December felt like Christmas morning as she jumped out of bed and raced down the stairs to see what the day’s treasure would be.
To make, I purchased buckets and gift card holders from Target’s dollar spot and hung them from the wall using Command Mini-Hooks which I then hid with a countdown number print out. I filled the buckets with little goodies and surprises like stickers, jewelry and toys, and in the gift card holders I wrote little clues for a scavenger hunt to find her prize or added a note for a family activity we’d enjoy that day.
See more of this project, including free printables, here: Kate’s Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar.
It was such a fun activity that we can’t wait for December 1st to start it all over again!
Interested in doing an advent calendar for your family? Here are a few more great DIY advent calendars for you to try!
This Simple Family Photo Advent Calendar skips the little trinkets and toys and puts your favorite family photos on display. Clipped along with each photo is an activity for the family to enjoy that day.
Create your own luminaries using old baby food jars, and light a candle for each day that gets closer to Christmas.
This great little Advent Calendar Village was made using empty food boxes and scrapbook paper!
Did you know there are 24 pockets in a shoe organizer? Recreate this super cute Grinch Advent Calendar using one, and place pages of How the Grinch Stole Christmas in each pocket, reading one page of the story each day as you count down the days until Christmas.
Or wrap up 25 of your favorite holiday books and unwrap and read one each day as the calendar clicks closer to December 25th.
Chalkboard lovers can recreate this beautiful Advent Calendar Wall Chart with step by step instructions and free printables available at The Painted Hive.
This bucket full of colorful countdown goodies was made using empty toilet paper rolls – so clever!
Will you be doing an advent calendar this year? Tell us about it!
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