This year I thought that maybe we could make our own advent calendars. It would be a fun activity for us to do together and having the kids involved in creating the calendar will give them more time to reflect. There are so many great ideas out there that I have compiled a few for you.
Felt Advent Garland:I love this advent garland made out of little felt pockets. Felt is so easy to work with, it is inexpensive and holds up really well. Best of all, felt doesn't require you to finish your edges so it is perfect for quick and simple projects.
|Image & Idea: Everything Etsy via Skip to my Lou|
Muffin Tin Advent Calendar:This idea uses a mini muffin tin and some card stock to create a perfect 24 chamber advent calendar. You can hide little messages or treats inside and re-use it every year.
|Image & Idea: Family Fun Magazine|
Santa's Beard Trim:This advent calendar is simple to make and the kids will have so much fun trimming Santa's beard daily, not to mention it is great for kids practicing their scissor skills.
|Image & Idea: La classe della Maestra Valentina|
Building Santa's Beard:This advent calendar is the exact opposite of the one above. Instead of trimming Santa's beard, the kids get to add a cotton ball daily until Santa has a big busy beard.
|FREE printable and idea: Inviting Printables|
Reduce/Re-use/Recycle Rejoice:I love this idea using old cans (or even toilet rolls) to make an advent calendar.
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- Wash and dry 24 cans or clean off 24 toilet rolls.
- Spray paint all 24 a similar colour.
- Numbers each one, from 1 to 24.
- Fill them with a note or a surprise.
- Top them off with some coloured tissue paper tied on with ribbon. If using toilet rolls you will need to secure the bottom too.
I hope you've got some new and fun ideas for creating your own personal advent calendars this year. I can't wait to get started on ours!
Do you use store bought advent calendars or an advent calendar that you made?