Advent Calendar
Arts & Crafts Activity

Monday, November 26, 2012
Christmas is looming. Everyone is getting excited. We are now less than 30 days away and as we enter December, the official countdown will then begin. There is no better way to count the days leading to Christmas than with an advent calendar. In our family, it represents a true Holidays tradition. Believe it or not, but my mom still buys me a calendar every year! A week or so ago, I was visiting my friend and, much to my surprise, she had made her own calendar! And it was super fantastic too! I thought the idea was so original, I had to borrow it off of her to share it with you guys!

According to my friend, this calendar is extremely easy to make. Not only does it bring its own blend of uniqueness and spirit to the Holidays, but it also allows you to personalize your kiddos calendars. Rather than the usual chocolate hiding behind the doors, your little ones will have the time of their life unveiling the mystery behind each number! And the possibilities are really endless in regards to what you can use to fill your calendar. Small knick-knacks from the dollar store, homemade treats, Christmas pictures or clipart found on the internet or a magazine, coins, a joke, a challenge to do for that day, short funny, encouraging or lovey-dovey notes you have written yourself, Christmas quotes,  bible verses, carol, or small excerpt from a story carol, the name of a recipe you plan on cooking with them that day, etc.

What you will need

  • A large sheet of cardboard
  • Kraft paper 
  • Scotch tape 
  • Coloured masking tape 
  • 24 small yogurt containers (you can use bigger ones for the trunk), cleaned off thorougly 
  • White glue 
  • Wrapping paper 
  • Markers, any colour 
  • Items to decorate the board

How to create it
  • Cover your cardboard with the Kraft paper and hold it in place with the help of Scotch tape. 
  • Cover the sides of a few yogourt containers with masking tape (you can also draw designs on the taped containers if you'r like to customize them even more). 
  • Hide surprises of your choice into each container. 
  • Cut pieces of wrapping paper the size of the top of your yogurt containers. 
  • With a marker, write numbers 1 to 24 on each of your wrapping paper pieces. 
  • Glue your wrapping paper pieces over the top of your containers. 
  • Glue the bottom of your containers onto your board in a Christmas tree shape. 
  • Decorate the rest of your board to your liking! 

Happy Holidays!

A++


28 Fabulous Comments:

Julieann R said...

That's a super cute idea, will love this for my Sunday School class.

Pam said...

Great idea and love the use of the yogurt containers. I would have a little trouble trying to figure out what to put inside each one.

Dusty (To the Moon and Back) said...

That's a super cute idea! I have seen the punch through advent calendars before, but not using yogurt containers!

Shanna @ Motherhood on the Rocks said...

So cute! I'm going to try to make one!

Annabelle Lea said...

What a great idea! I'll never need to buy the paper ones from the supermarket ever again :)

Mama to 4 said...

what a cute idea!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

That is a really cute DIY advent calendar! I Really like how it's made out of stuff you tend to already have around the home! And very cute!

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

What a great and fairly easy DIY

Minta's Creations said...

What a great idea. You did an awesome job making the advent calendar!

Jennifer Clay said...

What a great idea! I love the way it looks!

Kathleen Garber said...

That's a neat idea for an advent calendar!

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

This is adorable! We're making an advent calendar this week, can't wait to see what we come up with!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is so cute! What great way to upcycle the yogurt containers.

laderamom said...

Cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Kim Croisant said...

I love this. You have some of the neatest crafts!! Thanks for sharing with us.

Water Rolls Uphill said...

That looks like a lot of fun. We're working on advent crafts right now, too. We buy the children advent calendars with the bite sized pieces of chocolate in them. Merry Christmas!

Mud Hut Mama said...

This turned out so beautifully and I love the idea of personalizing what's inside each container.

maria said...

Your advent calendar looks great, what a clever way of recycling yogurt pots!

April's Homemaking said...

What a fun idea, great use of yogurt cups too! :)

Ladies Holiday said...

I can't believe tomorrow is dec. first! but it is also the weekend, which means maybe I still have time to pull this off. I've been looking for something like this for the littles.

Stopping by from mom on a time out- if you'd like to visit my blog- i also have a weekend hop:)
Cheers!

Tracey M. said...

I'm visiting from over at the Library link up ... love your Advent tree calendar!! I am finalizing our Advent plans this year and love this calendar idea.

Tulip TrueAim said...

That is so easy! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

dinoheromommy.com said...

oh really creative and colorful. I may have to try this.

We-Made-That.com said...

Not only did it come out super cute but it is easy. This is my kind of craft! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

Carrie said...

Oh, I love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! I did an Advent Calendar Round-Up today and featured yours.

4 You With Love said...

I love how you re-used yogurt containers for this! Genius!

Theresa said...

So pretty & love the re-purpose! Visiting from DearCreatives.com

Natasha SerenityYou said...

love this advent!!

Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday! Can't wait to see what you have to share tomorrow

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