Celebrating the season of advent. Here is a way you can make your own advent calendar of your own using simple materials at home.
We enjoy celebrating the season of advent. I’ve always bought Advent Calendars for my 3 girls each year. They thoroughly enjoy counting down the days ’til Christmas, but always insisted on the style that had a piece of chocolate behind the door each day (can you blame them). This year I went to my local store and realized I was too late to buy them (it was mid Nov. but apparently I was waaay behind the times or they put them out too early) and they said they weren’t getting anymore in either. 🙁
My decision was to spend about $3 (on the low end) each on a chocolate Advent calendar for each of my girls. Here’s what I came up with!!
I literally spent about $8 total on all the things I needed, I had the other items at home (I am sure you will too). This is what I used:
- Empty shoe box (I used a child’s box but any would do)
2. Empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls or wrapping paper rolls (cutting toilet paper rolls in 1/2 you will need 25 pieces that 1/2 size)
3. Tissue paper (any color, I had some colored but could use white as well)
6. 1 piece of construction paper or scrapbook paper (I used a stiff pc. of cardstock I had in my scrapbooking stuff)
7. Small pieces of candy or toys
8. Rubber bands
To start, I cut a toilet paper roll in half and used that 1/2 size to cut a total of 25 pieces out of empty paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls and one empty wrapping paper roll I had.
Then, I cut squares of tissue paper out (2 pcs on ea. end to make it sturdier) in approx. 5×5 in. pieces and then put a rubber band on one end to hold it on.
Next, I got a few bags of candy (+ I got a few different pieces from the Halloween candy bin we still have left) and put 1 or 2 pcs. in each tube (I have 3 girls so there were multiples of 3 in each), and then put tissue paper held together with a rubber band on the other end so it was “sealed”.
Then, I got the cardstock and cut them into little cards as you see here. I wrote what they should do that day inside with a # on the front. I wrote things like “tell your sisters why you love them”, “call your grandma and ask her how her day was today”, or “do something nice for your Dad today”. I taped those on the top of the box with a little piece to keep it closed.
Lastly, I used a Sharpie and wrote a # on each roll & put them inside the box. When Dec. 1-7th hit they will do some things to show kindness/gratitude for others, and then each day (taking turns) someone gets to break thru the tissue paper and see what goodies are inside that day…..FUN!!
I hope you all have a Wonderful Holiday Season, I have other posts about Receiving an “Official Letter” from the North Pole + a FREE Santa Hotline here you should check out. A way to Track Santa’s Journey here, as well as Cheap & FUN Stocking Stuffer Ideas for All Ages.
- Here is an easy gingerbread man activity too.