Update: This post has been very popular! So I thought I would create a free printable to go along with your advent calendar! You can download your free advent activities printable here: Free Advent Activities Printable.
Looking for more advent activity ideas? You can find my 2012 Advent Activities (with FREE printable) here.
You’ll have to bear with me. I’m tired, and I just had a mug of Nutella hot chocolate. This means I am overly tired and hyped up on chocolate. Great. Now that we have that out of the way. Let’s proceed.
As we neared December 1st, frustration began to set in. We wanted to do an Advent Calendar full of fun things to do as a family each day, but we didn’t have a pretty little painted box with doors that opened to reveal the day’s treat. I don’t have time to frequent thrift stores (I’m having withdrawals) to find recycled treasures, and I was not paying full price for one from the store. We simply couldn’t afford it.
What’s a broke person to do?
If you know me, you know that I’m terrible at thinking outside the box. However, for the love of my family, I decided to give it a go. Look at what I discovered?
It’s an advent calendar … for broke people … who line dry their
clothes diapers. Genius. Well, if you ask me, of course. It was my idea. I can say that, right? No? Well, ok then. Can I tell you what I did anyways? Thanks.
How to Make a DIY Advent Calendar
I cut out 25 Christmas trees from green (in case you couldn’t tell) card stock that I had on hand. I used black stickers to number each tree.
Then, I grabbed my clothes pins from the laundry room. Once my hot glue gun was dripping glue everywhere, I knew it was ready to go. I glued the trees to the clothes pins.
Voila! You have 25 “little boxes” for holding your “treats!”
Then, I made a list of 25 fun Advent activities to do together as a family. Ok, actually I cheated. I already had this done weeks ago. But you get the point.
25 Advent Activities to Do As a Family
- Open a special ornament and put on tree.
- Town Christmas Parade.
- Listen to Todd Agnew Christmas CD, Do You See What I See.
- Take treats to friends.
- Make hot chocolate and stir with candy canes
- Make Christmas card for librarians.
- Take a meal to a friend.
- Make Christmas card for mailman.
- Christmas lights at a local park.
- Watch “It’s a Wonderful Life ,” and eat popcorn.
- Make a gift for someone in the military.
- Mail Christmas cards.
- Eat dinner in front of the Christmas tree (complete with fire).
- Make homemade ornaments.
- Pass out gifts to Daddy’s work.
- Ice skating at Market Square.
- Watch “A Christmas Carol,” and eat popcorn.
- Walk through Bethlehem.
- Work a new puzzle.
- Drink Russian Tea by the fire.
- Give Maddox a Christmas treat.
- Read Mary Did You Know? by Mark Lowry.
- Read The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado.
- Go to Christmas Eve service at church & wear new jammies to bed.
- Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!
I put each of these on a slip of paper. Folded them up and tucked them into a clothes pin.
Finally, I ran a ribbon across my wall and nailed it in place. And with that, we have a broke person who line dries her clothes DIY Advent Calendar.
What do you think?
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