How to Make an Advent Calendar (with no sugar!)
How to Make an Advent Calendar
That Isn’t Filled with Sugar!
This Christmas I wanted an Advent Calendar for my girls. When I went to the store (or several stores) to find one, they were either filled with candy/chocolate or with toys that were too tiny and/or cheap. So, I made my own DIY advent calendar! I am of course, not the first to do this, and these punch through style advent calendar games are popular, but I thought this one turned out pretty hip, so I am sharing it with you.
– 25 Foam Cups
– 2.5″ Drill Saw Circle Attachment and Drill
– Colored Tissue Paper
– 25 Small Presents (Erases, Figures, Crayons, Note Pads, whistles, etc.)
– 25 Rubber bands
– Cardboard Poster Board (I used 28″ x 20″)
– Something to back or reinforce the cardboard with – I used a target shipped box a present came in.
– Strong glue or packing tape
Step 1: lay out cups in the shape of a tree on the back of the poster board and trace them (see pictures for layout).
Step 2: Drill a 2.5 inch circle in the center of each traded cup (see white side pictures).
Step 3: Layout cups and make sure all 25 small presents fit inside.
Step 3a: If you like, print out advent verses, stories or sayings for each cup. I used the free printable found on this website.
Step 4: put 2 layers of tissue over each cup – varying colors – and secure with a rubber band.
Step 5: Decorate the front of the board (I used snowflakes). I was also thinking of back lighting with led Christmas lights, but it turned out busy enough.
Step 6: Reinforce your board. I found a used shipping box that I cut at an angle to tilt the board slightly backward to secure the cups. For a second one I made for a niece, I did something similar with a large Styrofoam board from a shipped package. (See the last picture below).
Step 7: Stick those cups in the holes!
Step 8: Admire your hard work and convince the kid(s) that they have to wait for advent to punch the first cup.
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