How to Make an Advent Calendar

Sure, you can buy one, but making an Advent calendar is a nice family project—and you can use better treats!

You will need

  • A large piece of cardboard or poster board
  • 24 small containers such as cardboard boxes and envelopes
  • Art supplies (ex. markers
  • paints
  • stickers) to decorate your calendar
  • A glue gun
  • And 24 small treats
  • like candy or toys

Step 1 Decorate board Decorate a piece of cardboard or poster board large enough to hold 24 small boxes, envelopes, or pouches. The containers should be large enough to hold a little treat.

Step 2 Decorate containers Decorate your containers. The possibilities are endless: You could paint them, draw patterns, cover them with sequins–use your imagination.

Step 3 Number containers Number the containers 1 to 24 by whatever means you like–construction paper cutouts, magic marker, holiday stickers, and so on.

Step 4 Glue containers Glue the containers to the cardboard. You can arrange them randomly or in a pattern.

Step 5 Add surprises In each container, place a surprise–like a piece of candy or small toy.

Step 6 Begin in December On December 1st, begin opening a container a day, starting with the one labeled “1.”

Step 7 Continue opening daily Continue this fun daily ritual until the final box is opened on Christmas Eve!