Craftmas: DIY advent calendar 🎄

If you’re after a craft activity that also gives you a reusable calendar for years to come and the chance to control what goes into your advent calendar then have a go at making your own calendar.

This easy craft idea is one to get the kids involved with (but not when it comes to the filling part!). You’ll need a lot of cardboard tubes, so get gathering in advance and adapt to different shapes if you like. We really like filling ours with I.O.U vouchers – gifting family time is a great thing during one of the busiest times of the year!

Ideas for filling:
  • Break apart a lego kit and pop a bit into different holes (try to keep the pieces in order so they build a bit each day but it doesn’t have to have a piece in every day!)
  • Make your own chocolates and wrap up or use chocolate coins
  • I.O.U vouchers – write out I.O.U’s for things like a cinema trip, choose your favourite meal, a trip ice skating
  • Craft items or stationary like rubbers, stamps, buttons
  • Stickers
  • Trump or football cards
  • Pokemon cards
You’ll need:
  • Lots of cardboard tubes like loo roll or kitchen paper tubes
  • A thick piece of cardboard
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Masking or paper tape
  • Glue
  • A pencil or pen
  • Silver or gold pen

Follow the steps below to make your advent tree. Don’t forget to keep a note when filling the tubes with what goes where if you’re breaking apart a lego kit, or if you want to build to a bigger item on a specific date!

Once it’s been used up, store and re-fill & cover the next year!

Happy craftmas! x Laura