Kids can help make this easy advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas.
Homemade Advent Calendar
Credit: Francesco Lagnese

What You'll Need

  • Bulletin board that's at least 22"x26"
  • 48 small white paper cups ($3 for 20;
  • Pushpins
  • 1 package white tissue paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Number rubber stamps and ink pads
  • Paper towel
  • Glue stick
  • 24 assorted treats (such as candies and small toys)
  • 4.5" star box lid ($2;
  • Sponge brush
  • Ribbon

Make it:

  1. Lay out 24 cups face-up in tree shape. Pin center of each cup to board. Leave about 5? of space at top of board.
  2. Cut tissue paper into 3?-wide strips for easier handling. Lightly trace the top of a cup 24 times on tissue paper.
  3. Lay a paper towel under tissue-paper strips. Lightly stamp numbers 1 to 24 in the center of circles. Cut out circles.
  4. Apply the glue stick to the rim of a loose cup. Place a treat on top of a face-down numbered circle, then press the glued edge of cup onto the circle; let dry. Repeat for all 24 loose cups.
  5. Insert numbered cups in a random order into cups attached to the board.
  6. Press sponge brush onto ink pad and dab ink onto star box lid. Let dry; hang on a pushpin above the tree.
  7. Optional: Line edges of board with ribbon. Pin ends to back of the board.

Originally published in the December 2012 issue of Parents magazine

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