How to Make an Advent Calendar

Kids can help make this easy advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas.

Watch this video to learn how to make an advent calendar that your family can use every Christmas.

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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