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I remember when I was a child, every year my Mum would buy me and my sisters an advent calendar. It was made of cardboard, and behind each little square was Christmas themed chocolate. Every time I got a Santa chocolate, I would feel so bad about biting Santa’s face, and secretly pray that he wouldn’t get mad and decide not to bring me presents that year. 🙂 The Christmas countdown calendar was one of my favorite memories of the lead-up to Christmas, so naturally, I want to create something similar for my son. This year, he’s too young to really understand what’s going on, but next year I think he’ll have a better idea. My sister also has a little boy (just a month older than mine) and she created this easy, DIY Christmas countdown calendar for him that I wanted to share. I love it because it’s cheap, easy to make, and gives kids a visual reminder of how many days are left until Christmas. (And if you wanted to, you could also provide a little chocolate for each day 🙂 These Christmas chocolate molds would be perfect! )
What You’ll Need
(note – you might have a lot of things you need at home already. You can use any colored ribbon, cardstock, glitter, etc. that you like!)
25 wooden clothespins
1 piece of ribbon
1 medium-sized red foam circle (you can also buy foam sheets and cut into a circle – this would probably be cheaper)
1 sheet of red cardstock
1 sheet of dark green cardstock
1 sheet of light green cardstock
Christmas themed foam sticker for center decoration
How To Make It
This is my favorite thing about this DIY Christmas countdown calendar – it’s so easy to make!
- Cut your red foam into a circle (large enough to fit all 25 clothes pins)
- Cover it with Mod Podge and red glitter
- Cut 25 triangles out of your colored cardstock
- Using the white sharpie, decorate them and number them from 1 to 25
- Once your foam circle is dry, pierce a small hole in the top
- Thread your ribbon through the hole
- Place the clothespins around the circle
- Place the Christmas sticker in the middle
Easy as apple pie!