This DIY Kids Advent Calendar is easy to recreate and gives you plenty of room for hiding goodies for the countdown to Christmas…
While shopping for gifts can be last minute, a kids advent calendar is always a fun way to help keep the kids occupied during the Christmas countdown!
We’re not going to lie to you, we pretty much have zero chill when it comes to Christmas.
We’re like a PTA Mom with unlimited time and way too much caffeine.
Except, we’re actually neither of those things.
What we do have is a DIY advent calendar idea that’s worth writing home about, though.
While our kids are still too young to actually have any understanding of an advent calendar, we still find joy in it and love the idea of starting our first family traditions!
The good thing about this advent calendar is that they’re all made from mini boxes that actually hold a pretty substantial amount.
(Plus, we have a trick for displaying them on our temporary shelves for the holidays below!)
So you don’t have to worry about not having something for everyone with bigger families in mind.
Plus a lot of advent calendars are so small you can barely tuck a token inside!
Also, we’re shamelessly really into this color scheme so there’s that too.
What Is An Advent Calendar?
An advent calendar is a really fun way to get kids involved in the holiday excitement!
It’s basically a fun countdown calendar for kids to countdown to Christmas.
“Advent” actually refers to the four Sundays and weeks of the 24 days leading up to Christmas.
Some kid’s advent calendars are really simple and some are more elaborate.
They usually come with tokens inside as mini gifts along the way.
For ours, we filled them with fun snacks for each day so they go to good use without seeming to spoil the purity of gift-giving during the holiday season.
It’s a simple tradition that’s meant to bring a little excitement along the way like the elf on a shelf theme.
DIY Kids Advent Calendar Materials and Tools
This advent calendar features 24 mini cardboard houses made from boxes. It makes it really easy to store and reuse year after year since it’s durable and holds plenty of goodies!
Goodies to put inside!
Keep in mind that you can customize these boxes as much or as little as you’d like! It doesn’t have to be a super time-consuming holiday project.
Just light the Christmas tree, put on some holiday music, and let the kids help decorate them!
How To Make A DIY Kids Advent Calendar
Okay, so technically this DIY advent calendar is literally as easy as painting cardboard houses and putting some numbers on the front, but if you want to get extra fancy with it you can!
We painted the box bases and lids all white and sprinkled fake snow on the tops of the roof while they were still wet to act as glue to hold the snow on.
Once the white all dried, we painted thin stripes on each house in varying colors, let dry, and then put gold number stickers on the fronts.
Because you’ll need so many boxes, I definitely recommend these temporary adhesive strip wall shelves to display the houses on!
They’re sleek, easy to put up, and easy to take down without damaging the wall once the holidays are over.
Now all you have to do is fill your advent boxes and enjoy!
What to Put in an Advent Calendar
Not every holiday-themed advent calendar needs to come with a plethora of gifts.
That said, it does keep the kids entertained and excited about the countdown!
You can buy a lot of store-bought advent calendars that come pre-filled with small tokens.
Some popular ones are made by Meri Meri, Melissa & Doug, or the Fisher Price Little People Advent Calendar.
As far as ideas for what to put in a kids advent calendar, these are a few of my favorites —
Toy mini figures and characters
Small kids accessories, such as hair ties or chapsticks
Mini coloring notepads
Really the sky is the limit on what to gift in these!
Again, our mini house advent calendar gives you a lot of opportunities to include a variation of items since they hold quite a bit.
Tips for Creating Your Own Advent Calendar
Plan ahead of time:
Make sure you start planning for your advent calendar well in advance.
You will need time to find all of the supplies and create the structure.
Find one that fits with your family:
Make sure to find an advent calendar that matches your personal beliefs, as well as those of your family.
Some families may want a religious-themed calendar, while others may prefer a Christmas-themed calendar.
More Christmas DIYs and Ideas
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions or advent calendar ideas that you love?! Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
It’s so fun getting to see how everyone else celebrates the holidays, and I’d love to know what some of your favorite advent ideas are.
You can also find more of my favorite Christmas DIYs and ideas right here —
- Our DIY colorful front door Christmas decor
- Easy Christmas scavenger hunt game
- DIY Jumbo garland outdoor Christmas decor
- Mini wooden Christmas trees
- Bottle brush tree Christmas centerpiece ideas
- Giant pom pom Christmas tree decor
DIY Kids Advent Calendar
- Thick paintbrush for the base color of the houses
- Thin paintbrush for the stripes
- 25 mini cardboard houses
- Craft paint in the colors of your choice
- Gold number stickers
- Fake snow optional for the roofs
- Goodies to put inside
- Paint the box bases and lids all white and sprinkled fake snow on the tops of the roof while they were still wet to act as glue to hold the snow on.
- Paint the houses in your color of choice. We pained our white. Once the white all dried, we painted thin stripes on each house in varying colors. Allow to dry.
- Add gold number stickers on the fronts to represent the days until Christmas.
- Now fill each box with goodies and display!