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Gwen loves the colorful boxes advent calendar - Colorful Houses DIY Advent Calendar by top Houston lifesyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth #diy #christmas #advent #holiday #decor #idea #howto #kids #crafts
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Easy DIY Kids Advent Calendar

This colorful village makes for a great reusable kids advent calendar that's easy to make and store!
Total Time45 mins
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Holidays
Keyword: kids advent calendar
Servings: 1 calendar
Cost: $40


  • Paint brushes



  • 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.
  • Now fill each box with goodies and display!


As far as ideas for what to put in a kids advent calendar, these are a few of my favorites —
  • Holiday-themed snacks
  • Lego city blocks
  • Toy mini figures and characters
  • Stickers
  • Mini playdough tubs
  • Bath toys
  • Small kids accessories, such as hair ties or chapsticks
  • Mini coloring notepads
  • Candies
Really the sky is the limit on what to gift in these!