Easy Chalkboard Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids

 As a family, we have always loved doing an advent calendar all through the month of December.  A few years ago I made a really easy one using an old antique ladder, and this year I wanted to make something different.  I wanted to include the kids.  I wanted to come up with easy advent calendar ideas for kids, and this chalkboard Christmas calendar fit the bill!

Looking for advent calendar ideas for kids?  Check out this easy chalkboard advent calendar for Christmas!

I have plenty of chalkboards laying around and I thought using one as a base would perfect addition to my advent calendar ideas for kids. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a chalkboard you could use an old picture frame as well.

This easy chalkboard advent calendar was quite easy to make and I love the way it turned out!

Here is what I used to make this advent calendar for kids:

Now, if you want to make your own paper bags, they are super easy to make.

Start by cutting your squares to make the paper bags. 

How to make an easy paper envelope out of butcher paper You fold them in thirds, with the top piece overlapping about a half of an inch.  You can use glue or tape to secure this now.

Make an easy paper envelope from butcher paper


Next, fold about 1 1/2 inches of the bag up. 

Make a simple handmade paper envelope. They are so easy!

Now you will open it up and fold the sides together, making a diamond shape. 

How to make a handmade paper envelope

Now fold the ends on the top and bottom pieces in toward the center, and they should overlap as well.

How to make a handmade paper envelope

You can use glue or tape to secure this as well.  I used a glue stick, but double sided tape works wonders as well!

Now you have your own little bag!  

Handmade paper envelopes for a simple Christmas advent calendar.

Once mine were all made, I numbered them.  You can use stencils if you want them to be perfect, but I just simply wrote them on with a magic marker.

Now its time to assemble the advent calendar.  

Make an easy Christmas advent calendar with a framed chalkboard

I ran 4 pieces of festive Christmas twine across the chalkboard, making sure they were evenly spaced.  I used duct tape to secure them to the back. 

With 4 rows, that means that each one needs 6 bags, and the last row will have 7. 

I made sure to use a red sharpie marker to draw my number 25!

I used clothespins to secure the little bags to the twine.

Simple framed chalkboard advent calendar

We like to add little notes and treats into our baggies.  Some advent calendar ideas for kids are:

  • read holiday story
  • go look at lights
  • build a gingerbread house
  • watch a Christmas movie
  • listen to Christmas music
  • do a scavenger hunt

The options are endless. 

Looking for easy advent calendar ideas for kids?  Check out this easy DIY chalkboard calendar!

I really love this easy chalkboard advent calendar and I cannot wait to use it this December!

Simple framed chalkboard advent calendar made with simple paper envelopes and clothespins to hang them.

Super easy chalkboard advent calendar! What a fun activity for your kids to do during the holidays.

I love creating a cozy and memorable Christmas for my family.  I put my heart into everything I do around our home.  If you want to see more of my Christmas DIY projects check out my super easy dropcloth stockings as well as my DIY vintage wooden sled! Both are perfect ways to add holiday decor to your home.

Need easy advent calendar ideas for kids?  Try this super easy chalkboard advent calendar!

Thanks so much for letting me spend some time with you today.  Have a great day!

Check out these other Christmas ideas:

Cozy Christmas Bedroom Home Tour

Neutral Farmhouse Style Christmas Tree

Red and White Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen and Dining Room

Ladder Advent Calendar -12 Days of Farmhouse Christmas


*This post was originally posted on I Heart Naptime*

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