Well, I am in full Christmas mode over here. There are many reasons for this. First, we all need a bit more joy this year, and the earlier the better in my opinion. Second, as a blogger, I start my Christmas decorating much earlier than most so that I can get great holiday content out to you as soon as possible! Today I am sharing something our family loves to do, a yearly advent calendar DIY. Now, I know I can easily purchase something online, or pick up something at the store, but making it a bit more personal and you can get the kids involved.
Over the past couple years, I have shared many easy and inexpensive ways to create advent calendar DIYs:
The great thing about these is that I created them so that they could be reusable. The basic structure may change from year to year, but I have something that makes it easy to create every year.
I originally created some small muslin bags, which I stamped the monthly numbers on. You can see how I made these in my Scandinavian Inspired DIY advent calendar.
They were so easy to make, and you don’t even need to be able to sew! I used a hot glue gun to make these.
I can now use them yearly and change up how I use them.
This year, I really wanted to create something I would maybe consider a piece of art on the wall as well as a fun focal point for our kids.
I created a Christmas tree structure using twigs from my backyard. I didn’t even have to cut any off the trees, these were ones that had been shed from the trees naturally, so I was doing double duty cleaning up the yard at the same time.
Tree trimmers were used to cut the twigs to length. I anticipated 7 different branches all gradually getting larger as they descended the wall, like a Christmas tree.
The supplies I used to make this Christmas tree advent calendar DIY are:
- tree branches
- simple twine
- handmade fabric bags or store bought bags 3 by 5 inches apx.
- favorite decor items, I used dried orange garland, bells, and some greenery. These give it the Scandinavian touches I was looking for
- Treats or papers to add to the bags with your daily messages or treats.
I started by cutting a very long piece of twine and finding the center. Then, I tied the center of the twine to the smallest piece of twig, which is about 3-4 inches. This is the top of the tree. Next, hang it on a nail on the wall so you can make you life easier and make it easier to tie the rest. It will also give you an exact place to tie them.
Now tie one side of the branch and then line up the other side and tie it. Do not cut the twine, you will use one continuous line to tie all the twigs.
And keep doing this until you have as many rows as you need. I did 7.
Once you have all your branches tied, you cannot decorate! I wanted mine to have an organic feel, where the bags weren’t neatly lines up but nestled into each row in different spots. I used my twine to tie the bags to the branches.
I left the center row empty of advent bags and just decorated it with dried oranges and bell garland.
This is a fun way to create a Christmas tree if you can’t get one in your home.
My kids are already super excited to get to use this advent calendar this year. I like to alternate adding treats in some of the bags, and then add some fun activities in some such as:
- read a Christmas book
- go look at Christmas lights
- make Christmas cookies
- make snowman pizza
- watch The Elf
…..and I could go on and on. I try to plan it so that the days we may be extra busy, they just get a treat.
This is probably my most favorite advent calendar to date! I love that they can be used as a part of your home decor while serving a dual purpose. They are so fun to create and it is one of our most favorite holiday traditions.
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