DIY: Christmas Advent Calendar {23 Days of Handmade Christmas}

The countdown to Christmas is on!  Here is an easy, inexpensive advent calendar that you can fill with anything you’d like.  With 3 kids, I had to figure out something I could use for all of them in one.  Each of these cups is large enough for me to put 3 items in each one!  Here is a tutorial to get you set up!


  • Foam Board
  • Party Cups (I used red and green)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Lots of fun stuff to fill them with!  Candy, party favors, etc.!
  • Circle Cutter (makes it easier, but not required, you can just use scissors to cut them out)
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Embellishments
advent calendarFirst you want to cut out your circles to fit on the top of your cups.  You can either use a circle cutter like I show above, or you can just scissors.  If you are using scissors, just use a cup to trace the top opening then cut around.
advent calendarFill your cups with little things that the kids will receive each day.  I stopped at the Dollar Tree and picked up little pieces of candy and toys from the party favors section.
advent calendarBefore gluing the circles on, you may number them.  This isn’t a necessity, but I like to be able to see how many days are left.
Use your glue stick to put a good layer of glue around the edges of each circle to attach to the cups.
Put the circles on each cup as you go.  Allow them to fully dry before going to the next step.  Make sure you keep checking them as they dry to ensure the paper doesn’t lift up at all.  I had to reglue some of mine.
Add hot glue around the bottom edges of each cup and glue in place.  Make sure you have them lined up before you put it down because you won’t be able to move them.  From here just add your embellishments and you are ready to go!  Let your kids open one cup a day.  They can do a kind of, punch game out of it.
Now that you’ve seen my Advent Calendar, please visit Amanda at Midwestern Moms and Sadie at Randomosity to see their amazing Advent Calendars!  




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