Happy December! We made an Advent Calendar this year, in my favorite color scheme, aqua + red. I had been admiring these calendars on Etsy, but I didn’t want to spend that much. I used Kraft paper jewelry boxes that I had on hand, and decorated them with washi tape and red sticker letters and numbers. This is where I got the cardboard boxes. They come in a case of 100. If you don’t need that many, you may be able to find them at a craft store individually. Update: Of course Amazon sells them, too! I have all the links at the end.
I found large wooden letters to spell JOY, painted them red, and affixed everything to a piece of hobby wood I got at JoAnn’s for about $3.00 with my trusty hot glue gun. It was pretty simple, it just took awhile to decorate each individual box.
Done! Since I had the boxes already, it was relatively inexpensive. I’ve used this calendar in a few different ways since. The first year, I simply filled the boxes with stickers, chocolate and tiny toys.
The next year we did Truth in the Tinsel (affiliate link), so I did it a little differently. Truth in the Tinsel is a Advent daily craft activity for kids and parents to do together.
For each day there is a word that relates to the Advent story, like “light,” or “star” and then a corresponding Bible passage to read and an ornament to make. When we did Truth in the Tinsel, I hid a piece of candy and the word printed out on a small scrap of paper in each box. My son LOVES Truth in the Tinsel and I can’t say enough good things about it!
The ornaments are super cute and really help reinforce the details of the Christmas story in little one’s minds.