Make a Quick Kiddie Advent Calendar

I used a tree doily (a pack of 20 for $1 at the dollar store), and some holiday foam stickers (also from the dollar store) to make a quick advent calendar for my 2 year-old son. I am actually going to use this for his reward chart (stickers for good behavior) instead of an advent calendar, but I can see this as a great quick project for classrooms, scout packs, holiday faires, or just for fun at home. It could also end squabbles between siblings over who gets to put the advent ornament up each day. Just make one tree for each kid!

To make: glue a doily on a complementary colored background paper.

  • Gluing tip: I used a glue stick. Apply with a light hand, especially if it’s one of those stiff/sticky glue sticks, or you’ll tear the doily. I used the edge of the glue stick and applied it in long strokes along each edge and in the middle. To affix to paper, smooth doily lightly out from center onto paper.

For an advent calendar: stick one sticker on tree per day (number the stickers, if desired).

These would also be cute classroom decorations, or just decorations for your little one’s bedroom. You could also adapt this project to make simple Christmas cards with your kids.