Easy DIY Christmas Countdown Project

by Alli

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It’s Day 3 and we are sharing DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar Ideas!

When my kids were little, I had an Advent Christmas Tree that I purchased from Avon. The little tree lit up,  turned round and round and had little drawers with mini ornaments. Each day, beginning on December 1st, the kids would open the numbered drawer, remove the ornament and place it on the tree. I still have that old tree. It no longer twirls around and a couple of the ornaments are missing, but we still love it.

A few days ago I had a slumber party with the grandkids while their parents toured Biltmore, all decked out in her holiday splendor. The grandkids always enjoy a good craft project so we decided to make a DIY Advent Calendar.

Christmas Countdown DIY

DIY Christmas Countdown

This DIY Christmas Countdown is a fun project for the younger grandkids. All you need is small Chinese takeout boxes and my free printable numbered Christmas trees. You’ll also need small toys to fill the boxes, but the kids or grandkids can’t help you with that part.

I purchased my Chinese takeout boxes from Amazon, but you can get them at any hobby store. You get 24 in the package so it’s perfect for my DIY Christmas Countdown project.

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Print out these free Christmas trees and let the kids cut them out. Christmas-Tree-Countdown

My sweet husband ended up cutting out all the trees because the grandkids had rather glue the trees than cut them out. I guess it’s a boy thing. My husband asked me why I chose a tree with all the different angles instead of a plain triangle. I just laughed and laughed.

DIY Christmas Countdown Fun

My trees were a tad bigger than the boxes so I ended up cutting the trunk of the tree off. Again, it’s all good and sometimes you have to make changes as you go along.

Help the kids glue the trees onto the boxes with Elmer’s glue (kid friendly).

After filling the boxes will small toys, I like to place them in a basket so that every day the kids have to dig through the basket until they find the correct date. Or, I could place them in the shape of a Christmas tree on a small table.

Easy DIY Christmas Countdown Craft

Here are some ideas for non-candy fillers.

  • Money
  • Mini Cars
  • Legos
  • Coupons
  • Outdoor Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Earrings
  • Hair Ties
  • Charms
  • Trading Cards

Scroll down for many more DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar Ideas for your holiday season!