DIY Advent Calendar

Last year I came across this adorable advent calendar from Twig and Thistle. We were already well into December and it was too late to make one. This year I’m bringing my ‘A’ game to Christmas and I knew I had to make one! I picked up a pack of Wilton 2″ favor tins months ago and have been waiting for Christmastime to arrive.

DIY Printable Advent Calendar

DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar Tutorial

The supplies to make this are pretty straight forward:

  • 2″ Favor tins
  • Card stock
  • Modge Podge
  • Chocolate candies
  • 12×12 frame
  • 12×12 metal sheet

First, print the advent calendar number printable.  <<Free Printable Download Below!!>>

Use a 2″ circle punch.  My favorite paper punch is this squeeze punch by Fiskars because you can see your design and align it how you want before you make the punch.  It works fantastic!  If you have a crafter in your life – consider this for a Christmas gift.  They’ll love you forever!

Cover each circle number in Modge Podge.

Put Modge Podge’d circle in the tin lid and allow to dry.

The lid is kind of loose on the tin, so I flattened the bottom of the tin slightly so the top fit snug.  The top of the tin will cover the flattened part, so don’t worry about an odd shaped tin.

I love the idea of having a family activity advent. Hopefully we will be able to keep up with it all.  I punched out some circles with Christmas traditions and activities and taped it to the bottom of the tin. <<Free Printable Download Below!!>>

I placed some chocolate treats inside the tin.

I used a simple, elegant winter themed scrapbook paper as a background for the advent tins.

I placed my scrapbook paper on top of the 12×12 calendar metal sheet I have used for my magnetic monthly calendar and put it in a 12×12 frame.

DIY Advent Calendar Supplies

Free Printable Advent Calendar Numbers

To download this printable, select the button with the arrow pointing down.

Free Printable Family Christmas Activities

To download this printable, select the button with the arrow pointing down.

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  1. says

    Found you over at Whipperberry’s link party. Love your advent tins! I linked up an advent calendar using square tins, but our projects are so different! I LOVE the labels you put inside the tins! I was going to just fold up strips of card stock with the activities on them and stuff them in; your idea is so much better! Thank you for sharing!

  2. karen says

    I love the project – perfect formy granddaughters. When I clidk on the pdf link to download the darling numbers – I just get a gray square with nothing in it. Any ideas?? I’d love to make it this week :)

    Thank you –

  3. Cassie says

    Where do you guys find your metal sheets? last time I did a magnetic project I got some at home depot. But it was quite the process..I keep thinking there has got to be an easier way to find some!

  4. Kristi says

    I love this idea! Printed the numbers and just got the Wilton tins…but are the tins supposed to be magnetic or did you add magnets to the back?

  5. Nici says

    This is probably a stupid question, but how do the tins stay on the board? The 2″ tins I found at Hobby Lobby are not magnetic. Is the metal sheet you’re buying magnetic? Thanks.

  6. DiannaD says

    Hi! I just wanted you to know that I used this printable last year for a countdown calendar and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jen says

    Hi there! I’m having trouble downloading your printable. Any tips? I love this project. It’s so cute! I plan to make one for counting down to Halloween, one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas. My son will love it!

    • says

      I just figured it out. If you right click on the printable you can select to print document. They print out full size. Can’t wait to put this together!

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