With the Kids

Quick and Easy Advent Calendar

Want to end squabbles between siblings over who gets to put up the advent ornament each day? How about making personal advent calendars so each kid can have one? This is also a great quick project for classrooms, scout packs, make and takes at holiday bazaars, or just a good fun craft activity to do with your children at home. You could also use it as a December reward chart, 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.

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. You can also just cut a tree out of construction paper if you can’t find the doilies, or don’t want to purchase them.



  • Construction paper
  • Tree doily or green construction paper
  • Christmas-themed stickers (24)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors, if needed

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).


Heather Mann is a regular contributor at Make and Takes. She’s is the mother of three boys, ages 3, almost 2, and newborn. She publishes Dollar Store Crafts, a daily blog devoted to hip crafting at dollar store prices, and CraftFail, a community blog that encourages crafters to share their not-so-successful craft attempts.


  1. Hello,I was the cool advent clendar counting down to christmas with the santa clause and I would not get it for some reason I guess I can’t get the pdf file and don’t know why,if you can tell me how to get it or download it or maybe sending me the page to my email the actually size of the page and I can print it then I hope it’s no bother,I would really appreciate it very much and I know my little 3 year old which will be 4 this friday will love to do this project. Again thank you in advance.


  2. Great idea!! the really (duh) on this is I have all the matterals for this and did not think of this. Thanks so much.

  3. I love this idea!!! We are doing this after school. This is perfect for us-I have 4 girls and one Advent calendar. They are pretty good at taking turns but now we could have our main one downstairs and they could also each have their own-this is brilliant!!!!! Thank you so much!!

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