DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendars

Are you looking for a fun alternative to a sugar filled chocolate advent calendar this Christmas? Make our DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar’s instead.

diy christmas tree advent calendars

Making an advent calendar with your child is a brilliant way to help them deal with the excitement and anticipation of waiting for Christmas. I’m sure you can remember how it felt when you were a child in the run up to Christmas Day. It couldn’t come soon enough for me and my sister!

Providing your child with a visual aid to count down the days, will help to show them how much time they have left to wait before Santa arrives with their presents. This year we have been busy making Christmas Tree Advent Calendars with a fun sibling twist.

Over here at Crafty Kids at Home we are all about getting all of your kids involved in the same arts and crafts activity. We are all busy parents and care givers and we don’t always have the time to set up a different activity for each of our children. With a bit of careful planning and tweaking, it is possible to adapt many different activities to make them suitable to do with all of your children together. When planning our DIY Advent Calendars this year, this was very much at the forefront of my mind. So together with my 6 and 8 year sons, we came up with a great idea for a project that they could work on not only together, but also for each other.

Last year all three of my children got involved in making these quirky Bubble Wrap Salt Dough Christmas Tree Decorations.

How to make DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendars

Instead of making an advent calendar for themselves, we decided it would be more fun for the boys to make one for each other. That way the pictures and messages behind the doors would be a nice surprise each morning for both of them. This also provided a great way continue with teaching the boys about the importance of giving to others at Christmas and being thankful and appreciative of what they themselves receive from others.

We began by drawing outlines for the Christmas Trees with pencil before painting (Liam) and colouring (Freddie) each tree.

The boys were then sent to opposite end of the the room to add on their stickers, pictures and messages to the 24 white circles of paper which I had prepared for them earlier.

My 8 year old son Liam has some very interesting activities for his brother to complete…

DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendars

Freddie (6) was a little more traditional and put pictures behind his doors using some cheap stickers that I picked up when I was out grocery shopping.

DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendars

We then glued 24 coloured circles of paper over the pictures and messages and added on numbers to the “baubles” to finish them off.

DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendars

They are all ready and waiting now for December 1st to arrive and then they can start on their Christmas Countdown.

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Here are lots more ideas for DIY Countdown Calendars check out these ideas:

DIY Snowmen Advent Calendar from Rainy Day Mum
Story Book Advent Calendar from Adventures of Adam
Countdown to Christmas with Number & Math from 3 Dinosaurs
Vintage Inspired Christmas Countdown from The Gingerbread House
Christ Centered Advent for Preschoolers from Tales of Beauty for Ashes
Free Printable Advent Calendar from The Creative Pair
Winter Snowflakes Advent Calendar from My Bright Firely
Advent Acts of Kindness Free Printables from Mum in the Madhouse
Printable Family Activities Advent Calendar from Creative Family Fun
Easy Countdown Card from Peakle Pie
Elf Advent Houses from Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Christmas Cookies Advent Calendar from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Christmas Carol Advent Printable from Mama Smiles
Rustic Farmhouse Style Advent Calendar and Card Holder from Teach Me Mommy

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  • Cassie November 23, 2015, 12:40 pm

    That is a very cute idea. I love how you put it together!

  • Cerys November 23, 2015, 2:23 pm

    So cute – I love the little circles and objects below.

  • Sarah November 24, 2015, 1:01 am

    Wonderful and simple family focused idea! Perfect for kids.

  • Terri November 24, 2015, 3:32 am

    What a very sweet idea! I love that it’s all kid-created!

  • Colleen November 24, 2015, 3:52 am

    I love kid-made stuff at Christmas! Well, any time of year actually!

  • Jen Walshaw November 24, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Oh this is adorable and you make it look so easy

  • Nadia November 24, 2015, 12:49 pm

    This is special, love it!

  • Catherine - Sun Hats & Wellie Boots November 24, 2015, 1:07 pm

    What a beautiful tree! Love how your kids created it ♥

  • tracey witts November 24, 2015, 2:25 pm

    what a fun and great idea x

  • maryanne at mama smiles November 24, 2015, 5:21 pm

    This is a very cute idea! I love that it is easy to execute and that it gets siblings focusing on one another.

  • Jen November 24, 2015, 7:37 pm

    What a sweet idea for siblings to do for each other. Have to see what my girls can come up with.

  • Natasha November 24, 2015, 8:45 pm

    Love this idea and love how it’s put together. I bet this was fun to make and will be even more fun with each day.

  • Laura November 24, 2015, 9:48 pm

    Love how the brothers got creative and attentive to each other! Great Advent calendar!

  • Heather H November 25, 2015, 3:27 am

    I love the idea of siblings making each other an advent calendar. That will really get them in the spirit of Christmas!

  • Mary Catherine November 30, 2015, 2:08 am

    Lovely, lovely idea! My son’s an only child, but I bet he would love to make this for his best bud!

  • Helen from Peakle Pie December 3, 2015, 2:42 pm

    Lovely idea for a child made calendar.

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