Count down to Christmas with this DIY magnetic advent calendar idea! Perfect for small spaces, this advent calendar can house small gifts, treats, or be an activity advent calendar and leaves no holes in the wall- perfect for renters!
It’s that time! Chriiiistmas time!! Is the excitement over the top? The countdown is on… and the official advent countdown is on starting December 1st if you’re an advent calendar family!
I hope that gets you excited and not stressed. I’m somewhere in between right now, but fun projects like this are helping me get more excited. Growing up we always had the best advent calendars. My grandma made us a felt advent calendar and my mom filled it with all sorts of goodies. I’d love for my kids to have that same experience… but they’re not old enough to get that yet, so I decided I’d put one together for my Hubby instead.
A girlfriend and I got together last week and crafted these- I’m so happy with how they turned out! We were inspired by this envelope tree advent calendar but wanted to be able to put little treats in so decided on little boxes instead. The trouble with cute little boxes? Tape doesn’t hold them onto my wall… especially not with goodies in there. Since I wasn’t ready to put 24 holes in my wall to hold the boxes on I had to get thinking.
When I saw this advent taped to the fridge I thought… magnets! And it worked like a charm :) So if you’re thinking of making one of your own here’s what you’ll need:
- Favor boxes (mine are 2″ x 3″)
- Magnets (you can get them from the dollar store- 8 to a pack)
- Markers for numbering
- Decorations- Washi tape, bakers twine, bells, kraft paper, plaid fabric, pom poms etc.
- Goodies to fill your calendar
Wedding favour boxes are super quick to assemble so they come together quickly. Mine came in a box of 100 but since I was sharing with a friend (and I had a 50% off coupon) it was worth it to get that size. When they’re all assembled, you can get to numbering them and decorating!
I used washi tape on a lot of them (I love that nordic reindeer!) as well as gold and bronze sharpies. I decided I needed a bit more dimension to a few so I brought out the bakers twine and some plaid material I had kicking around.
The kraft paper is actually packaging labels (you can buy a roll at the dollar store and it has adhesive on one side- no gluing required).
I had fun playing around with lettering and numbers- I tried to make them all different styles. It was great to do this with a friend so we could copy each other’s ideas.
Once you have them all decorated you can have fun filling them. Instead of spending a bunch of money on treats to fill them (I did put treats in some) I used the washi tape to dress up some card stock and put activities in a lot of them. Which is probably a good thing, because nobody needs that much candy… but sometimes I need a reminder to take a break and have a date night.
But maybe check it against your calendar to make sure you don’t have a daytime activity planned for a work day!
So once you’ve filled your advent boxes, you can put them on your fridge! It took two of the craft magnets per box to get them to stay without sliding. I also used some of my regular magnets which held a bit stronger so those ones only took one. I arranged my advent calendar to look like a tree and love the cheer it brings to my fridge now.
That’s it! Pretty quick and simple but it will give you something to look forward to every morning until Christmas. So well worth the time if you ask me. I’d love to know if this is a tradition you look forward to! Do you stick to the chocolate ones or do you like to craft something a bit more special?
How to display an activity advent calendar
Other than this magnetic advent calendar, I have created my fair share of advent calendars over the years to house activity cards. I love to switch activities instead of chocolates. You can find a large list of ideas if you would like to do the same right here.
The last few years, I’ve stuck to my free printable mini envelopes displayed on our dining room mini tree, but here’s some ideas for you!
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