Use an old vintage ladder to make a fun DIY Christmas Advent Calendar with decorated muslin bags.
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I’m so excited to share this DIY Christmas Advent Calendar with you. When my kids were younger, I tried to make a new one each year, but may have given them the $1 chocolate advent calendars in a pinch.
I hate to admit that they probably loved them just as much as my handmade ones!
Nothing makes a kid happier than a chocolate treat.
You can see the Christmas Countdown Calendar that I shared for last year’s 12 Days of Christmas.
For this Christmas Advent Calendar I decided to use the vintage ladder that I shared a couple of years ago.
It sits in my living room to hold blankets, and with 6 rings, I knew it was the perfect size to hold 24 muslin treat bags!
You can see how I made the adorable Christmas Gnome with Dollar Store supplies here
Supplies Needed For Christmas Advent Calendar Ladder
- 24 – 4″x6″ Muslin Bags
- Classic Ornaments Transfer – Chalk Couture
- Chalk Couture Ink In Teal
- Chalk Couture Ink In Coral
Cut the Classic Ornaments transfers and place one on each individual muslin bag.
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“Fuzz” the transfer before placing it on the muslin bags. If you have never used Chalk Couture, here is a printable which shows the four simple steps for applying a transfer:
Use Chalk Couture Ink in teal or coral and a squeegee to transfer the image to each muslin bag. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Remove each transfer and rinse them off with cold water.
Fill each bag with goodies and add all 24 to the ladder rings.
Here is what they look like on the ladder:
There are so many different ideas for what to put in the Christmas advent calendar. Of course it depends on the ages of your kids.
Here are some ideas:
What To Put In A Christmas Advent Calendar Non-Candy
1. Christmas Squishies 24 Pack
2. Wind Up Christmas Toys
3. Christmas Advent Calendar Charms With Bracelet
4. Holiday Stampers 24 Pack
5. Jewelry Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar 22 Charms with 1 Bracelet and 1 Necklace for Kids
6. Miniature Ornaments For Kids – 26 Pieces
8.Harry Potter Advent Calendar – 24 pieces
9. Mini-Lego figurines
10. Hair Accessories, bows, clips, barrettes
11. Crayons, glitter pens, markers
12. Dollar Bills – maybe a $5 bill on day five!
14. Holiday cookie cutters
15. Mini-squirt guns
16. Friendship bracelets
17. Painted Rocks
19. Holiday Socks
20. Nail Polish in fun kid colors
21. Invisible Ink Pens
22. Light up necklaces, or bracelets
23. Magic Card Game
You may also want to check out these Advent Calendar ideas:
DIY Advent Calendar Ideas From House Beautiful
Handmade Advent Calendars from Martha Stewart
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