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Make A Fun DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ladder

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Use an old vintage ladder to make a fun DIY Christmas Advent Calendar with decorated muslin bags.

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Christmas Advent Calendar

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.

vintage ladder advent calendar

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!

full size ladder with canvas bags for christmas advent calendar

You can see how I made the adorable Christmas Gnome with Dollar Store supplies here

Supplies Needed For Christmas Advent Calendar Ladder

canvas bags from Burlap Fabric


Step 1.

Cut the Classic Ornaments transfers and place one on each individual muslin bag.  

chalk couture christmas tags transfer

chalk couture christmas transfer on canvas bag

Step 2.

“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:

chalk couture transfer tips

Step 3.

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.

chalk paste being used on canvas bag

Step 4.

Remove each transfer and rinse them off with cold water. 

Step 5.

Fill each bag with goodies and add all 24 to the ladder rings. 

canvas bags for advent calendar with drawstring

Here is what they look like on the ladder:

full size ladder with canvas bags for christmas advent calendar

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.

vintage ladder advent calendar

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!
13. Bubbles
14. Holiday cookie cutters
15. Mini-squirt guns
16. Friendship bracelets
17. Painted Rocks
18. Slinky
19. Holiday Socks
20. Nail Polish in fun kid colors
21. Invisible Ink Pens
22. Light up necklaces, or bracelets
23. Magic Card Game
24. Yo-yo’s

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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Dorothy Boucher

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I love the advent bags, I would probably filled them up with scriptures. @tisonlyme143

Roseann Hampton

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

So cute! Such great ideas for filling each day!


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I love the idea of hanging festive muslin bags on a vintage ladder for an advent calendar! It has such a charming farmhouse vibe that I love for an old fashioned Christmas. Pinned :)

Cherryl Ehlenburg

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

I love the ladder idea! And I'm pretty sure my kids probably received as many chocolate calendars as they did homemade--and probably liked them better!


Wednesday 20th of November 2019

The stenciling on this cute bags is stunning and I love the presentation with the ladder! Amazing tutorial, Michelle! Pinned.

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