In this post, I will show you how to create this fun, custom DIY Advent Calendar! I love Christmas, and half the fun for me is the anticipation, which is why I am super-excited to share this idea with you! One of the best things about making your own is that you can customize the treats and trinkets depending on the recipient!
I am also stoked to have a calendar worthy of display this year; it is going to add such a fun touch to my Christmas décor (definitely more whimsical than the cardboard Ninja Turtles one that cluttered my kitchen counter last year)! My Son loves the cute little gingerbread men, and can’t wait to start opening all the compartments!
I had a blast coming up with and creating this Christmas DIY because it ties together my love of baking, crafting, and Christmas; for me, it’s a DIY trifecta! Keep scrolling, and I will show you exactly how I turned ordinary felt into almost good-enough-to-eat Christmas cookies!
DIY Advent Calendar
For this project, you will need:
24 count mini muffin tin (like this one on Amazon)
Felt in colors cream, light brown, medium-reddish brown, and black
Old magnets or stick-on, self-adhesive type magnets (like these ones on Amazon)
Puff paint in green, red, white, and brown
White acrylic paint
Small cookie cutters or stencils (make sure they are appropriately-sized to cover the tin openings)
Candy and trinkets (for filling)
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Trace the cookie cutters or stencils and cut out 24 felt shapes.
I made a few different kinds of cookies: For the chocolate chip cookies, just dot brown puff paint on the light brown felt.
For the crinkle cookies, use the black felt, and make lines with white paint, then water down a little paint and lightly brush over the cookie until it looks like powdered sugar.
For the sugar cookies, use a thin coat of white glue with glitter.
For the gingerbread men and decorated sugar cookies, decorate with puff paint like you would with frosting.
Lastly, I used a few jewel stickers to add some extra flair! This part is so fun; let your imagination run wild!
Let your felt cookies dry for several hours. Once they are dry, affix your magnets to the backs of each cookie near the edges (to be sure they will stick to the tin).
Fill the tins with trinkets and place the cookies over the top in your desired order!
This Christmas craft was genuinely relaxing for me and I hope it will be for you, too! With November nearly halfway gone, be sure to share this post with your friends so that they won’t be stuck with those unsightly cardboard box-style Advent Calendars this year!
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