This year my boys have been requesting individual advent calendars so that they’ll each have the thrill of opening up something special each day. We’ve always used one shared calendar, but I have to admit that I like the idea of them each using their own this time around (no more squabbling!). I bought my oldest son a Lego advent calendar, and my middle kiddo will be using my screen printed advent calendar drawers filled with fun goodies like these mini Minecraft figures. For my five-year-old, I decided to whip up an easy advent calendar using red and green vending machine capsules to match our “Christmas candy” holiday mantel.
Coincidentally, this craft idea came to me just in time for the November monthly craft challenge organized by Major Hoff Takes a Wife. The theme this month was advent calendars!
What You’ll Need:
- 24-25 Vending Machine Capsules with red and green lids
- Baker’s Twine
- Martha Stewart Paint – white, red, green and gold glitter
- Number Stickers (I cut mine out of silver glitter vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo machine)
- Drill with 1/8″ bit
- Lots of candy and little toy trinkets to fill the capsules
Use a paint dauber or the flat eraser end of a pencil to create polka dots of red, gold and green on the outside of the capsules. Allow to dry.
Drill two small holes into each capsule lid, and string them on to a length of baker’s twine.
For even more great DIY advent calendar ideas, be sure to check out these ideas from some of my friends!