The holidays have a way of bringing out our crafty side. There’s something instinctual about using your hands to make something special at Christmas. Plus, with the cold weather, we need indoor activities to help get us through the dark and chilly winter months. If you’re looking for an arts and crafts project to do this holiday season, we’ve got several great ideas for art projects that actually lead to more art projects. Here are six arts and craft advent calendars you can make that feature artsy projects as the treats to keep you crafting all December long!
Idea #1: Christmas Tree Craft Advent Calendar
For this Christmas tree art advent calendar, the tree itself can easily be made using holiday-colored fabric. Use a different color fabric or felt to cut into squares that will be used for the pockets. Each pocket should be numbered (you can use stickers for that) and sewn or glued to the tree. You may also want to cut a piece of yellow felt into a star that can be moved as you count down the days until Christmas. Use a hole punch or glue gun to secure a piece of twine or yarn to the top of the tree to hang it where desired. Fill each day’s pocket with a written idea for another craft project. You can also mix in candy and even small art materials the project requires. You’ll need:
- Fabric or felt
- Twine Bows and ribbons for decoration
Idea #2: I Create Art Advent Calendar Art Supplies Box
If you want a new craft for all 24 days leading up to Christmas, I Create Art has a specially made art supply advent calendar that’s fun for ages five and up! This box includes 24 festive projects that spark the excitement of the Christmas countdown. The projects included are both fun and functional, involving activities from drawing and painting to sewing and sculpting. Plus, everything you need comes with the box.
Each art supply advent calendar box includes:
- 24 holiday-themed projects
- Quality brushes, paints, and paper
- Instructional videos to guide young artists through each project, making it the ideal box for creatives of any skill level
With each box, you’ll be able to make not only memories but Christmas keepsakes for family and friends!
Idea #3: Letter Arts and Crafts Advent Calendar
A letter advent calendar is a modern take on the traditional advent setup. Instead of drawers or pockets containing prizes, you put the contents you want to give into numbered envelopes that you can clip to yarn or twine. String the yarn or material of your choice flush against the wall and use mini clothespins or a similar item to attach each envelope. The envelopes should count down the days to Christmas and contain instructions for a craft.
- Colorful envelopes
- A white marker
- Yarn or twine
- Optional decorations like bows
This project is perfect for novice artists or younger creatives.
Idea #4: Mason Jar Craft Advent Calendar
A mason jar advent calendar is a quick way to make a creative advent calendar that contains all sorts of treats, future DIY projects, or small presents. If you’re someone who has a lot of jars, or if you want to buy and gift someone with a pack of jars they can reuse, this project is an ideal advent calendar alternative. You’ll place 24 jars into a container and number the lids. Inside each jar, you can put candy, art supplies, and craft ideas. Decorate the outside of the container you use so that it looks festive and the contents of the jars can’t be seen.
- 24 mason jars
- Jar lid labels
- Ribbon to wrap around each jar (optional)
- Festively colored duct tape or other material to cover the container
Idea #5: Chalkboard Arts and Crafts Advent Calendar
This art advent calendar is quick and simple to make. If you have a small chalkboard lying around, simply write the days of December on it in chalk, arranging the weeks in attractive rows. Writing in a beautiful font will make it all the more festive. Then, attach twine or a heavy string across the top of each week and use small clips to attach your item of choice over each day. To add extra Christmas decor to your home, you may want to attach small Christmas ornaments to represent each day. Or, you can increase the crafting fun by making the ornaments you’ll use!
- A chalkboard
- String or twine
- Bows or other decorations of your choice
Idea #6: Star Garland Arts Advent Calendar
Stars don’t just have to go on trees! This art advent calendar project involves turning small, paper star boxes of various sizes into a garland string. Each star is given a number, and you can put sweets or craft ideas inside each box. You can leave each box in the natural brown color it typically comes in when bought at craft stores, or you can paint them a Christmas color. When your boxes are done, use a hole punch or pin to make openings you can string twine through. This is the perfect project for those who want a beautiful holiday art project that also acts as more Christmas decor!
- Small, star-shaped boxes
- String or ribbon
- Number stickers
- Holepunch or pin