12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

25 days? Who has time for that? A 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is something we all have time to craft up! So let’s do this!!!

25 days? Who has time for that? A 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar is something we all have time to craft up! So let's do this!!!

If you didn’t have time to whip up a traditional 25 day advent calendar, you’re in luck! This is a crafty 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar that’s easy to put together, and it’s one that you can keep from year to year. And maybe next year you can craft-up the other 13 days!

Here’s what you need:
12 recycled containers
spray primer
spray paint (whatever colors you like)
number stickers

Container suggestions:
hair or beauty product containers
mint tins
candy containers

margarine tubs (the square ones, like Earth Balance)
baby food jars

When picking out a container, think about the surprises that you’ll be putting into them. Will it be a small stuffed animal, an ornament or a treat? Keep those things in mind. Also, make sure it has a lid and a flat surface for the numbers.

12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

Here’s how you put it all together:

  1. Separate the tops and lids from your container.
  2. Stuff the inside of your containers with paper so you don’t get paint inside. It’s better not to paint the inside if you want to put treats in there.
  3. Spray your containers and lids with primer.
  4. Let everything dry.
  5. Spray your containers with whatever colors you like. I chose pink and green. And you don’t have to use spray paint. I needed this project done in a jiffy, so lining them all up and spraying them was easiest. But you can certainly use brush-on craft paints.
  6. Let everything dry and apply the stickers. Craft stores have number-stickers but you can also find them at home improvement stores.
  7. Stuff your containers with small presents and let your child, spouse or someone special open one each day until Christmas.

12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

Suggestions for presents:
Small stuffed animals, figurines or toys
Ornaments
Homemade candies (Wrap them in tissue paper)
Jewelry
Gift cards
Retro toys (I put a Rubik’s cube in mine!)
12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

Written by Crunchy Scott

I'm a self-proclaimed eco-geek. I'm also a flexitarian foodie, a crunchy crafter and an eco-journalist. And if it's awesomely 80s, I'm into it. Oh, and I wrote a kids book too! Find me on and . Wow, I'm everywhere! So come find me.

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