Ok, I am so excited for Christmas I can barely stand it! It’s only November 1st and it’s taking everything inside of me not to pull out my Christmas tree and jam out to Christmas tunes (you can proceed to throw rocks at me now you avid no-christmas-until-after-thanksgiving fans!) I used to be a strict no-christmas-until-after-thanksgiving person myself ya know, (maybe because my roommate listened to christmas music all year round) but something has changed within me since I got married. I’m beginning to think the two holidays can work together: gratitude, the birth of our Savior, traditions, and time with family. Love it. Anyway, amidst my Christmas dreaming, I came across some spectacular DIY advent calendars!! I’m trying to pretend I’m going to be somewhat crafty this season and my goal is to make one of these that we can begin starting December 1st! See, now aren’t you glad I’m posting this now so that you have time to actually make one of these awesome countdowns before December rolls around??
If you want to come back and refer to these later, go ahead and pin the picture below!
This one comes with a free printable and tutorial
25 Days of Service (like singing carols to neighbors,helping out at homeless shelter, etc…)
Elf Tubes (made with toilet paper rolls)
Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar by Oopsey Daisy
Chain Link Advent Calendar
Hanging Christmas Stockings Countdown by Martha Stewart
Nativity Advent Calendar by The Craft Patch (Pattern & Tutorial)
Popsicle Stick Advent Activity Ideas by Mess for Less
Advent Calendar Cards Printables by Idealistic Mom
Story of Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorial
(I love this one! You have a small item in each box that contributes to the Nativity Story)
DIY Jewelry Box Advent by The Pretty Bee
Cupcake Pan Advent Calendar by The Stamp Doc
Trimming Santa’s Beard Countdown
Names of the Savior Ornaments
(I love this one as well! Ornament for every day leading up to Christmas that has a scripture inside)
Another fun Santa Beard one!
25 Children’s Christmas Books (Open one up every night leading up to Christmas!)
Toys For Boys – Mega Giveaway
We have a fun giveaway this week for the little boys in our world. Enter to win one of 8 prizes! We want to increase your chances of winning and spread the joy as far as we can, so there’s going to be 8 different prizes and 8 different winners!
Hasbro – N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW
Awesome NERF MEGA power and performance transition from blaster to bow with the addition of the N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW toy. The bow’s dynamic arms and traditional pull back system can fire five NERF MEGA whistler darts in a row up to an amazing distance of 100 feet. Includes 10 MEGA Whistler darts and holds up to five NERF MEGA darts at a time. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.
The Learning Journey – COASTER SERIES – TECHNO GEARS MARBLE MANIA ACCELERATOR 2.0
Kids can use over 400 colorful pieces to create their own thrill ride with the Techno Gears Marble Mania Accelerator 2.0. The automatic marble launcher will propel marbles through the giant marble loop and into a series of twisting and turning roller coaster tracks accompanied by fun roller coaster sounds. The set includes multiple channels, 3-D connectors and structures, dual spiral lifters, flashing lights and much more
Sprout Kids – Whale Chair
As with all Sprout furniture, the Whale Chair features tool-less easy assembly. It also packs flat so it can easily be stored under the bed or in the closet. It is a great addition to any kids room or you can put it in the living area to give them a little place that is all their own. The whale Rocking Chair requires no tools, no hardware, and is simple to assemble. Patent pending Tension Lock Technology uses the natural properties of wood to create a sturdy durable joint that can be assembled and disassembled repeatedly.
Discovery Toys – Motorworks
This junior-mechanic set has a working power tool and a shop full of parts to build three free-wheeling vehicles! A motorcycle, prop plane, and race car are sized right for small hands and feature moving parts. Includes tool box, dull child-safe electric power drill and manual screwdriver, and extra screws.
Discovery Toys – Zip Track
Shift playtime into high gear with this unique raceway set! Snap and click track pieces to design your own interactive flexible roadway, with hundreds of possible color combinations. Adjust the Open End Connectors for an off-track detour. Experiment with building principles and simple physics to keep your battery-powered vehicles on course.
200 track pieces, cross track, 4 bridge supports, 2 open end pieces, SUV with working headlights
Alex Toys – Zoom Around Town
Ready to Zoom? All roads lead to fun with Zoom Around Town by ALEX. It’s a play mat that comes with four brightly colored cars that your little one can zoom around on the roadways!
John Wik Coloring Books – Kaleidoscopes
These books by John Wik are so fun and come in a variety of designs. The Kaleidoscopes features 48 kaleidoscopic designs for coloring enthusiasts of all ages! These beautiful mandalas are printed on one side of the paper for convenient coloring and have been framed in black for dramatic effect!
Okiedog children bags are designed with love. They comply with all safety standards, have high quality and are made from very durable materials. As with all okiedog bags, children bags are PVC-, Phthalate- AZO- and BPA-free. Winner of the giveaway gets to choose which Wildpack backpack they would like.