Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit without shopping? This creative craft not only uses recycled materials, it also taps into the simpler joys of the season. We've got a Christmas Countdown Craft that will help your kids celebrate each day of the season.
Related: Make a cardboard Christmas tree
The idea behind this craft is to make the anticipation of Christmas sweet. It's a way to slow time down a bit and make the most of each day.
To help on this project, we enlisted master crafter Karimah Henry from the site craftingafunlife.com. I love that this project starts with creating a holiday bucket list. It's really a two-part operation. Part one involves making a list of what you want to do this holiday season, and part two is the crafting.
Christmas Countdown Craft Supplies
Here's the supply list, many of these items are likely on hand, when we can, we link to Amazon supplies (using an Amazon Affiliate link)
- Recycled box
- Cardstock (assorted colors)
- Craft sticks (24 or 25)
- Wrapping paper
- Black marker or pen
- White 3D or puffy paint
- Craft knife
- Ruler (optional)
- Tacky glue (optional)
- Pencil (optional)
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks (optional)
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Christmas Countdown Craft Directions
- First, cut 24 or 25 triangles out of the cardstock. You can use a ruler and pencil to draw the triangles or a cutting machine. I suggest creating different sizes, shapes and colors for the trees.
- Next, write a family activity on one side of the trees. We've listed a month's worth of ideas below. Pick from your favorites. Then use white 3D or puffy paint to write a number on the opposite side. Set aside to dry. An easier way to number the trees especially with smaller children is to use number stickers.
- While the puffy paint is drying, tape your box together then cover with wrapping paper. I suggest using a solid color or one with minimum decorations.
- Use a craft knife to cut slits in the top of the box to fit the craft sticks.
- Finally, use tape or glue to attach the trees to the craft sticks. Now insert them inside of the slits in the box to create your Christmas countdown.
Family Activities for your Christmas Countdown
- Decorate your Christmas Tree
- Make Christmas Cards
- Write Letters to Santa
- Bake Cookies
- Donate Used Toys
- Take Pictures with Santa
- Make Hot Chocolate
- Have a Marshmallow Fight
- Take Pictures in Christmas Pajamas
- Go Ice Skating
- Watch Favorite Christmas Movie
- Decorate a Gingerbread House
- Have a Dance Party
- Build a Snowman
- Make DIY Ornaments
- Read your Favorite Christmas Book
- Have a Game Night
- Check out Christmas Lights
- Go Sledding
- Donate to a Local Food Bank
- Wear Ugly Christmas Sweater
- Random Act of Kindness
- Support a Small Business
- Make Paper Snowflakes
- Take Cards to Local Nursing Home
- Deliver Treats to Neighbors or Friends
- Donate School Supplies to a Teacher
- Attend a Holiday Play
- Make S’mores
- Volunteer at a Local Shelter
We hope this craft helps you get into the spirit of the season. Find your merry wherever you can.
For all the crafts we share, we invite you to make them your own. We made our tree green, you can feel free to be embrace all your favorite colors. I think a pink or white tree would be fabulous.
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- Free Holiday Hang Tag Printables
Use Pinterest to save your favorite gift ideas. Be sure to follow our Holiday Recipes and Crafts board here.
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