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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

Christmas Countdown Craft with Family Activities

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 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 with Family Activities

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)

Christmas Countdown Craft with Family Activities
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Christmas Countdown Craft Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Use a craft knife to cut slits in the top of the box to fit the craft sticks.
  5. 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.
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Family Activities for your Christmas Countdown

  1. Decorate your Christmas Tree
  2. Make Christmas Cards
  3. Write Letters to Santa
  4. Bake Cookies
  5. Donate Used Toys
  6. Take Pictures with Santa
  7. Make Hot Chocolate
  8. Have a Marshmallow Fight
  9. Take Pictures in Christmas Pajamas
  10. Go Ice Skating
  11. Watch Favorite Christmas Movie
  12. Decorate a Gingerbread House
  13. Have a Dance Party
  14. Build a Snowman
  15. Make DIY Ornaments
  16. Read your Favorite Christmas Book
  17. Have a Game Night
  18. Check out Christmas Lights
  19. Go Sledding
  20. Donate to a Local Food Bank
  21. Wear Ugly Christmas Sweater
  22. Random Act of Kindness
  23. Support a Small Business
  24. Make Paper Snowflakes
  25. Take Cards to Local Nursing Home
  26. Deliver Treats to Neighbors or Friends
  27. Donate School Supplies to a Teacher
  28. Attend a Holiday Play
  29. Make S’mores
  30. 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.

Christmas Countdown Craft with Family Activities


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Use Pinterest to save your favorite gift ideas. Be sure to follow our Holiday Recipes and Crafts board here.

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