Magnetic Advent Calendar: A DIY Countdown to Christmas

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Magnet advent calendar

I love Christmas.  It’s really my favourite time of the year.  I’m particularly excited this year because Alexie is a little older and I think will really grasp the excitement of the season.  For that reason, I really want to build our family traditions.  So, I set out to make an advent calendar for us.

DIY Magnet Advent calendarI did lots of research on Pinterest, looking at different ideas for our family advent calendar.  I really liked the idea of it being interactive, involving more than just counting down the days until we open presents. The idea od having a little activity to do each day or a special treat was really appealing.  I had done something similar a few years back when I was teaching and it was a hit with the kids.

While out shopping, I found these little tins and had a moment of inspiration.  I could easily place a little note inside with our day’s activity or even a small token or treat.  But where would I put them?  I thought I would take advantage of Alexie’s love for fridge magnets.  I found these great little countdown stickers at Michaels. Tcountdown advent stickershey were priced at $8.49, but the sign said they were $4.99.  I then used a 50% off coupon and got them for $2.50, a price I was willing to pay.  They ended up being so cute, easy and fun.  It was hard to take just one each morning.



  • 25 small tins like the ones used for wedding favours
  • 25 round magnets
  • Superglue or Gorilla glue
  • Stickers, coloured paper or whatever you’d like to decorate the front of the tins
  • Glue if needed

DIY Magnet Advent calendarDirections:

  1. Remove the lid and gently press on the plastic covering.  With a little pressure, it should pop out.
  2. Using various stickers or paper decorate the front of the plastic. Use glue if needed.  Mark each tin with a number from 1 to 25.
  3. Once dried, carefully pop the cover back into the lid.
  4. Using the superglue, glue the small magnet on the back.  Give it lots of time to dry.
  5. Fill with little notes, activities or even candies.  Place them on your fridge and have a fun each morning leading up to Christmas!



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    Advent calendar activities for families with toddlers
    December 1, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    […] really celebrate the Christmas season. We decided that we would do an advent calendar, and I made a cute little one just for this occasion. The magnetic tins fit perfectly on our fridge. We get to open one each […]

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