Countdown to Christmas with this Acorn Advent Calendar. These gold and silver ornaments are an easy craft that will decorate your tree and help your kids count the days until Santa arrives!
Alright guys, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and everything that goes with it. Every year I say I’m going to do an advent calendar for Melinda’s kids and my niece and nephew, and every year time gets away from me and before I know it December is halfway gone. This year Melinda and I were determined to get it done!
Melinda had the great idea to make an advent calendar that was also ornaments on the Christmas tree. We’re both totally into the acorn thing this year so we used plastic Easter eggs to make acorn ornaments that we could open up and put a little note inside. Like little acorn fortune cookies!
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All you need is:
- Plastic Easter eggs (we used the smaller size eggs but any size works)
- Krylon metallic gold and silver paint
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paper for the labels and the little note for inside (We’ve included both printables for you or you can make your own!)
It was pretty darn easy, just the way we like our projects! First spray paint your eggs in gold and silver….or whatever color you like. Once they are dry you will wrap the bottom half of the egg (slightly wider and shorter) with twine. Start by making a loop at the end of the twine and gluing it to the end of the egg with some hot glue. Then add a little more hot glue in a circle and slowly wind your twine in a circle. Continue doing this until you reach the edge where the two halves of the egg meet. Don’t go to far, you want the egg to be able to close.
We created a chalkboard tag for each acorn ornament with the numbers 1-24 on them. We’ve included them here for you if you want to use ours. If you’d like to make your own, I made each tag a 1.5″ circle. We made a hole with a hole punch and tied them on with a thin red ribbon.
The best part was coming up with different holiday things to write on the tags. Melinda made 21 slips of paper and wrote things on them like “Stay up late”, “Read a Christmas story”, “Watch a Christmas movie, “Take a bubble bath”. In the other 3 eggs she put small candy treats.
The acorn ornaments look so pretty on her Christmas tree, and the kids are already so excited about getting to open one each night as they countdown to Santa’s visit!
Do you have a holiday project that you swear you’re going to make every year but never get around to it?