Sparkly DIY Advent Calendar You Hang on Your Tree

Don’t go for the same traditional Advent this year. It’s time to change up your Advent routine with this sparkly DIY Advent calendar that you hang on your tree. Even better, you can use it year after year and make it a fun new holiday tradition.

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Collage of Advent Bags on Christmas Tree with text overlay - Sparkly DIY Advent Calendar

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I am seriously excited about our Advent this year. It’s the first year that I’m trying something totally new and I know the whole family is going to love it! This year I’m surprising them with a new board game every day leading up to Christmas.

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the gifts I needed a fun new way to surprise the family with it. That’s how this new Advent calendar came to be. I’m going to wrap all of the gifts and number them. Then I’m going to write the number on pieces of paper and slip them at random into the drawstring bags.

Then I hang the bags on the Christmas tree. Each day, during Advent, the kids will have to hunt for that day’s bag and find out what number is inside. Lastly, they’ll hunt for the corresponding numbered present under the tree. We’ll end the night playing the new game.


Advent Calendar on Christmas Tree

Sparkly DIY Advent Calendar Materials

Step 1

First, set up your Cricut machine with your Joys of the Season cartridge. Set your size dial to 4.5 and if using an older machine, set the pressure to high.



Vinyl on Mat Loaded into Cricut Machine

Step 2

Next, place your vinyl shiny-side down on your cutting mat and load it into your machine.


Close Up of Cricut Cartridge Booklet

Step 3

Choose an ornament design to cut out and cut it on you vinyl. Make sure you choose designs that have larger openings in them. You’ll use the space later to number your bags.


Close Up of Cut Designs

Step 4

Continue cutting out ornament designs until you 4 different ones on one piece of vinyl.


Close Up of Weeded Designs

Step 5

Then weed your designs and cut each ornament apart.

Step 6

Continue cutting ornaments in different designs until you have 24 cut and weeded ornaments.


Cut Vinyl Design Laid Out on Burlap Pouch

Step 7

Place one ornament on a drawstring muslin bag and cover with a piece of cotton cloth. I used a plain t-shirt but any scrap piece of cotton cloth will work.


Close Up of EasyPress Controls

Step 8

Then heat your cloth-covered design with an iron or your EasyPress. I set my EasyPress to 350 for this project.

Step 9

Set your drawstring bag with the vinyl design attached to it aside to cool.

Step 10

Repeat steps 7 through 9 for the rest of your bags.


Vinyl Design Attached to Burlap Pouch

Step 11

Once your designs have cooled, carefully remove the plastic covering from your designs.


Number on Burlap Bag

Step 12

Lastly, number each of your bags 1-24 with your fabric markers.


Advent Bags on Christmas Tree with text overlay - Sparkly DIY Advent Calendar

This sparkly DIY Advent calendar is super versatile and totally reusable. You can fill the bags with small toys and treats, or steal my idea and fill them with the numbers of wrapped presents. The wrapped presents can be any theme you want from board games to books or movies. Bonus tip: save money by buying used items. A lot of the games I’m including this year came from Half Price Books for under $10 each.

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