While speaking at a recent fall retreat, I participated in a craft session. I’m not particularly crafty. I would like to be. Everything I make looks homemade and nothing like the beautiful creations on Etsy–or at friends’ homes. I am glad I joined in this craft project and can now share how to make a muffin tin advent calendar with everyone today. My only regret is not making this when my kids were younger.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 mini muffin tin with 24 spaces. It doesn’t have to be new, but it does have to be magnetic.
- 24 pieces of paper about 2½” square. Christmas paper or card stock selections are perfect. Squares can be all the same, or choose up to 6 different patterns. Either way you need 24 squares.
- 24 pieces of coordinating Christmas paper or card stock about 2” square
- Permanent felt pen or number stickers
- Self-adhesive magnetic strips cut into 96 very tiny pieces
- Glue stick or tape
- Corner rounder (optional)
- Decorations if desired (brads, ribbon, stickers, beads, thread, stitches, etc.)
- Ribbon–about 12-20” long
Place tiny magnet strips at angles in the corners on the back.
- Once all papers are cut to size, with corners rounded if you want, glue the smaller papers onto the coordinating larger papers.
- Decorate each square if desired.
- Lay out squares on top of the holes of the muffin tin, choosing how you want the pattern of color and design to look.
- When satisfied with the look, mark the numbers on the papers with a permanent marker or number stickers.
- Put a tiny piece of magnet into the very corners of each square (four per square).
- Tie your ribbon in the top of the muffin tin if it has a hole at the top. You can use the ribbon to hang it up or make a bow as decoration.
- Fill each cup with a treat or note or something to point to Christmas.
- Cover the cups with your decorated covers.
- Enjoy the fun of your Advent calendar!
For easy storage after Christmas, simply slide covers into a Ziploc bag. Pack the bag with your Christmas decorations. You can bake with the muffin tin the rest of the year.
How about you?
- What kinds of things have you hidden in Advent Calendars in the past? What will you planning this year? What other ways have you celebrated Advent?