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Magnetic Advent Calendar Tutorial + FREE Printables!

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We can’t get enough of this darling magnetic advent calendar! With a few simple supplies, you’ll have a genius countdown you can’t wait to use every year! 
magnetic advent calendar

Who doesn’t love a good advent? The kids look forward to doing one every year, and I’ve always struggled on which one to make, because I could never find one that really matched my style. And then I discovered some little round party favor tins at Party City and my life was drastically changed forever. (cue sappy, feel-good music)

I love the simplicity of the design, and how functional it is – I hang mine on my fridge, but you can use a cute magnetic board as well! And we’ve got 2 sets of color options, so this is a project that will work for everyone!

And if you’re not big on candy and small treats, haven no fear! We love filling our advent with a small activity or service we can do together each day. Things like:

  • read a Christmas book
  • bake a Christmas treat for a neighbor
  • drive around and look at Christmas lights
  • send a Christmas card to a far away friend
  • decorate the Christmas tree

….etc!

(All of our ideas are in a free printable download below if you’d like some ideas!)

magnetic advent calendar

supplies:

directions:

  1. First, print off your advent circles. (I take mine to a print shop to make sure the colors are vibrant, but I did notice they printed a little darker than I originally designed them as.)
  2. Using a 2″ punch or scissors, cut out your circles.
  3. Using scissors, cut strips of magnets to add to the back of the tins. I used the adhesive magnet strips to make this project super simple, but you could use any magnet and attack with hot glue.
  4. Place a circle in each lid, fill with candies, or small toys, add an advent activity if you wish, and then close the tin!
  5. Put your tins in a cute tree shape or just in lines on your fridge or magnet board, and start counting down to Christmas!

Tip:

You don’t need to glue or tape your circles into the lids as long as you make sure to fill the tin with something – the bulk of the candies or toys will be enough to keep it against the clear plastic.

These would also make a cute gift to give a friend, family member, or neighbor! A little time and not much money, and you’ve got a super cute magnetic advent calendar to enjoy the whole season!

Ready to make your own?

Click the links below to download your desired files –

Christmas Advent in traditional colors

Advent in retro colors

Christmas Advent activities

And there you have it! Happy crafting!

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This post originally published in November 2009, but was updated with new printables and images in 2017
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