Check out how to turn muffin tins into a DIY Advent Calendar! Grab the free printable Acts of Kindness calendar to do with the family for the month of December.
Now that my kids are a little older, I have been trying to talk about how we can help others and show gratitude. They have enjoyed shipping presents overseas to children and giving to those less fortunate, so I am really using this holiday season as a platform for those discussions and including it in our countdown to Christmas! This DIY Advent calendar incorporates these ideals, all while counting down to Christmas.
A DIY Advent Calendar with Muffin Tins
I love muffin tin advent calendars because they use items that can be found at home, and the mini tins are perfect for our Lego sets that we incorporate into this DIY advent calendar.
To Make Your DIY Advent Calendar
If you don’t have a mini 24 count muffin tin, you can do this on a larger scale with 2 muffin tins. I was inspired by the lego advent calendar by Frugal Fun for Boys. So much fun! I wanted to add Acts of Kindness as well, check out how we did that and use the printable below as a guide.
What you need to make the advent calendar
- muffin tins
- post-it notes/card stock with double sided tape
- Christmas stickers (gift labels)
- small toys/candies (we like to use Legos)
How to assemble the muffin tin advent calendar
Fill each space with one chocolate and a couple small Legos. (I found an inexpensive Lego set and sorted them into the order that it is assembled according to the directons and placed 1-2 pieces in each space accordingly, definitely the hardest part of the project).
On post-it notes, write acts of kindness on the back. (You can use colored card stock and stickers with double sided tape, but I find that the post-its are actually easier to use, though not quite as cute.)
Number the notes and attach with the kindness acts to the outside of the muffin tins to create little doors.
Each day of Advent, open up one door, add to the lego building that you are creating, and complete the act of kindness for the day!
The basic structure of this calendar is 24 doors, each ‘door’ has an act of kindness to complete. Inside the door is the more traditional advent calendar treat, chocolate!
It also contains a couple small Lego pieces that will all come together at the end of the 24 days to make a little toy! So many fun components to this calendar, and all of it leading up to Christmas!!
An Acts of Kindness Calendar to Print!
If you want to follow along with our Acts of Kindness for the month of December, grab your printable calendar below!
Click on the image below to download this Acts of Kindness calendar for free!
You can laminate it and check each day off with a dry-erase marker!