I love home made advent calendars. I think there's something special about choosing what little treats go inside and putting things that you know will excite your little ones. They don't all have to have chocolate either, so if you're trying to be a little healthier, putting little trinkets or activites can be just as exciting whilst also giving them something to do.
These christmas decorations are such a beautful idea. You can buy fillable baubles from ebay starting at around $1.10. You can then put whatever you want but be sure to wrap up the little treat with tissue paper, (matching your tree colour scheme of course) and add little tags with the different numbers. A really special part of your festive season could be searching the Christmas tree every night to see who can find the right bauble.
If you are not wanting to put something directly on your wall than this can be a great option. These little bags can be found at 2 dollar stores, along with the string and mini pegs. For the frame, you can try op shops for old frames and use a painted black board as the background. A great idea is the chalkboard paint so you can add your own decorations and use it as a chalkboard the rest of the year.
These boxes can also be found at 2 dollar stores and you can use the help of little ones to decorate them. Nailing them to a board is a good way to make sure they don't move. Boxes can be a little stronger than bags so if you are wanting to use treats that are a little heavier, these can be a great alternative.
This beautiful advent calendar is definetly a keepsake. You can buy this beuatiful natural advent calendar from French Knot and fill it with different goodies each year. Just because you didn't phsyically assemble this advent, doesn't mean the contents arn't home made. ☺︎
We have something similar to this at our house. I got the buckets from ebay, but I used twine to string them up in 3 rows of 8. I made little tags to hang from the bucket which number them off. I also used white tissue paper to hide the treats inside because they are at my daughters level.
The treats I have put inside mine are 2 tiny chocolates, one for Billie and the other for Daddy. I have also included a christmas sticker in each bucket (stickers are very popular in this house), and Billie likes to put them on her pyjamas. In different buckets I added a few different things such as balloons, which we blow up once she pulls them out, and mini snow globes. I hope that this gives you some inspiration to think outside the box. Even if you're time poor you can always buy a premade calendar and fill it with your own special treats. ☺︎