DIY Chalkboard Advent Calendar With Activities

Do you get a little nervous about spending money during the holidays? I sure do.  I want to have  fun decorating, at the same time need to use what I have on hand to stay within a budget. My DIY chalkboard advent calendar of activities is a good example of  turning something old into something new by using a little bit of  imagination.

Today I joining four friends for a Handmade Christmas Decor Blog Hop hosted by Rita from Harbour Breeze Home. Be sure to visit the other ladies to see their clever ideas.


Rita from Harbour Breeze Home

Michelle from Thistle Key Lane

Lauren from Mom Home Guide

Crissy from First Day of Home

Kim from Serving Up Southern


Fresh greenery crowning the advent calendar.

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This is an easy project to make for your family or get the kids involved. I bet they would be a great help giving you ideas of what kind of activities they would like to see on the list.


First step was cleaning the chalkboard. Then I made five rows of simple Christmas and wintry images with a chalkboard marker. Regular chalk will work too.

I though it would be fun having something behind each day so the chalkboard wouldn’t be blank as the count down starts.


Next I printed a page of numbers 1 through 25 and cut them out making each row slightly larger going down the page. If you don’t have a printer write them out by hand, or better yet have the kids write the numbers with crayons or markers.



On the back of each one, I wrote the activity for the day in pencil, that way it wouldn’t show through the paper.


Activity for each day of advent.


The last step was taping the days in place with washi tape in a random order.

This is my idea of a perfectly imperfect handmade Christmas decor project.

Helpful hint: Remove the clear tape from a tape dispenser and insert the washi tape. When finished, switch it back.


Use tape dispensers for washi tape.


For a festive touch, I added cedar clippings, along with jingle bell garlands, one made with red and white string and the other on a red plaid ribbon.



At first, I was afraid that coming up with 25 activities would be difficult, but once I got started it was hard to stop.

Advent Calendar Activities

  • Make hot cocoa from scratch
  • Go shopping and people watch
  • Make Christmas bandana for Sandy (our dog)
  • Watch a classic Christmas movie
  • Tacky Christmas sweater day
  • Drink eggnog
  • Take a long walk in the park
  • Make Christmas Cookies
  • Pizza night
  • Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  • Read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
  • Watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Shop for stocking stuffers
  • Make Chex mix
  • Read A Christmas Carol
  • Make a popcorn garland
  • Roast marshmallows
  • Ride the Polar Express
  • Make a charitable donation
  • Dinner out
  • Hang Christmas Stockings
  • Nutcracker Ballet
  • Open one gift early
  • Make handmade Christmas ornaments
  • Ride in a horse-drawn carriage

Haha not surprising how many of my activities involve food, but you get the idea.



Chalkboard advent calendar on a navy wall.


No one knows your family as well as you, so fill your calendar  with the things they love. Don’t forget to add local parades, schools plays or other activities you don’t want to miss.



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DIY Chalkboard Advent Calendar With Activities


Big kids just like little kids love the anticipation of Christmas. Make it even more fun this year with an advent calendar of activities.

Be sure to stop by to see Lauren at Mom Home Guide who is next on the Handmade Christmas Decor blog hop.



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32 thoughts on “DIY Chalkboard Advent Calendar With Activities

  1. Kim @Serving Up Southern says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love the rustic look of it too! I love you list of activities. I, especially, love the one about driving around looking at Christmas lights. One of my favorite things to do! When I was a child, me and my sisters just piled onto the back seat (before car seat/seat belt laws) and looked to our hearts desire as dad drove around. We still carry out the tradition, but now due to bulky car seats our little grands need the neck of a crane to even look out the side window. 😉

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      You are so right about the car seats. It’s a different world now. I remember as a child being memorized by Christmas light and trying so hard to pick out the best decorated house in the neighborhood. I was a tough judge lol!

  2. Crissy says:

    Oh my goodness, Michelle! I LOVE everything about this idea! My kids would think this is so exciting. Your chalkboard drawings are impressive, too. 😊I wouldn’t have thought to have something underneath the cards. Also, I couldn’t tell that was washi tape in the photo. It looks so festive!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Crissy, making the list was surprisingly fun and I keep thinking of more and more activities that I could have added. 🙂

  3. Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom says:

    This is SO, so cute and really makes the holidays so fun! Love the washi tape you selected for this!


  4. Christene says:

    Great advent calendar idea! Also I would have never thought to take our regular tape and replace with Washi tape. Such a simple idea but something I never thought about. Thanks!!!

    >> Christene
    Keys to Inspiration

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      This is probably the most Washi tape I have ever used, so the tape dispenser idea really helped. Thank you so much for stopping by Christene!

  5. Pat says:

    This is such a good advent calendar idea, I am passing this on so my friends can enjoy
    the fun, too. (Giving all the credit to you of course🤪)

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much for sharing the post Pat. Nothing would please me more, than to have others creating an advent calendar with their favorite holiday activities.

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