When I was little, my favorite Christmas tradition was making paper chains with my dad. Ripping off a link every night before bed was so very exciting to 5-year-old me. Now that my son is old enough to understand the anticipation of season, I’m excited to start our own tradition together!
Since Carter’s favorite thing to do lately is look through pictures on my phone, I wanted to incorporate photos into our own countdown to Christmas. I came up with this DIY advent calendar, where we’ll turn over a photo each day and talk about the memory together.
What you’ll need:
- 25 square photo prints (I used the PostalPix app, but try Walgreens if you’re pressed for time)
- 24 x 30 frame
- Washi tape (5-6 colors/patterns)
- Mini clothespins
- Printable numbers (optional)
- 2″ circle punch (optional)
- Glue stick (optional)
Apply washi tape to the back of all 25 photos. I found that the easiest way to do this was to use pieces of tape that were longer than the length I needed, and then use scissors to trim around the edges.
Once the backs of all your photos are covered in washi tape, you’ll want to apply numbers to them. There are several ways you can do this—you can use stickers, a paint pen, or a sharpie, or download our printable numbers and glue them to the back of each photo. We used a 2″ circle punch to cut the numbers out, but you could also use scissors and just cut them into squares.
Cut 5 pieces of twine to a length of 30″ each.
Remove the glass and cardboard from the frame. Using the small metal brackets that were holding the glass in place, pinch the ends of each piece of twine to create 5 rows (you can also just use masking tape if needed). Then, using the mini clothespins, hang each photo backward on the twine.
Hang the frame on a wall, or if you have smaller kids, set it on a table for easy access.
Starting on December 1, turn over one photo and talk about the memory as a family. If you have older kids, you could even make a game out of it—the person who remembers where the photo was taken gets a treat!
After Christmas, when all the photos are turned over, you can even leave it hanging on your wall as a year-round decoration.
Hope you and your family enjoy this craft—now, all we have to do is count down to December 1, so we can start using it!