Make your own: Candy Countdown Calendar

It’s a fun family tradition to count our way down to any one of our favorite
holidays.If you enjoy counting down any of your favorite holidays, then here is a creative way to make your own seasonal countdown calendar!

You will need:

A large recycled cereal, frozen pizza, or cracker box
Construction paper
White glue
Hole punch
Bag of your favorite foil-wrapped candy such as Hershey Kisses, peanut butter cups, mints, etc.
Optional Items: Basic craft supplies (Glitter, paper punches, stencils, etc.)
Tip: Oak-tag board or any strong paper can be used in place of a recycled box.

What to do:
  1. Decide what shape and size you would like your countdown calendar to be, and print out a template, or make the shape out of a cardboard box. (If you decide to make your own shape out of cardboard, skip to step 4.)
  2. If you choose to use a template, cut it out and trace it onto a cardboard box, then cut that shape out to form a cardboard template.
  3. Trace the template onto desired colored construction paper, cut the paper out, and glue it to the cardboard template.
  4. Once you have the desired shape, decorate your calendar with construction paper, glitter, ribbon, and any other craft supplies you have on hand.
  5. Pop a hole in the top of the calendar and tie a ribbon into a loop so the calendar can be hung up.
How to use:
Count how many days until the holiday or special event and glue that many foil-wrapped candies onto your calendar. Once the glue dries, hang up the calendar and pull one piece of candy off every day until they are all gone. The last one should be eaten on special day.
This project can be used for any holiday or special event!
Here are some suggestions for the month of:
Christmas: Tree, Wreath, Bell, Holly leaves, Star, Candy cane, Stocking, Ornament, Santa with sleigh 
Hanukkah: Dreidel, Star of David, Menorah
Kwanzaa: Corn on the cob, Kinara, Unity cup
Winter Solstice: Snowman, Snowflake
Enjoy your special day!

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4 responses to “Make your own: Candy Countdown Calendar”

  1. Victoria Avatar

    I love it Fran. However, I'm not sure the candy will last as long as it is supposed to. I'd better buy extra to eat while we are waiting on the next day to begin. =)

  2. Fran Wisniewski Avatar

    That is a very good idea!:)

  3. Anonymous Avatar

    Sharing at Still Learning Something New as a mamma project!

  4. Fran Wisniewski Avatar

    Now remember, Betty Jo, only 1 a day! lol Unless you make 2 calendars of course! 🙂

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