Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

The countdown to Christmas is so much fun when you have a fun Advent calendar to help you along the way. If you have an afternoon and some coin wrappers, your little ones can make a special Advent countdown too!

  1. Ages: 3 - 6

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. Messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    When picking out your 24 coin wrappers, I would suggest using the larger ones and trying to avoid the dime wrappers. If you choose to add a star to the top, you can use a wood one like we did or just cut one out of a piece of cardboard.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Your first step is to glue the wrappers in a tree form with tacky glue. (It's important to use tacky glue for this since it holds the best.) Once they are all piled together in a very imperfect tree shape, let it sit for an hour or so before painting.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    While the glue was drying, my five-year-old got to work painting the star. She added a touch of glitter to give her star some sparkle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once the glue is set, it's time to paint those wrappers. My kids went for the traditional green, but any color will do.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    With some more tacky glue, we decorated the tree with beads and pom-poms and topped it off with our star. There was only one more step left and that was to fill each day with a special treat. This year I think I will place a little piece of paper in each spot with a holiday-themed activity to do. (Some simple suggestions: sing your favorite Christmas song, make a paper snowflake, make a Santa bubble beard in the bath, and bake cookies.) Now we're all geared up for a memorable countdown!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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