Recycled Tin Can Advent Calendar {50 Family Activities}

    Posted by  ·  November 29, 2011

    It is  fun to countdown to Christmas with an Advent Calendar. The calendar not only builds some excitement, it is a particularly festive decoration. Every year we try to create a new idea for our family Advent Calendar. This year we saved cans and spray painted them! I love how it turned out and my kids do too!

    We painted the cans, drilled holes in the sides and added  wire handles.  The numbers were cut on the Silhouette out of white vinyl.

    We will fill the cans with a tiny sweet or trinket for each child and then a slip of paper with an idea for a family activity.

    50 Family Activities

    1. Go Ice Skating
    2. Make Christmas cards
    3. Go Christmas caroling or sing Christmas songs at home
    4. Give everyone manicure & pedicures
    5. Let each child choose a favorite dinner
    6. Push the furniture back and dance
    7. Watch It’s a Wonderful Life or the How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    8. Play a game
    9. Decorate Christmas cookies and share with neighbors
    10. Have a special friend for dinner
    11. Make Christmas ornaments
    12. Make hot chocolate and read Christmas stories
    13. Make a Gingerbread house
    14. Make a simple pine cone bird feeder
    15. Have a special breakfast
    16. String popcorn and cranberries
    17. Play cards
    18. Make a paper ring garland
    19. Have a fireside meal (we use this and make grilled cheese and apple pies in the fireplace)
    20. Cut snowflakes for the windows
    21. Make and hang beautiful wrapping paper stars
    22. Drive around to see neighborhood Christmas lights (put hot cocoa in to go cups and put on pjs)
    23. Go to a holiday movie
    24. Roast marshmallows in the fireplace
    25. Offer to help an elderly neighbor with their Christmas decorations
    26. Work together as a family to make some handmade gifts
    27. Make decorative sugar cookies
    28. Purchase gifts for a needy child or family
    29. Invite friends over in their pajamas to read Christmas  stories
    30. Play in the snow, build a snowman
    31. Go for a walk at night and look at the stars
    32. Try out these printable crafts
    33. Make paper candy canes
    34. Make some yummy peppermint candy covered popcorn
    35. Make gift tags and wrapping paper
    36. Make super simple sugar cookies
    37. Make snow paint
    38. Make homemade stickers
    39. Make homemade playdough
    40. Make a pie and take it to a friend
    41. Have ice cream sundaes with this special ice cream topping
    42. Make a candy wreath to give to a friend or decorate your own home
    43. Make shrinky dinks
    44. Have breakfast for dinner (serve smiley pancakes)
    45. Make glittery snowflakes
    46. Make Candy Cane Mice
    47. Make Candy Cane Reindeer
    48. Invite Santa for breakfast and serve snowman doughnuts
    49. Hand write letters to  friends that live away.
    50. Write something nice about each family member on a slip of paper and place it under their pillow

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    1. Monday, February 1st, 2016
      I LOVE this project!! I need to get organized like this! I'm asking bloggers to share their tin can projects at the Create With Me party today! I'd love for you to stop by too :) Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate
    2. Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
      Hey love the idea and I have mentioned your advent calendar on my website!
    3. Thursday, December 15th, 2011
      Very cool idea! I especially love your list of things to do in the advent calendar. Helps you to remember to do all of the most special Christmas traditions and also helps you to make new ones.
    4. Sunday, December 4th, 2011
      I love this! I am so behind on reading the blogs I love to follow and this post was just delightful to open today!
    5. Friday, December 2nd, 2011
      I love your idea! This is great!
    6. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      This is so inspirational! I can't wait to do this for next year. So cool a way to promote reusing/repurposing while getting family into the spirit of the season. Thank you so much for sharing.
    7. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      So adorable! I love it. And a great list of things to do! I am stealing some of your ideas for my family!! Thanks Cindy!
    8. Julia
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      Thank you!! I SO needed this listing!
    9. Petrin Diaz
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      OMG! i like this one "many times"...let see if i have time before Xmas...OOOOps, today i Nov. 29... if not, for next year!
    10. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      What a cool idea! I"m so stealing this for next year. Thanks for the inspiration!
    11. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      For all a' those cans I done did recycled...Bah Humbug! That's so cute I wanna go back through the recyclin' bins... cept there gone and I'm left with 2 plastic bottles and a Reese's Puffs box...sniff, sniff...
    12. Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      This is so cute! I started collecting cans a few weeks ago, but I only had about 8...not enough for an advent calendar:)
    13. Suzanne
      Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
      I love your project and especially your list!