artsy-fartsy mama: DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar

DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar

Even though we're a few days past the 25 days until Christmas, there is still time to put together an advent calendar! This is probably one of my favorite pieces of Christmas decor. I first saw the idea at Twig & Thistle and couldn't wait to make one for my own home. 

25 2" Favor Tins {Available at JoAnn's}
Advent Calendar Numbers
Scissors or 2" Circle Punch
E6000 Glue
Treats or Prizes

First, I designed the circle designs to go inside the favor tin lids. The lids have a thin piece of transparent plastic so you can add a sticker on top, or a piece of paper behind. Designing the circles took the most time of this project. I used multiple fonts and mixed thing up by using the words of numbers and adding in lines. All the backgrounds are different color glitter images.

Once the number circles were done, I printed them out on cardstock and cut them out. It would have been much easier to use a 2 inch punch, but I unfortunately don't own one. Then, I just put the circles on the inside of the lids. Easy, peasy!

Next, I glued the magnets on the bottom of all the tins using E6000 adhesive. Love that stuff!
Let sit for a few hours until completely dry.

Add a treat, holiday activity {written on a piece of paper}, or some kind of prize to each tin. Then arrange all the tins to a magnet board {I used my Makeup Magnet Board} or refrigerator and enjoy your countdown to Christmas!

If you don't have the time or don't feel like making one of these, I also shared my printable Christmas Countdown that's simple, inexpensive and quick!


  1. Lindsay, I LOVE this advent calendar! SWEET! I purchased some tins from Pick Your Plum and your project has inspired me! I'm hosting a homemade holiday party with prizes and I think this would be a great project to link up. I'd love for you to stop by!

    Have an amazing day!

  2. I love that the treats are hidden. So cute, Lindsay!

  3. This is SO stinkin' cute! Where did you find those round tins? Love this and I'm sure your daughter does too. :)

  4. Love the different fonts for the numbers and LOVE the glitter! I'll bet Zoey is in heaven. Super Mom should be your title. :)

  5. YEA!!! I'm so glad you shared on the homemade holiday party.


  6. This is such a fun idea! I love love love it!

  7. Hi there, I'm a new follower from the Happy Hour Christmas Cheer party. Love your advent! So cute!

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    1. What a cute idea! I'm going to have to get some of those tins.

  9. LOVE it!! Voting for you at homemade Christmas party :)

  10. Thanks so neat and different way to do it! Thanks for sharing

  11. Saw you on Chick and Crafty Party! Love this!! Pinning it! :)

  12. O my goodness this is such a cute idea! I love it and would love it you could share this over at my blog hop! Just started following you!

  13. Oh these are cute and so space-saving.  I'd  love to have you link this us to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 

  14. I love this advent calendar! For the last two months, I have been collecting advent calendar ideas. I am definitely pinning this!


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