birthday advent calendar

I knew as soon as Christmas ended, Annabel would start asking me, “How many days until my birthday?” This year, I was ready for her. I put together an advent calendar to help her countdown the days until her birthday (and we’ll use it for James in May!), plus each number is a little pocket that can hold things. I originally thought I’d hang it lower on the wall, but since a certain little boy was a liiiiiittle too curious, I put it above our mantle. I am so pleased with how it turned out!

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Card stock or construction paper
Scissors (regular or decorative)
Hole punch
String
Glue
Tape
Wall hooks
Sharpie (optional)

birthday advent calendar

Start by folding up the bottom edges of a sheet of paper so they meet in the middle.

birthday advent calendar

Cut a rounded edge from one end of the crease to the other. The advantage of using fancy-cutting scissors is you can’t tell if you cut unevenly, hahaha.

birthday advent calendar

Form the paper so it makes a cone that’s round in the front and flat in the back.

birthday advent calendar

Tape the flat flaps together.

birthday advent calendar

Punch holes in the back (this is for hanging the cone on the wall – you could also use a clothespin!).

birthday advent calendar

For the numbers, you can either use a sharpie to write them on, or cut out numbers and glue them on.

birthday advent calendar

I made the cone that represents the big day extra-special.

birthday advent calendar

Finally, string up the cones and hang them on the wall!

birthday advent calendar

I hung the numbers going backwards, countdown-style, so Annabel can always figure out how many days it is until she turns SIX. How is she almost six??

birthday advent calendar

Since Annabel definitely doesn’t need any more toys (plus she just got some a couple weeks ago, and she’s about to get more in 16 days), we filled each day with notes and messages to her.

birthday advent calendar

Plus, you know, there might be some pieces of candy in there. We’re not monsters.

If you have questions, let me know!