DIY Decorations – Reusable Christmas tree advent calendar

With December 1st fast approaching, I’ve come up with a quick and easy DIY advent calendar that you can make as a family. Plus, it’s reusable so you can refill it with treats every year and will never need to buy a chocolate calendar again! Here’s what you’ll need to make this Christmas tree advent calendar and I’ve even added a step-by-step video to show you how to do it..!


24 tiny florists buckets (from craft shops, The Range etc)

1 tiny-but-slightly-larger florists bucket

Spray paint in red, gold, green – whatever colour you prefer to match your holiday decor

Adhesive numbers up to 24 and star stickers

Treats and sweets


Here’s a quick video to show you how to make this DIY advent calendar for yourself – it really couldn’t be easier. Enjoy the festive music while you watch!

And there you have it – 25 tiny buckets that you can fill with toffees, chocolate coins, boiled sweets and any other little treats you can think of. If there’s 4 of you in your family, make sure you add a treat for each person. Add something special into the bigger Christmas day bucket, such as candy canes or chocolate bars. You can use them as decorations for your Christmas tree and the little ones can have fun hunting out the correct bucket each day. Alternatively, you can hang them on a rail or stand them in line on the mantelpiece or a windowsill. Or you could hide the buckets around the house or dot them on your bookshelves to hunt out as a family.I first posted this video on my Instagram story so if you’d like to be first to see my latest DIY projects and recipes, please follow me @Cassiefairy on Instagram. Let me know if you have a go at making this advent calendar for yourself and I’d love to see your photos so please leave me a comment below or tweet me @Cassiefairy.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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