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How to create a cute DIY advent calendar with socks

Keep the kids entertained while creating some festive buzz by making your own DIY advent calendar. The best part is you can wear the socks when you’re done

How to create a cute DIY advent calendar with socks

If you’re looking for a fun and easy activity to get you and the kids in a festive mood, this cute and quirky advent calendar starts with a simple pair of socks.

You’ll need:
+ 12 pairs of socks in a colour scheme of your choice (pick ones the family can wear afterwards)
+ Embellishments to decorate them with (eg gift tags, tassels, bells, buttons, pom poms, wool, tinsel)
+ Hot glue gun or needle and thread.
+ Small gifts to place in socks.
+ 2 x 1.5m twine, sturdy cord or thick ribbon.
4 push pins or small nails.
+ 24 mini pegs or clips.

Step by step

+ Decorate each sock with 1-2 embellishments and secure them with hot glue or a few stitches. If you like, you could also add a number – cut from felt or card – from 1-24.

+ Place small gifts inside each sock. You could use tiny Christmas decorations, small wrapped chocolates, a nice pencil or eraser, or a small figurine. You could even write a funny joke on some card, or type up some holiday challenges such as ‘make gingerbread men’, ‘decorate the tree’ or ‘sweep the driveway for Santa’.

+ To hang the socks, attach your twine, cord or ribbon to the wall with a push pin or a small nail at either end. Leave a little slack so your socks will hang nicely, but not too much.

+ Clip all the socks onto the ribbon with mini clips or pegs and let the kids open one each day in December as they count down to Christmas.

Shop the Look

+ Rubi Dot the Spot socks and Glinda rib sparkle socks, $6.95 a pair, from Cotton On.
+ Craft Wise Rose Blush stickers, tags, rosettes and paper, $3 a packet, from The Warehouse.
+ Wire copper pegs, $3 for 10, from Kmart.
+ Wingback Rosa chair, $1495, from Me & My Trend.
+ Radial side table in walnut, $599, from Citta.
+ Giada pink vessel, $26.95,
+ Morjim copper candle, $12.95, Nova rug, $399, all from Freedom.
+ Ceramic copper reindeer, $21.99, from Spotlight.
+ Wall painted in Resene ‘Rice Cake’.
+ All other items stylist’s own.

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