Let Santa's little helpers help you countdown to Christmas! Make a DIY Christmas advent calendar with 24 adorable elf hats, each one filled with tiny toys and tasty treats! For a fun twist, switch up the hat for December 25th with a Santa hat in lieu of an elf hat!

By Manal Aman

Count down to Christmas with this adorable DIY advent calendar. Perfect for crafting with kids, this handmade Christmas calendar is a festive way to celebrate the season. All it takes is some cardstock and our free printable pattern. 

What You'll Need

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  • 12 sheets of green cardstock paper
  • 1 sheet of red cardstock paper
  • Scrap of white cardstock paper
  • Double ply red crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape
  • 24 small red pom poms
  • 1 small white pom pom
  • Numeral stickers
  • Advent calendar fillers

Step 1: Cut Template

Cut the

elf hat template

from green cardstock paper. If desired, you can print the template directly onto the cardstock to save time tracing the template onto the paper first. Cut 24 templates for 24 elf hats. If making a Santa hat for the 25th day, cut out a template from a sheet of red cardstock paper.

Step 2: Fill Hats

Using a hot glue gun, assemble the cone portion of the template. Then fill each cone with treats. Fold the circular base of the template down onto the cone. Use tape to close.

Step 3: Add Embelishments

From the double ply crepe paper, cut strips about 1" wide and 9" in length (or long enough to fit around the base of the green hats.) Then, use scissors to cut a zig-zag pattern along one side of each strip. As you will need 24 strips for the advent calendar, it can speed up the process to cut multiple strips at once by layering them on top of each other. For the Santa hat, make the brim from a scrap piece of white paper, then glue onto the red cardstock.

Step 4: Finish the Hats

To attach the elf hat brim to the cone, first fold the crepe paper strip into a circle and glue the ends together. (If desired use scissors to trim the spikes so they line up in a zig zag pattern even when folded in a circle.) Then slip the crepe paper circle down the paper cone so it sits snugly at the bottom of the cone.

If needed, you can add hot glue to further secure the brim to the hat, though you may find the brim sits snugly enough on the paper cone that there isn't need for any glue.

Hot glue a red pom pom to the top point of each of the green paper cones. For the Santa hat, glue a white pom pom to the top point of the red cone.

Lastly, finish the calendar by numbering the hats from 1-25.


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