Oh my gosh friends… I am so excited for our advent calendar this year.
As you may know, we’re slightly (okay majorly) obsessed with punch piñatas.
We love making them so much and the kids love playing with them, that we decided it was time for another… A Christmas Countdown Version.The idea of the punch piñata is still in tack, but rather than having each child at a party punch out a hole, we’re saving the punching as a countdown to Christmas – advent calendar style. I’ve said it before, but it really is pretty easy to make.
- Two Piece of Green Poster Board
- 2 Packages of Mini-Paper Bags
- Tissue Paper – If you’re going colorful like we made, then you will need 1 sheet of each color. If you would rather keep it all the same color, you would only need 2 sheets of tissue paper total.
- Number Stencils
- White Paint
- Stencil Sponge or Paint Brush
- One piece of Duct Tape
- Masking Tape or scott tape
- Circle Stencil (jar lid, cup, bowl) approximately 3 inches in diameter.
- Toys, Chocolate, Treats
- Hole Punch
- 1 foot of yarn
First thing to do is to do is to tape the two pieces of poster board together on the long edge using the duct tape. Next is to draw out your tree onto the poster board. Hint: I drew it out on a piece of paper first to make sure I had enough width for the number of holes.)
I drew the base approximately 5 inches wide and made each tree level approximately 8.5 inches apart. Once you have the tree, using the scissors, cut it out.
Then using your circle stencil (I used a cup lid), on the backside of the poster board (so the side with the duct tape) draw your circles. Another hint… MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 25 HOLES. I’m not saying I messed up, but I’m not saying I didn’t either 🙂 I was able to fix it, but just remember. 🙂 Then using the x-acto knife, cut out the holes.
Next you will need to cut out your tissue paper. I used one of the circles I had cut out of the poster board and then cut out two squares of each color tissue paper.On the back side of the poster board layout your tissue papers to cover the holes. Using the masking tape or clear tape, tape the tissue paper to each hole. You may need to trim the tissue paper that hangs over the edges of the trees. Next you are going to turn your tree over and start to stencil the numbers onto the tissue paper. I used a 2 inch stencil. Lightly press the paint and let dry.Once you have your numbers dry, its time to fill up the holes. We filled the holes with light weight chocolates, stickers, and trinkets that I know my kids would love. These are great items to find in the party favor aisles. Just remember they have to be pretty small to fit in the 3 inch hole. Once you’ve laid out all your goodies, it time to add the paper bags.For the paper bags, you will only need the bottom 3 inches of the bag. Cut each of the tops off the bags first. Then make a cut, using the scissors, along the corners down from the top approximately an inch and fold each of the sides down. Once you have them all down, lay them out over each of the tissue holes covering the trinkets underneath. Using your tape, tape each of the corners down to hold the treats in place.
Last step is to hole punch two holes at the top and tie your yarn to each hole creating a holder.Viola, you have yourself the most fun punch pinata advent calendar. You can hang it on the back of a door using a nail or wreath hook. You are guaranteed to have some HAPPY HAPPY kids this Christmas season!