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DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

Here’s an easy homemade advent calendar idea!

Try making this simple and inexpensive DIY advent calendar by hanging little treat sacks with small clothespins! Each day during December your family can look forward to opening a different little sack. Fill bags with small toys, party favors, stickers, treats, written messages, or even acts of kindness.

Advent calendars are such a fun tradition, and this DIY turned out so cute!

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

Simple craft supplies

First, you’ll need a few inexpensive craft supplies for this project. My small clothespins and paper treat bags are from Michaels and come in a variety of patterns and colors. The Christmas numbered Recollections brand gift tags can be found in-store at Michaels. If you can’t find them, blank gift tags will work, too. Simply write each number out instead. I was able to purchase what I needed for around $15!

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

Here’s how I made mine…

I used a piece of scrap wood (a piece of beadboard that I already had in the garage). I painted it with a fresh coat of white paint for this project, then I glued the clothespins to the board. If you like this beadboard look, pick up a piece and have it cut to size at the hardware store, or even use a different wood – it’s up to you!

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

The bottom and top pieces of trim are thin pieces of poplar hobby board from the hardware store that I stained and glued to my board using Liquid Nails. I think it gives a more finished look but is definitively optional.

Then, I just hung each bag and numbered tag to the board. The best part is I can re-use this advent calendar next year! So fun. I plan on leaning this against the wall in my kitchen next to my Christmas Tree or on my mantel, but you can add a picture hanger to the back and hang it up, too.

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

DIY Hanging Treat Treat Bag Advent Calendar

Supplies Needed:
Instructions:
  • Prep wood board with paint and trim pieces with stain as desired. Glue trim to top and bottom using Liquid Nails. Let dry.

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

  • Measure out 4 rows of 6 treat bags and attach clothespins using hot glue. I used a T Square tool as a guide to make sure I was placing clothespins evenly and straight, but a ruler would work!

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

  • Fold each bag and hang the numbered tag with clothespins.

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

  • Fill each bag with desired goodies for each day in December. The contents don’t have to be expensive. In fact, maybe consider checking out the Dollar Tree for fun and inexpensive items or re-purpose Halloween candy if you have leftover.

DIY Hanging Treat Bag Advent Calendar

This makes me so excited for Christmas! 🎄

I love how this advent calendar turned out, and I look forward to using it! I know it’s early in the holiday season, but it’s nice to plan ahead for things like an advent calendar so you can start thinking about making one now instead of mid-December! Ha. In fact, check out the Mini Muffin Pan Advent Calendar I put together last year. That was a fun one, too!


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


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  1. Tris

    This is adorable! I love it!😊

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Tris!!

  2. Mary

    Oh my gosh!!! I love this idea! I’m definitely gonna make this for my niece with a paw patrol theme! Thank you!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how cute Mary! Have so much fun ❤️

  3. Shannon

    Love it! You have the best ideas!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aw thanks Shannon! ❤️

  4. AilineAZ

    Love it! What was the total cost without the filling?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      So for me using scrap wood and scrap pieces of trim – I had everything except for the bags, clothespins, and numbered tags – so under $20.

  5. Valerie H

    I was at IKEA last weekend and they have two super cute kits that would help with this craft! One is a kit with 25 Christmas mini bags with number stickers. The other is 25 little Christmas cardboard boxes that are animals and trees and things with numbered stickers too. I bought both to see which one I like best, I’m so excited to make this craft! Here are links for the two kits.
    https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70402683/
    https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70402678/

  6. Beth

    I finally got around to making this (just in time!) and put Hot Wheels and Hershey’s Kisses in it for my boys! Thank you guys so much!!!

    • Beth

      Also, used scrap shiplap from HomeDepot, and had a 40% off your entire online order from Michael’s… so this was SUPER affordable and I can use it all again next year!

      • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

        Oh great score on the coupon! Nice!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay! I’m so glad! Thanks for coming back and sharing. ❤️

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