This Christmas I decided to make my own Sock Garland Advent Calendar for my two-year old son. He may not totally understand the concept of the Advent Calendar but I can tell he loves the mystery that surrounds getting to find out what kind of surprise is in each sock. We check it every evening after dinner; it’s quite an ordeal in our house.
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So, if you’re like me and have accumulated quite a collection of unpaired and mismatched socks- between my husband and my son it’s a mystery how so many many socks go missing between washings- then try this DIY Sock Garland Advent Calendar this Christmas! Not only am I able to display his tiny little socks, I can also help teach him the valuable cognitive skills that are associated with learning to count numbers as well as the emotional development that comes with the understating of patience.
- 25 Toddler/Baby Socks
- 25 Small Clothes Pins
- Spray Paint
- Elmer’s Glue
- Cut a piece of twine about 70” long.
- Gather 25 of your favorite socks from your toddler’s collection, ideally socks they’ve outgrown.
- Spray paint 25 safety pins and set aside to dry. I used silver. Attach the clothes pins to a piece of cardboard to stabilize them while you spray paint them.
- Use a K-cup to trace 25 circles on to cardstock. I used a light gray because most of my son’s socks are in the blue/gray family. Cut each circle out and set aside.
- Using Elmer’s glue, write numbers 1-25 on each circle and cover with glitter of your choice. I used a fine silver glitter. In retrospect, I should have used red or blue glitter to make the numbers pop!
- Hide candy, small toys, snacks, and money in each sock.
- Affix each sock and number in sequential order to the twine with a clothes pin.
- Hang and enjoy.
Looking for ideas of what to hide in each sock? Check out my list below of some of the things I included in my son’s DIY- Sock Garland Advent Calendar.
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Do you use an advent calendar at your house? If you’ve made a DIY Advent Calendar, I’d love to see pictures.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.
Gloria Harvley says
This is so cute! I can’t wait to have kids so I can try this out! It’s perfect.
La Shell says
I keep hearing about Advent calendars and it’s a bit foreign to me. I did some research and found out eventually. I love yours as it’s DIY and you can put whatever gifts you want inside!
jill conyers says
What a fun idea. I love the creative twist on a classic holiday activity.
Wow! That’s an awesome and great idea. To be a parent is not easy, you have to make sure you mold them in such a way that they will grow up with good value and great childhood memories.