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Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree
Messiness: High
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Melissa Allen
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The countdown to Christmas is so much fun when you have a fun Advent calender to help you along the way. If you have an afternoon and some coin wrappers, your little ones can make a special Advent countdown too!

How We Did It

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

When picking out your 24 coin wrappers, I would suggest using the larger ones and trying to avoid the dime wrappers. If you choose to add a star to the top, you can use a wood one like we did or just cut one out of a piece of cardboard.

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

Your first step is to glue the wrappers in a tree form with the tacky glue. (It's important to use tacky glue for this, since it holds the best.) Once they are all piled together in a very imperfect tree shape, let it set for an hour or so before painting.

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

While the glue was drying, my five-year-old got to work painting the star. She added a touch of glitter to give her star some sparkle.

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

Once the glue is set, it's time to paint those wrappers. My kids went for the traditional green, but any color will do.

Coin Wrapper Advent Tree

With some more tacky glue, we decorated the tree with beads and pom-poms and topped it off with our star. There was only one more step left and that was to fill each day with a special treat. This year I think I will place a little piece of paper in each spot with a holiday themed activity to do. (Some simple suggestions: sing your favorite Christmas song, make a paper snowflake, make a Santa bubble beard in the bath, and bake cookies.) Now we're all geared up for a memorable countdown!


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So cute! My 4-year old bought some coin wrappers at the dollar store, just because they looked cool. :-) Now we have something practical to do with them!

posted by: Jennifer on 10.17.2012

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