Count Down to Easter With a DIY Advent Calendar

Put those plastic eggs and basket to use in the 12 days leading up to the Easter Bunny’s arrival with this easy project that’ll help kids count down to Easter morning.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed

  • dozen plastic eggs
  • basket (that you'll ultimately use as the child's Easter basket)
  • scrapbook numeral stickers
  • shredded paper or wood excelsior (for filler)
  • preserved moss
  • small assorted foil-wrapped chocolates
  • jelly beans
  • pom-pom chicks or bunnies
  • small toys, erasers or stickers

Prep Basket

Add a layer of Easter grass, shredded paper or wood excelsior to fill the bottom of the basket (Image 1). Top with a decorative layer of preserved moss (Image 2).

Prep Eggs

Add numeral stickers, 1-12, to the top half of each plastic egg, leaving the hinged area uncovered so the egg can freely open.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Fill Eggs

Add an assortment of surprises (Image 1), like candy and small toys (Image 2) to the numbered eggs – one for each of the 12 days.

Fill Basket

Place filled eggs in basket, lining them up from day 1 to day 12 (Images 1 and 2). Note: For our basket, 4 rows of 3 fit perfectly but create a layout to best suit your basket (Image 3).

Have Fun

Each day, let kids open that day’s egg. Make it a game, having them guess what might be inside.

Easter Morning

Repurpose the countdown basket to serve as an Easter basket, swapping out the now-empty plastic eggs for assorted goodies.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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