Monday, November 23, 2009

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

I know Thanksgiving hasn't even come and gone yet, but I am already planning out my Christmas baking plans and wanted to share with you all this super cute idea! Last year I found one of the most creative ideas I have ever seen in a holiday craft book called Celebrate the Holidays to create a homemade advent calendar using a muffin tin. Unfortunately by the time I had discovered this unique way to countdown the days to Christmas the month of December was already half over. I have been anxiously awaiting for December to roll around this year so I could create this calendar as this brings me back to my childhood. Every year my sister and I would get an advent calendar that had a holiday scene on it with perforated windows that would punch out and have a piece of candy behind them. Each day we were so excited to open up the window on the calendar and reveal the shape of the chocolate whether it was a tree, bell, ornament or present, as we counted down the 24 days to Christmas.

With this muffin tin advent calendar I plan to place a piece of paper that contains a fun holiday recipe in each compartment that I will make and share with you so we can count down the 24 days to Christmas together. The recipes I plan to make will be family favorites that we have made over the years at Christmas time or brand new recipes that I have come across that I think you will really enjoy! So be sure to check back on Dec 1, 2, 3, 4 and all the way to the 24th for a unique way to celebrate this holiday season!

There is still plenty of time to make your own muffin tin advent calendar so I'm going to share with you all the materials you will need to get started!

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar Supplies:

  • 24-piece Wilton muffin tin
  • patterned paper
  • magnetic sheet
  • stickers & embellishments
1. Sand over a 24-piece muffin tin to give it an aged look.
2. Cut twenty four 2 1/2" squares from a magnetic sheet and cover each with an assortment of paper and embellishments.
3. Place candy inside the holes and cover with the magnets.

Pull back the adhesive layer from the magnetic sheet and place a piece of your pre-cut patterned paper over top. Place the magnet over a muffin tin hole and continue this same process until all 24 holes are covered.

Once all the muffin holes have been covered, use stickers to number the days 1-24 and then add on any extra embellishments you wish to add a special touch to your advent calendar.

Look how cute this calender turned out! The possibilities are endless with what you can fill the muffin holes with. So now that you know how I am going to personalize my advent calendar with a new recipe each day, I'm going to share with you some ideas on how you and your family can personalize your advent calendar.

1.Place a piece of candy in each hole
2.Write the name of a Christmas carol on a piece of paper and place in each hole, and sing a song a day until Christmas (Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, O Holy Night, etc.)
3.Write down a family activity that you can do as you count down the days to Christmas (buy a tree, make popcorn garland, go ice skating, make a snowman, etc.)

If you plan to make an advent calendar, leave me a comment letting me know what you plan on putting in each muffin hole to celebrate the countdown to Christmas!


  1. Very cute! I wonder if the foreign language clubs at the high school still sell the advent calendars? The chocolate was delicious!

    Mom asked me a couple of weeks ago if I had an advent calendar. I wonder if it had something to do with what you just posted?!?!?!

  2. Another cute and innovative idea. What kind of candy is hiding in your holes?


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