DIY Advent Calendar Ornaments plus a Homemade Mod Podge Recipe!

I have been searching for a way to create my own DIY Advent Calendar that reflects what the Advent season is about and represents my style at the same time. I wanted  to inspire anticipation and celebrate the coming of Christ, not just simply count down to Christmas.  I decided to decorate my own ornaments, each displaying a different name of Christ. By decorating my own Advent Calendar Ornaments, I can also match my Christmas décor.

Beginning December 1st, we will have hang one ornament on the tree daily until Christmas. With each ornament we can discuss the meaning of the name or read the corresponding scripture and celebrate Christ’s birth. All the ornaments start out in a large vase or an apothecary jar and serve as a decorative pieces until they are hung on the tree.


  • Get the kids involved and get creative…Paint, Paper Mache, Clay, Ribbon. Make it your own, nothing is off limits.
  • Choose 25 names of Christ
  • Place the finished ornaments in a large vase or an apothecary jar.
  • Hang one ornament each day in December until Christmas and celebrate Christ’s birth all month.

These are how mine turned out…

Here are some DIY tips that will be useful in this project…

If you are like me and love to craft, but only pull out the decoupage about 2 or 3 times a year, the lid on your Mod Podge may be impenetrable because it’s been glued shut for who knows how long. That is the situation I found myself in when I sat down to make my Advent Ornaments. I needed decoupage and I didn’t want to break my crafting stride by going to the store, so I made my own!

Homemade Mod Podge Recipe:

What you will need:

  1. A jar
  2. Elmer’s Glue
  3. Water

How to do it:

  • Empty the glue into a jar. My jar is just an old pickle jar.
  • Add Water. You need it to be 50% glue and 50% water.
  • Shake it up! And you are done!!

Break down: Mod Podge 16 oz. $7.37
Elmer’s Glue 4 oz. 4-pack – $4.40 One 4 0z. bottle of Elmer’s will make 8 oz. of homemade decoupage. So, for $ 2.20 you can make 16 oz. of the homemade kind!

I also antiqued my own sheet music for this project. If you’d like to DIY Antique Paper check out my post on how to do it. It’s super easy!

What you will need:

  • Brewed coffee (or tea) – I used what was left over from earlier that morning :)
  • Paint Brush or sponge
  • Desired page(s)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven

How to do it:

  1. Choose the page you want to “antique”.
  2. Lay the page(s) on cookie sheet. (You can crumple up and then straighten your pages as this will give a crinkle effect.)
  3. Brush on a light coat of coffee or tea, covering page completely.
  4. Bake on 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until dry.
  5. Repeat steps until you achieve the desired color.


  1. Carly Perez says

    I love this!! I am making my own ornaments with clear ornaments, acrilic paint, stickers and modge podge! I’m gonna have to do this too!


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