Candy Cane Countdown to Christmas

Are you tired of spending a ton of money on countdown calendars that just end up getting used and tossed in the trash? I know I am so this is why this year, we’re making our own at home! This Candy Cane Countdown to Christmas activity is so much fun to make AND it’s a great way to keep the family active and engaged during the holiday season. 

PLUS, it will help the kids be able to visually sent and count daily on how many more days are left until the celebration of Christmas! This is such a fun and simple holiday activity that the whole family can easily enjoy. 

Make certain to check out our tip on Decorating Your Home For A Cosy Christmas as well

Candy Cane Countdown to Christmas

This activity takes me back to when I was a kid. Some of the best holiday crafts use the simplest supplies, ever. I’m also a big fan of this Christmas countdown activity because it works on the kid’s hand-eye coordination and has them helping create the entire thing as well. 

Because sometimes, we all get a little too excited and can’t seem to finish what we’ve started on. But with this holiday activity, there is no doubt about what needs to be done. 24 loops have to be made and attached so that one can be pulled off each day, counting down to the big day of Christmas! 

Supplies needed to make this Candy Cane Countdown to Christmas activity

  • Toilet Paper Roll


  • Construction and/or Foam Paper


  • Markers or Paint Pens


  • Scissors


  • Hole Punch


  • Pipe Cleaner


  • Craft Pom Poms
  • Craft Eyes
  • Ribbon or String

How to Make a Candy Cane Countdown 

Cut construction paper to size and cover TP roll completely

Cut out desired topper shape/design and decorate accordingly

Glue topper to TP roll

Using the construction paper, cut out 24 equal size strips for the chain

Decorate each strip with markers or paint pens

Glue the first chain link to the bottom of the topper as shown

Loop through and glue all additional strips to form the remainder of the chain

Use the hole puncher, or the tip of the scissors, to make a small hole on either side of the top portion of the topper

Run the pipe cleaner through the holes and twist the ends to make the hanger for the chain 

Hang the chain where desired, and remove one chain link at the end of each day

When you reach the topper, Christmas is here!! 

See how fun and simple this Candy Cane Countdown is The kids will love tearing off the pages proving that they’re one day closer to the holiday celebration! 

Have fun with this simple holiday activity. It’s a super simple way to make a fun holiday decoration for your home that serves a purpose, too. 

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