12 Days of Christmas Countdown

At two years old, my daughter is beginning to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays. She understands that Christmas means yummy food, fun presents, lots of singing, and craft-apalooza on the kitchen table.

One such craft is this simple DIY especially for her … a muffin tin countdown for the 12 days of Christmas.


  • Mini muffin tin
  • 2 1/2 inch circle punch
  • Red and green paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Black marker
  • 12 tiny surprises


  • Punch 6 green circles and 6 red circles
  • Write one number (1-12) on each
  • Fill each space with a tiny surprise
  • Place two small pieces of double-sided tape on the top and bottom of each circle and firmly press over the muffin space
  • Watch your little ones happy faces as they uncover each space beginning on December 14th


This project could easily be morphed into an Advent Calendar with a 24 space muffin tin.

Tiny surprise could be candy, mini animals, or stickers.

For older children, each space could hold a coupon for Christmas activities like a Christmas light drive, baking cookies, a visit to Santa, volunteering to ring the Salvation Army bell, helping to wrap presents, caroling, or a slumber party in the living room with a Christmas movie.

When Christmas is over, you have your muffin tin back!