100+ Simple Catholic Advent Crafts and Activities for Kids

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It’s the time of year to grab your supplies and get busy creating Catholic Advent crafts for your family!

My kids have been busy going through my Pinterest boards and deciding on their favorites. We have enough ideas to celebrate all the way through the 12 days of Christmas, and then on to the Epiphany.

Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids

You’ll want to bookmark these ideas and have fun with your little ones!

Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids

During Advent, we’re going to be utilizing the free Advent Adventure program from Holy Heroes. My kids are anxious to get started!

Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Advent Wreaths

We keep Advent wreath ideas simple around here, but if you’re the crafty type, I found loads of Advent wreath crafts and activities for you to peruse.

First things first, you’ll need an Advent wreath for your family. (no worries — I’ve got you covered with a few choices here)

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Don’t forget your candles, either. For the record, you’ll need some taper candles (skinny tall ones), as well as a pillar candle. In the taper size, you’ll need 3 purple, 1 pink, and 4 white. Once Advent is over, you’ll switch out your purple and pink candles, changing them to white to denote Christmastide.

You can also roll your own beeswax candles. This idea looks like a lot of fun, but requires that I plan ahead, which can sometimes be a stumbling block.




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If you want to craft your own Advent wreath, take a look at some of these ideas:



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Catholic Advent Printables

Check your ink and paper supply. I found a myriad of advent printables for your family — ideas for lapbooks, activity cards, coloring pages and more.




Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Saint Nicholas

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Celebrating St Nicholas is one of my children’s favorite Advent activities! They love this fun craft of turning chocolate Santas into Saint Nicholas.

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Part of the legend of St Nicholas includes finding coins in a shoe. You can create your own St Nicholas Chocolate Coins to hide in your house using a template. While you’re busy eating chocolate, learn more with these St Nicholas printables.

St Nicholas Printables
St Nicholas Paper Shoe Craft from InCulture Parent
Everything You Need for a St Nicholas Day Party from Catholic Inspired
Wooden Spoon St Nicholas from Sycamore Stirrings
St Nicholas Miter Craftivity from Kindercraze
St Nicholas Sight Word Reader from Kindercraze
St Nicholas Printables from Making Learning Fun
St Nicholas Figure tutorial from Catholic Teacher Resources
St Nicholas printable calendar craft from First School


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Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Blessed Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

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December brings us so many Catholic holidays! You can celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with these easy shrine crafts.


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We paid homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe with our favorite Advent activities: a special dinner, making tilmas, and Mexican Wedding Cake cookies!

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You’ll find even more Advent foods and ideas to celebrate St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe at Shower of Roses.


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Books to share:


Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Saint Lucia

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Need resources to help you celebrate St Lucia Day? We’ve collected books, crafts, activities and recipes for your family to enjoy this season. Honor St Lucy with some of these ideas.

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Books to peruse:


Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Advent Calendars and More


How do you help children count down the days of Advent, while making sure to focus on preparing our hearts for Christ’s birth? This interactive children’s Advent calendar from Loyola Press gives kids a visual reminder and offers small challenges for children to grow in grace.

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I plan to be more intentional during Advent this year, focusing on time with my family. I’ll be able to enjoy time with my children and create family memories with these Advent activity cards.

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You’ll want to share the beautiful Bible story of Jesus’ birth with your children. I love these Bible verse Advent cards, breaking the story down in daily verses to review with your littles.

Advent music for Catholic Kids
Don’t forget the Advent music – including one of my very favorite Advent hymns, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.

Making Music Praying Twice (our Catholic homeschooling music curriculum) has Advent coloring pages to accompany the hymns you’ll be teaching your children. Don’t forget to listen to music samples there, too.


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Searching for ideas to teach your preschoolers about Advent? You’ll find lesson plans for Advent over at Catholic Toolbox.


Advent window decoration crafts
Your kids can work on fine motor skills while creating a beautiful decoration for your home with these Advent window decoration crafts.

Pressed for time or energy? You can check out these Advent craft kits and calendars to make your days a little less hectic.

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What are your favorite ways to celebrate Advent with your family? I’d love to hear your ideas for Advent activities!





  1. HI
    I am following you from Share it Saturday. I am the author and illustrator of Tadeo Turtle – a story about a little turtle who longs to be different. Through an exciting adventure he learns to accept how God has made him. It comes with a free curriculum. As well I do creative arts on Saturdays called Creative Saturdays – with a link.
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  2. Kelly at Little Wonders' Days says

    Thank you for featuring our advent wreaths. I loved them so much that I saved them to put out again this year. We’ll have to remake the chain, but that will be fun. Your round up is wonderful.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      You’re so welcome, Kelly! We’ll be doing some sort of variation of Advent wreaths later this week. I’m excited! Hope to see you here again!

  3. Hi Dianna,
    I’m working on an advent round up post and would love to include your link for the crafts. Would you mind if I included your link with picture?

    Also, I would like to invite you to join a group board I have called Inspiration Must Follow Catholic Moms http://www.pinterest.com/chelseythall/inspirational-must-follow-catholic-moms/

    If you’d like to join just follow the board and I’ll send you and invite !:)

    Love your blog! 🙂


    • Dianna Kennedy says


      Thank you so much! You’re more than welcome to include this in the roundup. I’d love to see it!

      I’ve accepted your invite and started pinning! Excited to be a part of this group.

  4. some lovely ideas on here

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  5. These are amazing and we made a wreath ourselves this weekend – the candles are a fab idea thank you.

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      I’m digging under the cabinets to find my stash for the Advent wreath — I need some toilet paper tubes!

      Thanks for coming by!

  6. How many great ideas of crafts for the Christmas break! I have pinned it for then. Linking in from MagicMoments.

  7. Kelly @ Eyes on the Source says

    We just pulled out all of our decorations and advent items for this year! These are some really fun ideas, thanks for sharing at Take it on Tuesday!!

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      Thanks for coming by, Kelly! We’ve got some great things planned for the following weeks! I’m glad you found this helpful!

  8. The Fairy and The Frog says

    What alot of lovely crafts, I really want to make an advent wreath with the kids. Thanks for joining in the Monday Parenting Pin it party. 🙂

  9. Erika Drain says

    Thank you for linking up my Raising Little Saint Advent printable! LOVE this blog post, so many great links and ideas!
    🙂 +JMJ+

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      Hello, Erika! We’ve got even more to share this week — my kids are super excited about Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Lucia! So much fun!

      Great to see you, my sweet friend !

  10. I love the advent wreaths – easy to make but such a great decoration!

  11. Oh those advent wreaths are just wonderful – and a great craft for toddlers too. Thanks for inspiring.

  12. Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy says

    I love the chocolate santa turned into St. Nicholas. Fabulous! This is a really nice roundup for Catholic moms (or dads).

  13. Those Advent wreaths look like a lot of fun to make for kids of all ages. What a beautiful tradition to pass down and celebrate.

  14. Marie @ Child Led Life says

    Love this! I am adding those advent wreaths to our crafts for this month. Thank you for a great collection. 🙂

  15. Colleen Kessler says

    Super cute stuff — as always… Thanks for collecting all these great ideas in one place. MWAH!

  16. Suzi Whitford says

    This is great and definitely something I can add to my Advent traditions! http://thewhitfordlife.com/16-beautiful-easy-advent-traditions/ Thank you!!

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