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Make this craft and begin on December 14th for a countdown of 12 days ‘til Christmas for your little ones! This craft is almost like an Advent calendar, but only for 12 days and made of baby or kid socks.  What you do is take 12 stray socks (all moms know you have them stuffed in your drawers) or a mix of new ones in festive colors and take a long ribbon along a mantle or railing and hang them with clothes pins.  Stuff each mini “sock” aka stocking with a small toy or candy. Make sure the toy is age-appropriate in case of choking hazards. Then, starting on December 14th countdown 12 days ‘til Christmas and take down one sock a day, and let your child pull out the surprise. Make sure to clip the socks back up on the ribbon after the gift has been removed. This makes the countdown ‘til Christmas fun!

What You Need:

  • 12 socks
  • Ribbon
  • Number stickers
  • Round stickers
  • Pushpins
  • Mini clothespins or regular clothespins work too


  1. Gather 12 single socks — in colors that go well together (vary the sizes, if you like). Lay them out in the order you want to hang them, leaving spaces in between.
  2. Cut the ribbon to the desired length; to find how long it should be, measure across the row of socks and add 12 inches (ours was 72 inches).
  3. Use number stickers to label each sock. If one has a busy pattern, place the number on top of a solid round sticker so that it’s easier to read.
  4. Tack the ends of the ribbon to a railing or mantle; if you like, you can fasten the ribbon in several places to make a few swags.
  5. Use mini clothespins to clip the socks to the ribbon; overlap them if you need to save space.
  6. Tuck a gift inside each. If the item is heavy, use a larger clothespin to secure the sock.

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