No matter your age, you can appreciate the fun that comes with advent calendars. Advent calendars are wonderful ways to count down the days until Christmas when you’ll spend precious time with loved ones and celebrate the season.
Advent calendars allow you to open one (usually tiny) gift each day of December until the 25th. Most store-bought advent calendars include small chocolates in their boxes, offering a daily sweet treat before the holiday. Others offer things like small toys and trinkets to hold you over until the big day.
While the calendars from the store are fun, they don’t always offer the treats you really want for Christmas (we love DIY crochet animal pals). Plus, you can’t typically reuse them so you’ll have to purchase a new advent calendar each holiday season.
But by DIY-ing your own advent calendar, you can reuse it for years to come and customize it with your favorite holiday treats.
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Village Advent Calendar
This DIY puts a whole new spin on advent calendar. Instead of a static sheet with numbers on it, holiday treasures are hidden inside DIY numbered paper houses. Jumble up the numbers to make finding the day’s box a little more interactive and fun. Bonus: This advent calendar will look magical on your mantle.
Advent Village DIY from A Beautiful Mess
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Modern DIY Advent Calendar
Minimalists, rejoice. If we could describe this craft in three words, it would be simple, sleek and modern.
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With the printable template included in this tutorial, you can create your own DIY hanging advent garland with ease. You’ll just need an iron and transfer paper to get the designs onto small fabric drawstring bags.
DIY Advent Calendar from Wolves in LondonContinue to 5 of 12 below.
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Advent Calendar Boxes
Even those without a crafty bone in their body will be able to follow this tutorial to create mini advent calendar boxes. Fill them with small toys and candy to watch your kids’ faces light up each day until Christmas.
Advent Calendar Boxes DIY For Giving This Christmas from Make Life Lovely
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Hanging Stockings Advent Calendar
Perhaps the most classic Christmas decoration is a big, red Santa stocking. This tutorial will show you how to make several numbered mini stockings and transform them into a DIY advent calendar.
Heirloom Advent Calendar DIY from A Beautiful MessContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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Activity Advent Calendar
Instead of filling your advent calendar with sugary treats and plastic junk, make these fun (and free) activity-focused surprises. This blog includes a number of ideas for yours, like going ice skating and baking cookies.
Our Christmas DIY Advent Calendar from Fresh Mommy Blog
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Colorful Hanging Advent Calendar
If a princess was somehow turned into an advent calendar, this is what it would look like: whimsical, colorful and sparkly. But our favorite part of this DIY is that it’s completely customizable. Easily change the color scheme to whatever fits your mood or already-established home decor.
Pink & Copper DIY Advent Calendar from Bird’s Party
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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
You can find mini bottle brush trees and mini cork bottles at most hobby shops. If you can’t, head to the great world wide web to snag them before you make this stunning Christmas tree advent calendar for the holidays.
DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar from Your DIY Family
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Boozy Advent Calendar DIY
Adults only, please! For your favorite human over the age of 21, make a booze-filled advent calendar to give them a little dose of alcoholic joy each day leading up to the holiday. You can use beer, wine or other spirits. And of course, you can customize this to be alcohol-free by swapping out the booze for fizzy juices or craft sodas.
DIY Beer Advent Calendar from Chasin’ Mason