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How to Make an Advent Calendar or Countdown Calendar

Updated on September 12, 2016
Picture of hand made Advent Calendar
Picture of hand made Advent Calendar | Source

Its Fun to Make Your Own Advent Calendars

If you want to know how to make an advent calendar, then this page is for you. Also known as Countdown Calendars, Advent Calendars are great craft projects for Christmas or the Holiday Season. With a little paper, cardstock, adhesives and ribbon and glitter, you're on your way to making a stunning home made item.

Photo Credits: June Campbell

Make this Advent Calendar - Hanging Advent Calendar Made with Paper

Hand Made Advent Calendar
Hand Made Advent Calendar | Source

This Advent Calendar lies flat on a table or hangs from the wall with ribbon. It's made with easy to locate supplies that you can find at any craft store, or at the Dollar Stores. You may even have most of the materials in your stash. Best yet, you can make this calendar for less than ten dollars.

Its easy to make this Advent Calendar when you follow the video tutorial at this link

What's Your Take on Advent Calendars?

Where do you stand on Advent or Countdown Calendars?

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Ancestor Advent Calendar
Ancestor Advent Calendar | Source

Ancestor Advent Calendar

Tim Holtz Inspired

This Ancestor Advent Calendar is Tim Holtz inspired. Each of the 25 envelopes is cut by hand and decorated with a portrait cut from Tim Holtz scrapbook paper. Each envelope is topped with a computer generated gold hinge, and contains a quote about art and a gold coin made from chocolate. I decorated the top with gold card stock that is dry embossed, plus three hand made Tim Holtz-inspired flowers. The roses are made from grunge paper and the rosette is made from the same scrapbook paper that I used in the Advent Calendar.

This calendar could be personalized by using actual pictures of your ancestors, and each pocket could contain a bit of writing about that individual. I think that would be a wonderful way to honor your family members and a wonderful gift for someone in your family.

Make a Magnetic Advent Calendar

A mini muffin tin, some magnetic dots from EK Success, patterned card stock and your imagination are all it takes to make this cute Advent Calendar.

It's so easy and fast to make, you'll want to make several sets of tops. Why not have Countdown Calendars for birthdays, graduations, Easter, the last day of school, retirement or for any other special occasion.

The video tutorial below shows you every step to follow.

Magnetic Advent Calendar Video Demonstration - Magnets and Muffin Tins Make this Charming Item

3D Countdown Calendar Kit

Karen Foster 3D Countdown Calendar, 25 Drawers
Karen Foster 3D Countdown Calendar, 25 Drawers

This is the 3D Countdown Calendar Kit by Karen Foster. It is the kit I used in the video demonstration. You have seen how easy and versatile it is to decorate, and how really cool it is when you are finished.

 

Make this 3-D Advent or Countdown Calendar

This adorable countdown calendar is made with a kit from Karen Foster Designs. The little boxes or drawers are reversible so you can make an Advent Calendar on one side and another type of Countdown Calendar on the other.

When I made mine, I made a Christmas Advent Calendar on one side and a Birthday Countdown on the other.

Finding the kit may be the difficult part. They fly off the shelves in the craft shops. Amazon stocks them but even there they run out of stock quickly.

Video Demonstration | 3D Countdown Calendar

Doves of Peace Advent Calendar
Doves of Peace Advent Calendar | Source

Doves of Peace Advent Calendar

This Advent Calendar is designed for an adult. It is similar in design to the Heritage Calendar above.

The background is a dark, rich green card stock and the little envelopes are hand cut from gold paper using a template found online. The pictures are vintage scrapbook paper and the trim is burlap paper with a "rickrack" strip cut with a die and the Sizzix Big Shot.

Each envelope contains a small item suitable for a mixed media artist.

I decorated the top with die cut doves cut with the Cricut and added some green and burlap colored flowers. I used fiber in a burlap color to create a hanger so the calendar can be displayed on the wall if desired.

Photos of Advent Calendars

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Doves of Peace CalendarCloseup of Top of Doves of Peace CalendarHand Made Advent Calendar for Child or AdultHeritage Advent CalendarMuffin Tin Magnetic Advent CalendarCloseup of Pockets of Original Advent CalendarCloseup of Top of Heritage CalendarBeautiful Advent Calendar Received as a giftTag CloseupAdvent for an Artist Advent
Doves of Peace Calendar
Doves of Peace Calendar | Source
Closeup of Top of Doves of Peace Calendar
Closeup of Top of Doves of Peace Calendar | Source
Hand Made Advent Calendar for Child or Adult
Hand Made Advent Calendar for Child or Adult | Source
Heritage Advent Calendar
Heritage Advent Calendar | Source
Muffin Tin Magnetic Advent Calendar
Muffin Tin Magnetic Advent Calendar | Source
Closeup of Pockets of Original Advent Calendar
Closeup of Pockets of Original Advent Calendar | Source
Closeup of Top of Heritage Calendar
Closeup of Top of Heritage Calendar | Source
Beautiful Advent Calendar Received as a gift
Beautiful Advent Calendar Received as a gift | Source
Tag Closeup
Tag Closeup | Source
Advent for an Artist Advent
Advent for an Artist Advent | Source

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    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @LouisaDembul: Countdown calendars are fun also. I have made one or two of those. Thanks for visiting.

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      LouisaDembul 

      5 years ago

      these advent calendars are great. we are planning to make a countdown calendar for another event, so I came to get some tips!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Wow, so many ideas! Advent calendars just for every taste!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Lady Lorelei: Thank you!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I love the photo advent calendar. That is absolutely gorgeous.

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @aesta1: Advent is a significant time. I am busy making new advent calendars right now -- to give as gifts.

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used to have these in my classrooms and would often remind students of advent amidst the Christmas excitement.

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @JJNW: Yes indeed, it is that time of year again Thanks so much for commenting.

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      JJNW 

      7 years ago from USA

      I love advent calendars! Thanks so much for reminding me it's that time of year again! Lovely tradition. Great ideas here!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @encouragingwords: Many thanks. I'll visit some of your lenses right away.

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      encouragingwords 

      7 years ago

      Advent calendars are my favorite; great lens and rolled to Christmas Quotes and Sentiments.

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      julieannbrady 

      7 years ago

      I love calendars and Advent and DIY projects as cool as this one!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @Tarra99: Thanks! I appreciate your visit also.

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      Tarra99 

      7 years ago

      cool tutorial...they look great! thanks for sharing and thanks for popping into my retro spider-man lens...I appreciate your visit!

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      June Campbell 

      7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @emmaklarkins: Thanks so much for the Squid Angel Blessing Its always an honor.

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      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      I love advent calendars! Never thought of making one from scratch. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel!

    • junecampbell profile imageAUTHOR

      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @delia-delia: Thank you! Advent calendars in general are wonderful, aren't they? This past Christmas, I didn't make one. I had made several the year before and I was all calendared-out.

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      Delia 

      8 years ago

      I love it! great lens...5*...I have made personal Advent Calendars for others... advent calendars have been a tradition for me since childhoon from Germany.

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      heatherblakey 

      9 years ago

      This really is a lot of fun. I am including a link to you on my Advent Calendar and I will check out lots of your lens. I think you would love Soul Food and the people who are gathered here.

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