Advent Calendar Ideas - DIY
Pick Your Favorite DIY Advent Calendar Ideas
It's amazing the number and the variety of Advent Calendar ideas available to DIY. Even if your kids are long grown and out of the house, you can carry on this wonderful tradition. Whether your forte is sewing or in handling a hot glue gun or maybe just crafting in general, this page features several of my favorite DIY advent calendar ideas I've found online.
Pictured to the right is a unique alternative to stashing small gifts in advent calendars. Instead of gifts, fill the pockets of a DIY Advent Calendar with customized tags touting a special activity to do each day on the countdown to Christmas. This DIY idea is shared here at the blog, all things simple.
Combine your favorite DIY Advent Calendar ideas and start a new tradition with your family this Christmas! (Or make a DIY advent calendar as a gift to present to loved ones and/or friends.)
(Photo credit all things simple blog)
Traditional Advent Calendar Gift Chain
These wonderfully wrapped gifts (covered in beautiful Japanese paper) are tied together with twine and then hung to make a tradtional advent calendar chain. The folks at Martha Stewart tell you to number and hang the 24 gifts of this DIY advent calendar vertically with number 24 being at the top. Snip a gift daily from the bottom of the chain.
(Photo credit Martha Stewart.com)
DIY No-Sew Wall Advent Calendar Tutorial
Love this idea from The Crafty Crow.......You'll need 24 wooden embroidery hoops of various sizes and a few other goodies to make this cool advent calendar. The fabric pocket is created with a simple fold in the fabric; you can put stuff in there. More info found at the tutorial.
(Photo credit The Crafty Crow)
Advent Calendar Garland
Photo above courtesy Kai Ethier for House & Home Magazine
This is one of my favorite advent calendar ideas and you can make your own with a few simple materials. Burlap bags, freezer paper for stenciling (tips on using freezer paper here) and lots of DIY ornaments to stash inside each bag. How fun is this?!!!!
Ribbon Advent Calendar DIY Idea
Better Homes and Gardens created this charming DIY Advent Calendar that features handwritten holiday daily messages rolled and tied with ribbon. This is the type of advent calendar idea that can be easily personalized. Read more here.
(Photo credit Better Homes and Gardens website)
Book Advent Calendar Idea to DIY
This fabulous idea is shared on Apartment Therapy and it's one of my absolute favorites! Basically, you wrap 24 holiday books in wrapping paper. Each night let the kids open a "new" classic Christmas tale. You can read the story to them, or if they're old enough, they may enjoy taking turns reading aloud for the family.
Isn't this such a sweet idea? Here's the link for additional info. You could always substitute a favorite Christmas video also if you don't have enough holiday books.
(Photo credit Apartment Therapy)
Simple Does It
for this DIY Advent Calendar
Made of plain kraft boxes, this simplistic Advent Calendar should please any minimalist in the family. It's very easy to do. Sally Shim shows how it's done here.
(Photo credit Sally Shim)