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Advent Calendar Ideas - DIY

Updated on January 19, 2017

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)

Advent Calendar Ideas DIY Gift Chain
Advent Calendar Ideas DIY Gift Chain

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.

You can find gift boxes in bulk online.

(Photo credit Martha

DIY No-Sew Wall Advent Calendar Tutorial

No Sew DIY Wall Advent Calendar via The Crafty Crow
No Sew DIY Wall Advent Calendar via The Crafty Crow

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

Advent Calendar Garland
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
Ribbon Advent Calendar DIY Idea

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 DIY Idea
Book Advent Calendar DIY Idea

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)

DIY Advent Calendar Boxes
DIY Advent Calendar Boxes

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.

You can find gift boxes in bulk online.

(Photo credit Sally Shim)

DIY Advent Calendar of Falling Stars

DIY Advent Calendar of Falling Stars
DIY Advent Calendar of Falling Stars

This is a beautifully easy advent calendar to make. The falling stars are filled with goodies and sewn on a sewing machine using heavy kraft paper. Grab a bough and do it like Brenna at Design Sponge. How-to right here.

(Photo credit Design Sponge)

What are some advent calendar ideas you may have seen or made?

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Amazing DIY opportunities here. I think the falling stars design is my favorite, although I like them all. Those hoops are very visually appealing. Have always loved making things with embroidery hoops. Thanks for always finding and sharing such great projects for all of us do-it-yourselfers. Appreciated!

    • melmik profile image


      6 years ago

      I love these ideas! How beautiful! I usually just end up with chocolate advent calendars ^^

    • Ahdilarum profile image


      6 years ago

      I have never made any DIY calendars

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      High Five to these fun advent calendar ideas! I love the book one best. What a great way to countdown to anything!

    • puppyprints profile image


      7 years ago

      What creative and great ideas! One of my fun childhood memories is getting the chocolates out of the Advent calanders. I am going to try the first idea for my Mom next time Christmas rolls around

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      7 years ago

      I love your falling snow advent calendar. Lots of good ideas here! This is the one I made for my girls.


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