17 DIY advent calendars

Countdown to the holidays with these DIY advent calendars. They're fun, creative takes on an age-old tradition.

By Corinne Guirgis
17 DIY advent calendars

17 DIY advent calendars

Creative advent calendars

Whether you use chocolate, activities or books, counting down to the holidays will be memorable this year. Your little ones are going to love these homemade advent calendars.

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Blitznetsov/iStockphoto


Treat your kids to more than just chocolate next month. This adorable three-dimensional twist on an old tradition is super easy to make. Just print off the ready-made Santa graphics, cut them out and fold! 

Get the craft here: Kathy's Cottage

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Kathy's Cottage


Get thrifty!

All you'll need are a set of round Christmas ornaments, foam numbers from any craft store and some glue to create month-long fun for the whole family. 

Get the craft here: Life as a Thrifter

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Life as a Thrifter

Family activities

Watching your sugar this holiday season? This DIY calendar substitutes chocolate for fun advent activities for the whole family! 

Get the craft here: Dandee Designs

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Dandee Designs

Space saver

Turn these little storage tins into a fun-filled advent calendar that will last for years! Load each tin with your kid's favourite goodies and stick them on your fridge. 

Get the craft here: Twig & Thistle

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Twig & Thistle


Pin it!

All you need is a frame, some clothespins and spray paint to create this custom calendar for your and your kids.

Get the craft here: Visual Heart

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Visual Heart

Sealed fun

This envelope advent calendar can be stored in a pretty, vintage container and consists of 24 messages, wishes or activities.

Get the craft here: Chez Larsson

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Chez Larsson

Muffin tin makeover

A mini-muffin tin makes a fun and easy advent calendar. 

Get the craft here: The Secret Life of Paper

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: The Secret Life of Paper


Stick together

A simple tree calendar made out of of popsicle sticks. So cute!

Get the craft here: Crafty Nest

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Crafty Nest

A mini forest

Why have one tree when you could have 24? Whether you print-off the ready-made templates or make your own, this hassle-free craft will put you in the holiday spirit. 

Get the craft here: Pink Suede Shoe

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Pink Suede Shoe

Boxed up

For the modern family, these stylish little boxes will take no time at all to put together. Just print off the templates and follow the easy-peasy instructions. 

Get the craft here: Hey Look

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Hey Look


Bookish treats

We love this fun and educational take on the traditional advent calendar and your little bookworm will, too! 

Get the craft here: Babycinno Kids Blog

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Babycinno Kids Blog

Snap crackle pop!

This is a creative spin on a holiday favourite. The crackers are easy to make and fun to open. 

Get the craft here: The Sweet Life 

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: The Sweet Life

Build a beard

Takes the treats out of the equation and focus on filling Santa’s beard in with one cotton ball for each day leading up to Christmas. 

Get the craft here: The Taylor House

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: The Taylor House


Outside in

Bring nature into the mix with pretty twigs and and sweet little satchels that create country calendar.

Get the craft here: Design Mom

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Design Mom

Trim time

Simple and straightforward, kids will love getting to cut Santa's beard each day as Christmas draws closer.

Get the craft here: Inkablinka

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Inkablinka

Roll it out

All you need is a cardboard box and enough toilet rolls to make this beauty. 

Get the craft here: Morning Creativity

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Morning Creativity


Brown bag it

Get the kids involved in decorating these bags and then fill them with activities or little gifts. Fast and easy.

Get the craft here: Playful Matters

17 DIY advent calendarsPhoto: Playful Matters

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17 DIY advent calendars
This article was originally published on Oct 01, 2014

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