Fun and Festive DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

November 21, 2019

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Countdown to Christmas with a fun DIY advent calendar! Create the perfect way to mark the days leading up to Christmas Eve for kids of all ages with one of these easy tutorials.

festive advent careful

One of our favorite traditions during the Christmas holiday season is counting down to Christmas with an Advent calendar. This year, I even made Attley and Avery their very own Advent calendars that are as different and unique as they are–you can check them out here.

When I was thinking about what kind of calendar I wanted to make I looked at a ton of different options. I got some great ideas looking at what other people have made! I put the list together to share with y'all to get your creative juices going also. 

Customized Advent Calendars by Kaleidoscope Living. I am so happy with how these advent calendars turned out for each of my girls! I used my Cricut to make each one exactly what they will like.

colorful diy advent calendar diy advent calendar with bottlebrush trees

Star Advent Garland by A Beautiful Mess. This simple advent calendar starts with premade star boxes and ends in a beautiful garland!

star advent calendar

Animal Envelopes by Pfefferminzgruen. As adorable as it is easy, this sweet advent calendar is perfect for animal lovers!

animal envelope advent calendar

Quick DIY Advent Calendar by Nalle's House. You can make this quick and easy advent project with the fabric of your choice. It can match any style and be embellished however it suits your decor!

simple pocket advent calendar

DIY Paper Ornament Advent Calendar by Oh Happy Day. These sweet little paper ornaments are such a versatile design. I love that you can use any paper and hang them wherever you want!

folded paper ornament advent calendars

DIY Felt Advent Calendar by Lovely Indeed. The creator designed this sweet felt calendar to hold their family's nativity, but you can use for small toys, little notes, or candy!

felt advent calendar

Paper City Christmas Advent Calendar by Mr. Printables. Create a whole advent city with these fun paper buildings!

paper house advent calendar

DIY Felt Truck Advent Calendar by Studio DIY! Cute and colorful, I love this sweet felt truck DIY.

felt truck advent calendar

Colorful Paper Envelopes by A Beautiful Mess. Follow this simple tutorial to create a sweet and colorful paper advent calendar. 

colorful envelope advent calendar

Upgraded Wood Advent Calendar by Best Friends For Frosting. This DIY starts with a premade wood advent calendar and it is totally customizable! 

DIY wooden drawer advent calendar

Christmas Ornament Advent Calendar by Oh Happy Day. These little ornaments are perfect to hide small toys and candy in and can be used every year!

ornament garland advent calendar

Free Printable Advent Calendar by Skip To My Lou. A free printable calendar, this is one of the easiest advent DIY ever and is totally adorable!

free printable advent calendar

Simple Advent Bags by Julie Blanner. Sometimes simple decor is my favorite. These brown kraft bags make for a fast and simple Advent calendar and look great all hanging together. 

brown paper bag advent calendar

Hanging Paper Boxes  by Think Pink & Mint. This DIY Advent calendar is made of hanging folded boxes that are beautifully embellished with paper cut-outs and bows. 

folded box advent calendar

DIY Chalkboard Advent Calendar by Apartment Apothecary with Houseology. A lot of us have chalkboard walls in our house. Create an Advent calendar on yours and enjoy it all month long!

chalkboard advent calendar

DIY Copper Calendar by Growing Spaces. This simple DIY with copper pipes is perfect for families who do a special message, outing or do a “give back” every day of Advent.

copper pipe advent calendar

Don't you love these ideas? I think they are all so festive and interesting, you can see why these got my creative ideas flowing! I love Advent, and cannot wait for it to start so we can start using our calendars! What do you and your family do to mark the passing of the season? 

If you don't have time to create your own calendar before Advent starts, check out these awesome options to purchase! 

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