There’s so many traditions that go along with Christmas and we each have our favorites. One of mine is the Advent calendar. There’s just something about the anticipation of opening each little square or box or whatever method is used each day as we count down to Christmas.
When I was little, I remember my mom always pulling out our little cardboard Advent calendar with the King James Bible verses inside. The flaps became so worn, they were almost falling off, but it was something we all looked forward to.
With my own family, in the past, we’ve bought the cheap chocolate Advent calendars, but one of my kids would always steal the candy and a small war would ensue. That’s just not the kind of Advent calendar tradition I’m aiming for. You know?
This year, I thought it would be fun to make our very own calendar. From adorable numbered mittens to stenciled treat bags, I’m amazed at just how many fun and creative DIY Advent calendar ideas there are! I love that these ideas are inexpensive and you don’t have to be super crafty to make many of them.
25 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas:
- Airheads Advent Calendars [Flour On My Face]
- DIY New Year Countdown Calendar and DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorials [Scratch Mommy]
- My 2012 Advent Calendar (Can definitely be used any year, really!) [Just Us Four Blog]
- Holiday Craft Advent Calendar Tins [I am the Maven]
- DIY Christmas Advent Calendar [Southern In Law]
- DIY Advent Calendar for Tween Boys [Jenny at Dapper House]
- DIY Advent Calendar [Mom It Forward]
- Make a Daily Ornament Advent Calendar from an Old Door [The DIY Mommy]
- Stencilled Muslin Bag Advent Calendar [Echoes of Laughter]
- Paper Bag Advent Calendar [Echoes of Laughter]
- DIY Boxes Advent Calendar + Free Printable [Powerful Mothering]
- Advent Calendar Made from Shoe Organizer [Elizabeth Joan Designs]
- Free Printable Advent Calendar Treat Bag Kit [Yellow Bliss Road]
- DIY Toilet Paper Roll Calendar [Morning Creativity]
- DIY Paper Bag Advent Calendar [Look What I Made]
- DIY Free Santa Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar [TOMFO]
- DIY LEGO Advent Calendar Ideas [Frugal Fun 4 Boys]
- Advent Calendar: Teach the True Story of Christmas [Sweeter Than Sweets]
- Sew a Simple Advent Calendar [Make It & Love It]
- DIY Stocking Garland + Advent Calendar [Hello Natural]
- Make Your Own Advent Calendar [Crafts Unleashed from Consumer Crafts]
- Baby Food Jar Advent Calendar [Craftaholics Anonymous]
- Christmas Advent Calendar [Clean & Scentsible]
- Dollar Store Advent Calendar [Infarrantly Creative]
- Personalized Free Printable Advent Calendar [Living Locurto]
My favorite DIY Advent calendar idea from this list is the DIY Lego Advent calendar. It’s easy to make and such a creative idea!