20 creative advent calendar ideas

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Advent calendar: Christmas cake Via: etsy.com

On the first day of Christmas … I made myself a stunning advent calendar! Take a look at these 20 ideas for creative Chrissy countdowns. (Above: decorate wedding cake favour boxes to make an ‘advent cake’)

 

Advent calendar: cloth bagsVia: flickr.com

Get out the ink pad! Stamp or paint little cloth bags with numbers and hang them from a hook rack.

 

 

Advent calendar: paper conesVia: sarahmcgaugh.blogspot.com

Create simple tree-like paper cones and place treats underneath. Mix up the numbers so kids can test their number recognition skills!

 

 

Advent calendar: boxes Via: ourhouse.typepad.com

Cover treat-filled boxes with pictures and hang them on a wall. Get the instructions here.

 

 

Advent calendar: peg boardVia: tsjphotography.com

Glue pegs to a board and hang sweet little wrapped parcels from them.

 

 

Advent calendar: random acts of kindnessVia: tsjphotography.com

Random acts of kindness: Attach a note to each date suggesting an altruistic activity for the kids – like feeding parking meters, donating old toys to your local op shop, or bringing their teacher a coffee! Get some inspiration here.

 

 

Advent calendar: matchboxes in a jarVia: justagirlblog.com

Decorate numbered matchbooks and display them in a beautiful glass jar.

 

 

Advent calendar: DIY push window calendarVia: daisyjanie.typepad.com

There’s something deeply satisfying about pushing through that little window to get to your treat! Make your own punch-out advent calendar with this tutorial.

 

 

Advent calendar: snowmanVia: laclassedellamaestravalentina.blogspot.com

A no-chocolate version that’s simple to make but surprisingly engaging for kids. Cutting stuff is fun!

 

 

Advent calandar: snowman garlandsVia: whimsy-girl.blogspot.com

For this nifty snowman garland, you’ll need some plastic capsules – the kind you get from novelty toy vending machines. Once you’ve amassed 25 of them you’re ready to start crafting! Get the tutorial here.

 

 

Advent calendar: toilet rollsVia: mayamade.blogspot.com

Here’s what to do with all your old toilet paper rolls! Get the instructions here.

 

 

Advent calendar: magnetic spice jarsVia: babyderoach.blogspot.com

This fridge-mounted calendar is made from magnetic spice jars. Put stickers on the front, a trinket inside, and arrange them in a Christmassy shape! Get the instructions here.

 

 

Advent calendar: baby socksVia: marthastewart.com

Recycle all those cute baby socks your little ones have grown out of! Add numbered stickers, peg them to a ribbon, and put treats inside. Get the tutorial here.

 

 

.Advent calendar: Advent tree using favour boxesVia: centsationalgirl.com

Create an ‘advent tree’ using favour boxes or small gift boxes hung from a painted branch. Get the instructions here.

 

 

Advent calendar: DIY felt tutorial Via: allcrafts.net

One to keep for years to come: Make your own embroidered felt calendar with this tutorial.

 

 

Advent calendar: activities Via: Image

Trying to minimise sugary treats? Fill your advent calendar with family activity cards instead of lollies. If there’s anything your kids love more than chocolate, it’s time with you.

 

 

Advent calendar: children's drawingsVia: eclecticchica.blogspot.com

An advent calendar that will cost you only a few cents (and may gain you some precious time keeping the kids busy!) Let your children draw pictures on numbered envelopes then blu-tak to the wall.

 

 

Advent calendar: clipboardVia: scrapinspired.com

Use a clipboard and some scrapbooking stationery to make a Christmas countdown calendar. Instructions here.

 

 

Advent calendar: toilet paper rolls

Via: instructables.com

Here’s a simpler version of the toilet paper roll calendar that kids can help out with. Get the tutorial here.

 

 

Advent calendar: garlandVia: polkadotprints.com.au

A pretty advent calendar garland made of folded, printed paper. Download the tutorial here.

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