On the first day of Christmas … I made myself a stunning advent calendar.
Looking to put a spin on the traditional advent calendar this year? Well, look no further. We’ve scoured the web high and low and found stacks of ideas for creative Chrissy countdowns.
Here are 20 advent calendar ideas for you to make at home.
It’s in the bag
Get out the ink pad! Stamp or paint little cloth bags with numbers and hang them from a hook rack. (via Flickr)
Festive paper forest
Create simple tree-like paper cones and place treats underneath. Mix up the numbers so kids can test their number recognition skills! (via Sarah Mcgaugh)
Glue pegs to a board and hang sweet little wrapped parcels from them. (via Tsj Photography)
Spread the love
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! (via Tsj Photography)
Decorate numbered matchbooks and display them in a beautiful glass jar. (via Babble)
A rainbow of windows
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. (via Daisy Janie)
Snip, snip, Santa!
A no-chocolate version that’s simple to make but surprisingly engaging for kids. Cutting stuff is fun! (via La Classe Della Maestra Valentina)
Snowmen on a string
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. (via Whimsy Girl)
Toilet rolls at the ready
Sugar and spice and all things nice
Boxes and branches
Very festive felt
One to keep for years to come: Make your own embroidered felt calendar with this tutorial. (via All Crafts)
Family time treasures
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.
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. (via Eclectic Chica)
Use a clipboard and some scrapbooking stationery to make a Christmas countdown calendar. Instructions here. (via Scrap Inspired)
Roll on December!
A pretty advent calendar garland made of folded, printed paper. Learn how to make it here. (via Polkadot Prints)
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Looking for more DIY Christmas ideas? Here are just a few of our favourites:
- 20 ways to fill your advent calendar (without chocolate!)
- 14 DIY Advent calendars you can make at home
- 12 quirky DIY Christmas wreaths
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