How-To: Create a DIY Advent Calendar

If you’re like us, you’ve just about recovered from your epic Thanksgiving feast and severe case of food coma and are already counting down the days until the next holiday gathering. Ok, so maybe you’re not quite there yet—and that’s ok, because with all the craziness of the holiday season it’s easy to lose track of time. If December is looming and you still don’t have an Advent calendar in place, no need to run to the nearest convenience store and pick up a cardboard substitution. Instead, ease into the holiday season with an easy to make DIY Advent calendar filled with sweet surprises and friendly holiday reminders.

Here’s a round up of our five favorite DIY holiday Advent calendars that will help keep you in the holiday spirit all month long.

1. Holiday Present Advent Calendar

Want to surprise your kiddos with the gift that keeps on giving? Create this DIY holiday present Advent calendar to help bring some serious holiday cheer into your home. You can make one for each member of your family or a joint holiday Advent calendar with small surprises and goodies for everyone.

Here’s what you’ll need for each calendar:

  • 2 rolls of wrapping paper (we recommend using 2 or more different colored holiday wrapping papers to create a fun and unique Advent calendar)
  • 1 roll of tape
  • 1 roll of red and white twine and/or decorating ribbons
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 24 circular stickers for the holiday count down
  • 1 black sharpie marker for writing out the count down

Learn how to make this holiday present Advent calendar here.

2. Holiday Countdown Fortune Cookies

Short on space? These super cute fortune cookies with daily holiday-inspired activities might be just the thing to bring some festive fun into your household. Your little ones will enjoy learning what holiday activity is in store for each day and you’ll have a great excuse to spend even more quality time together.

Bring these holiday countdown fortune cookies to life with the following materials:

  • Five sheets of holiday paper for the fortune cookies (we recommend getting a variation of colors and designs to make for a more festive jar of fortunes)
  • Three pieces of white computer paper for the holiday activity “fortunes” and count down (Note: Print out the countdown numbers and activities in an online word document beforehand)
  • 1 mason jar
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 stick of glue

For more inspiration on holiday activities and festive fortune cookie paper designs, click here.

3. Candy Cane Advent Calendar

Craving something sweet? This DIY candy cane-themed Advent calendar is perfect for storing delicious treats and goodies inside of. Hang on your wall or in your little one’s rooms for sweet surprises all month long.

Here are the supplies needed to make your own:

  • Small paper mache boxes (24 boxes)
  • Red and white bakers twine
  • Acrylic craft paint (this DIY calendar calls for turquoise and Christmas red)
  • Metallic paint markers
  • Quilling tool with wood handle (or sharp object)

Learn how to make it here.

4. Kid-Friendly DIY Advent Calendar

If you’re looking for an advent calendar project that the whole family can make then look no further. This cheerful and modern DIY Advent calendar is easy enough for all ages to create and it’s cute enough to re-use as holiday décor year after year and hang along the mantel or wall, or store in a little basket of its own. Once finished, you can fill with them with little gifts, treats, advent activities or ornaments to hang on the tree.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 24 drawstring muslin bags (plus a few extras for mistakes) – you can make them or simply buy premade muslin bags
  • Plastic coated freezer paper
  • Numbers 1-24 to trace
  • Small pointed scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • Craft paint in whatever color you like
  • Fabric medium (can be found at any craft or fabric store)
  • A small foam paint brush
  • An iron
  • A piece of cardboard

5. Punch Box Advent Calendar

What’s better than tearing into the wrapping paper of a holiday gift? Punching it in for a surprise that literally jumps out at you…This DIY punch box Advent calendar is the perfect way to impress the “unimpressionables.”

Here’s what you need to make it happen:

  • Cardboard Box
  • Packing Tape
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Bowl
  • Pencil
  • Box Cutter
  • Crepe Paper Folds
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Glue Gun
  • Plastic or paper bowls
  • Tissue Paper
  • Double Stick Tape
  • Fringe garland or other trim
  • And gifts to fill, of course!

Learn how to make it here!

Have you created a DIY Advent calendar that your family loves? We’d love to know. Share it with us in the comments section below!

By |2018-11-15T12:42:25+00:00November 30, 2015|

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