12 Best DIY Advent Calendars

12 Best DIY Advent Calendars

Countdown to Christmas: The Best 12 diy Advent Calendars

Countdown to Christmas with a handmade advent calendar you and the kids can create. Using ornaments, baby socks, and photos.

No matter where in the month of December you start your advent calendar it is always so much fun! These crafty ideas will help you figure out how many nights are left until Christmas in style. Keep your kids excited about the holidays with a calendar filled with sweet surprises for every day in December.

Hanging Advent Calendar

With this handmade Advent calendar, the excitement starts now! To make, use low-tack masking or artist’s tape to create the outlines of trees, then paint with acrylic paints. Let dry completely, then add vinyl number stickers (available at office-supply stores) for each day. (Note that you’ll need 13 1’s and 8 2’s.) Finish with clothespins in a variety of sizes for stumps and to hang on the tree from strings. Instead of putting in the usual tiny treats, stuff each paper bag with a love note or a prompt for a fun family activity.


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Sweet Surprise

Quickly convert a muffin tin into an advent calendar. All you need is a 24-cup muffin pan (or two 12-cup pans), white card stock, scissors and double sided tape!


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Toilet Paper House

Upcycle your empty toilet paper rolls to make a creative advent calendar house.


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Meaningful Messages

This Advent calendar doubles as wall decor and provides a fun treat daily. Have the extended family write notes to celebrate the season. Roll them up and then attach the scrolls with safety pins to decorative ribbon.


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Clothesline Craft

Don't stress when the laundry bandit steals one of your kids' socks - turn the lonely leftovers into a fun Advent calendar to countdown the days to Christmas.

What you'll need: 24 socks, number stickers, ribbon or rope, clothespins

Make it: Hang a piece of ribbon or rope on your wall - you can make any shape you like, just make sure it's long enough to hold all 24 socks. Then, add the number stickers to your socks and attach them to the ribbon with clothespins. Place a special trinket or piece of candy inside each sock and let your kids pick a present every morning before Christmas.


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Stacked Up

Convert old boxes, wood drawers, and coffee cans into a fun countdown calendar. Fill each can and box with a Christmas treat, and then paint red, orange, and white stripes. Cut out numbers 1-24 from construction paper, attach to each of the boxes and cans, and then stack on your desk.


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Santa Hats

Your kids will flip over this upside-down Christmas craft. Using holiday fabrics, cut and sew (or glue) pieces of fabric into cone shapes. Hot glue a white pom-pom to the bottom of each cone. Finish off each hat by sewing or gluing a thick band of fabric to the top of the cone -- add a red button to each one and then hang a numbered tag by wrapping string around the button. Line up your Santa hats and attach them to twine with clothespins.


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Pop-Up Calendar

Build up to Christmas with this stacked Advent calendar. What you'll need: 25 small tins, number stickers, blue cardstock, scissors, glue, foam board, wrapping paper.

Make it: Cover a piece of foam board in festive wrapping paper to serve as your background. Then, paint 25 small tins white and let dry. Cut circles from the blue cardstock to match the size of your tins and attach number stickers to the center of the lids.


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Colorful Paper Bag Advent Calendar

This showstopper features an array of bold colors, but if that's not your style, feel free to swap 'em out for neutrals, soft pastels, or classic black-and-white.


  • Paper Mart Paper Bags:
  • Red (size 8 1/2 x 11)
  • Light Pink (4 3/4 x 6 3/4)
  • Pink or “Rose” (6 3/4 x 9 3/4)
  • Hot Pink striped (5 1/8 x 6 3/8)
  • Paper Mart Ribbon:
  • Light Green (Lime Grosgrain 7/8)
  • Green (Hunter Grosgrain 7/8)
  • Washi Tape
  • Wood Board


Candy, toys and fun ideas of Christmas activities to put inside each bag.


Get the tutorial at Tell Love and Party.

Toilet Paper Tube Advent Calendar

You'd never know it, but this vibrant decoration is crafted from leftover toilet paper tubes. Start saving yours now and you'll have plenty to work with by the beginning of the holidays.

Toilet Paper Tube Advent Calendar

  • 25 toilet paper tubes
  • a variety of scrapbook paper
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • twine
  • number stamps and ink or number stickers (1-25)
  • glue dots
  • white foam board
  • old picture frame


How To Tutorial

Shoe-Organizer Advent Calendar

Bring the element of surprise on Christmas morning into everyday—for 24 days straight! We stenciled 24 numbers onto this canvas shoe organizer, and filled each compartment with gifts galore.


How To Tutorial

Easy Advent Calendar

Our simplest Advent calendar to date, this is a minimalist take on the holiday tradition.


How To Tutorial

As I started in the introduction, no matter where in the month of December you start your advent calendar it is always so much fun!
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I hope you and your family will enjoy making one (or more) of these Advent Calendars. Which one is your favorite, let me know in a comment below (mine is the 12th).

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