24 Handmade Advent Calendar Ideas

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With my own advent calendar made for my son, in the form of my Christmas Countdown Grab Bags, I thought I would also share some great ideas I’ve seen online of handmade advent calendars…be inspired!

 

Free Printable Advent Calendar Cones

Free Printable Advent Calendar. Print out, and assemble the cones. Fill with treats and hang from the Christmas tree or from a piece of string tied across the mantelpiece.





 

A great way to use up odd socks! Or buy some cute socks to make this countdown from Martha Stewart. Just fill with treats and peg to a line.

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If you’re handy with a sewing machine, then this idea is a great one for you. A fabric pouch advent calendar from All About You. You could make it as rustic, traditional or funky as you like – all depending on your fabric choices. What is great about this countdown is you could make the pockets big enough to hold things for all family members. A great heirloom piece too, I think.

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Another fab idea from All About You is this pin-up calendar…such a simple idea that could easily be made at the last minute too. Just grab a corkboard, some drawing pins and hang each day’s gift on the board. Number them and put in any order you like. Such a simple idea, but so effective!

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How cute are these little snowmen made from plastic containers? What kid wouldn’t love to open up one of these each day on the run up to Christmas? (This adult wouldn’t mind either!) WhiMSy Love shows you how to make them.

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Yet another easy idea from All About You (yes, I received their newsletter in my inbox today!) is for this envelope advent calendar – again, you could make this quite quickly, depending on how elaborate you want to get with the decoration. You could even hang them from string or ribbon that you’ve suspended against a wall.

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A countdown without ‘prizes’, why not! Great for older kids who still want the excitement of counting down to Christmas ^_^ I’ve seen this idea on Pinterest quite a few times, and have found the source of the pin – an Italian teacher – looks like primary school age. The blog is in Italian, but you can follow along easily by the photo tutorial.

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Cute countdown cones from ikatbag, a lovely one to make with the kiddos. Just go nuts with construction paper, stickers, jewels and foam pieces – hide a surprise under each one to find each day :)

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An advent calendar that will need more preparation time, but is so gorgeous I can’t not share these mini piñatas from Gingerbread Snowflakes

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How cute is this matchbox Advent calendar from All About You? You just need to source 24 matchboxes – and tiny gifts to go inside – so a little bit more effort I think, but I love this idea!

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Another boxes Advent calendar idea comes from Gallant and Jones’s Blog, you would need 24 small boxes – favour boxes would be ideal, and then decorate the lid of each one with holiday pictures and numbers – fill each one with treats and away you go :)

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I adore this advent calendar from Centsational Girl, where she has hung the gifts from the branches of a manzanita tree, which she has also put together. Just stunning.

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Instead of filling with gifts or chocolate, this sweet jar from Make Monthly is full of advent activities to do with the kids.

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Another lovely one to make with the kids are these little cups, filled with sweets and covered over with tissue paper, from Filth Wizardry.

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From Pickles comes these very sweet fabric cones – you could also make them from paper – just make them big enough to fit the goodies!

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I saw this idea on Life Hacker, unfortunately most of the links are dead, but it would seem to be a magnetic advent calendar. Each day you add a new magnet (numbered) to countdown the days to Christmas! A great one for adults I think!

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I don’t know how about you, but I’m always saving toilet roll tubes to craft with! And this advent calendar from Maya Made is a great way to use them up!

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I found this lovely Christmas countdown on Aussie Scrap Source, how I wish I could find a compartment tray like that! I’m sure the handy DIYer’s among us though could knock one up with some wood ;) Create markers for each day, and fill up the calendar. Love it.

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Another simple idea, this time from Moment to Moment, numbered paper bags, pegged to a line, and filled with goodies for a Christmas countdown.

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Advent countdown boxes from Craftlog, each box has been filled with some crafting supplies to make an ornament a day – what a wonderful idea!

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I found these knitted Christmas lights on Etsy, each one can hold a small gift box – so different – and great to bring out year after year!

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This paper bucket advent calendar from Craftberry Bush is too darling! Making little pails from paper cups and wire – which is inspired since ready-made mini buckets are so expensive – she has decorated each one in vibrant colours and pegged to gingham ribbon. I just love this.

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And if you don’t have time to make buckets, you can buy them, this idea comes from Hobbycraft.

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O.M.G…….I’ve died from cute overload! These adorbz little robots are from Next To Nicx and boy, am I glad I found these cuties online! I’ve downloaded the template – next year perhaps!

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