10 Bright Ideas for DIY Advent Calendars

I am an adult and I still enjoy the anticipation of  what the advent calendar holds each day leading up to Christmas. I don’t think I will ever tire of it, in fact.

I’ve always done the tried-and-true commercial chocolate advent calendar, but this year my interest in DIY-ing as much as possible led me to some really cool and unique handmade advent calendars. I am absolutely amazed by the boundless creativity out there, aren’t you? These crafters inspired me, and I hope they inspire you too!

So without further delay, here’s my round-up of 10 DIY advent calendars–which one will you try?

Family Photo Advent Calendar by Making Lemonade. Besides being absolutely adorable, I love that it is family-focused.


Baby Sock Advent Calendar by Martha Stewart. This sock idea is too cute for words and I love the sentimentality.


Advent Activity Mini Tree Kit by Laura Winslow Photography. What a lovely presentation! And this tutorial also includes free printables.


Luminary Advent Calendar by Design Dining and Diapers


Advent Calendar Holiday Countdown by I Heart Organizing. I love the compact box idea and Jen also includes adorable free activity printables.


Book a Day Advent Calendar by Delia Creates. You can also find some great book suggestions by age group and free label printables from A Day in Your Shoes.


Simple & Natural Advent Calendar by Julie Blanner, Coordinately Yours. You can whip this one up in 10 minutes and I love the rustic, understated presentation.


Mason Jar Advent Calendar by Eclectically Vintage. I LOVE mason jars – especially the limited edition blue ones – so I had to share this sweet idea.

Jar-Advent-Calendar- eclectically-vintage

Another Mason Jar Advent Calendar (for good measure!) by The Inspiration Network. I love how she personalizes with a label inscribed with the receiver’s name.


Sparkly Ornament Advent Calendar by Whipperberry. Let the kids hang an ornament on the tree each night leading up to Christmas – another fantastic idea and a tradition I think I’m going to start!


Rebecca Cretella

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