Best Homemade Advent Calendars

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Beautiful Homemade Advent Calendars to Make, and some homey ones to buy.

My friend was cleaning her closets the other day, and asked if I was interested in her old house-shaped letter-box. It looked … a bit dated, somewhat odd-shaped and.. rather bland. Plain wood. I did not know what to do with it. Mentally, I was running my ‘Do I want to own this?’-test and the ‘No clutter in the house’-mantra was going through my head.

So, at first, I said ‘No, thank you’. When I left, I politely said ‘I’ll think about it’. Walking down the stairs, my mind started liking that it was a bit odd, bland & an opportunity to recycle. On my way, an idea for wonderful advent calendar popped into my mind. When home, I called her and said ‘Yes, I take it’! (Happened to you??!!)

homemade advent calendars

Before I begin any project these days, I usually scour the web and look for other interesting design ideas to either spark or enhance my own creative mind. There are some amazingly creative, beautiful designs of advent calendars: with boxes, and birds, garlands, envelops, … you name it; The best ideas and designs for handmade advent calendars for Christmas, according to my taste.

If you, like me, are making your own home-made advent calendars, I’m sure you’ll find a pattern you’ll like here. Many of the source-blogs have printables and instructions on how to make Christmas advent calendars. Visiting any or all of them will help you figure out how to make your advent calendar.

btw. The wall hanging with boxes – variety of advent calendars is best for me, as the wooden letter box I received is most akin to these. Albeit that mine has less than 24 boxes, so a dose of extra creativity is required…..

Best Homemade Advent Calendars

Best advent calendars to diy embroidery hoop -

via Land of Nod

advent calendar by the red thread

Roll 24 pieces of scrapbooking paper into cones and glue the fold line. Print out 24 pretty printable numbers and glue on. Add a hanging tag to each cone. Fill cones with some wrapped candy and hang them into a Fall tree branch brought into the home.
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Goodie Bag Advent Calendar Garland - Goodie Bag Advent Calendar
Goodie Bag Advent Calendar Garland (photo credit: The Land of Nod, one of our lovely site sponsors)

How to Make a Pocket Calendar

For this pocket advent calendar you’ll need
(you’ll need a Cricut machine, the Gypsy handheld studio device, the Scandinavian Christmas Cards cartridge and the Sophisticated cartridge, plus Terrifically Tacky Tape. One reader suggested to look at the New Testament Cartridge as another option. This is a cartridge with lovely biblical images of the scriptures, crosses, etc. Or if that’s too literal for you, here’s an overview of all the Cricut Christmas Cartridges. They are all beautiful and you can use just one to make your entire Christmas decor.

The Silhouette Advent Calendar

silhouette advent calendar

If you want to make this Silhouette calendar, you might also like to get this, which allows you to work with fabric and make a more durable advent calendar:

Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit

advent calendar activities

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I love that each day of this advent calendar has an activity planned from holiday need-to-do and want-to-do lists:

  1. Deck the halls!
  2. Take photos for Christmas cards
  3. Buy a new Christmas album and listen to it
  4. Make the house smell like Christmas
  5. Make Christmas Cards
  6. Read a Christmas Story Book
  7. Wrap Christmas Gifts
  8. Make a new Christmas Decoration
  9. Color a Christmas picture
  10. Build a snowman or hang up paper snowflakes
  11. Make hot chocolate and stir with candy canes
  12. Make a treat and take it to a friend
  13. Watch a christmas movie and eat popcorn
  14. Go out for a Christmas treat
  15. Do something nice for someone
  16. Drive around and look for Christmas lights
  17. Go visit Santa Clause
  18. Do service for someone in need
  19. Have a camp-out in front of the Christmas tree
  20. Call grandma and grandpa and sing a Christmas song
  21. Take gifts to teachers and friends
  22. Read a story or watch a movie about the birth of Baby Jesus
  23. Make cookies and write letters for Santa Clause
  24. Read “The Night Before Christmas”
  25. Christmas!!!
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Sorry. I know it’s not the clearest image: there are 3 pictures here: one large at the top, and two close-ups below it.

To make your own advent calendar like this start with choosing a color scheme and a style or look. Once you’ve done this you can delve into your craft cabinet, closet, garage ad the local dollar store if need be to collect sufficient bitty bits to add some fun, color, texture and a number to each of the 24 cubicles. Recycle old cereal boxes to make your own boxes.

sterling advent calendar
photo credit: (site sponsor) (Silver & Gold Sterling Advent Calendar by Land Of Nod.)

Advent Calendar Box

photo credit: the company store

To make this advent calendar, you need to have an assortment of scrapbooking papers in Christmas colors + this advent calendar crapbooking – kit that you can order online:
. Let your creativity run wild and embellish, embellish, embellish!

advent calendar
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Or, cover boxes of various shapes & sizes with Christmas color wrapping/scrapbooking paper. Use several sets of number stickers, or a Cricutor Silhouette machine to create beautiful numbering in different fonts. advent calendar boxes
photo credit: Martha Stewart

Or, if you prefer to put an photo or a mirror in the center of your project, consider this advent calendar box form:

Beyond the Page – Advent Calendar Crafts Kit

advent calendar canadian  family ca
photo credit: Canadian Family Magazine

These funky felt birds just hang from a garden branch popped in a vase or a bucket of sand and place in the living room. 100% original and easy to make. No candy, no toy, no fuss. Just the countdown fun. little birdies advent calendar
Photo credit: Skiptomylou.
free bird template

Cloud Advent Calendar by Johanna Rundel.

advent calendar free printables numbers

Free Advent Calendar Printables
Numbers by Lizziem Lizziem Lizziem (
advent calendar by allsortsphoto credit & tutorial advent calendar
photo credit: Frills in the Hills
advent calendar by lovelandmisc 
photo credit: LovelandMisc
advent calendar by mylittlemochi.typepadphoto credit: MyLittleMochi at Typepad

advent calendar muffin tin

(photo credit: AllieMakes –

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homemade advent calendar washi tape newsprint wrap
(photo credit: Casa di Falcone)

And … just for laughs … advent calendar
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peace on earth advent calendar

Peace on Earth Advent Calendar

(photo credit: The Land of Nod)

Urban Pine Advent Calendar

(photo credit: The Land of Nod)

These last two look like a homemade advent calendar, but actually you can order them online (wink).

homemade advent calendars geometric boxes These are inexpensive white favors treat boxes that you buy by the 100 for $17 and cents.

Original idea for this geometric puzzle box advent calendar is by Allison at All For The Boys, who singlehandedly added the black triangles with a Sharpie. She wrote the numbers on the other side and let the kids make any geometric design they wish for any day. Brilliant, if you ask me. Teach them math and pattern making at a young age.

advent calendar by heartlinen
(photo credit: Heartlinen)
Free advent calendar houses templates
By Mr. Printables

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  1. All of these ideas are awesome! I will have to try atleast one for the holidays! Hope you will link these up to my Pink Hippo Party

  2. OOh! These are FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing! I will be checking them all out!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  3. Great ideas! I love the variety…pinned! Visiting from Inspiration Monday!

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