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??!!)
Best Homemade Advent Calendars
UPDATE 2020: tada… I made this Knit Advent Calendar with just the cutest little pockets. I so love the results. Because it’s not so loudly ‘numbered’ nor in those ultra-traditional colors, this actually looks really classy and festive and matches my gold/silver Xmas tree decoration.
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
Idea from Land of Nod.
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.
(project | photo credit: http://www.theredthreadblog.com/advent-calendar-tuesday-tah-dah)
Goodie Bag Advent Calendar Garland (photo credit: Land of Nod)
How to Make a Pocket Calendar
The 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:
Credit: Chefmessy.comI love that each day of this advent calendar has an activity planned from holiday need-to-do and want-to-do lists. They include things like:
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. 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.
source: Land Of Nod.
Image: the company store
To make this advent calendar, you need to have an assortment of scrapbooking papers in Christmas colors + this advent calendar scrapbooking – kit that you can order online:
Image & tutorial: http://www.bhg.com/christmas/crafts/paper-advent-calender-box/
|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. |
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:
Pretty picture by: 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.
Cloud Advent Calendar by Johanna Rundel.
Free Advent Calendar Printables
|Tutorial & photo by:
Idea from: Frills in the Hills
|A creation from: MyLittleMochi at Typepad|
(Via AllieMakes – http://alliemakes.blogspot.com/2010/11/advent-calendar.htm)
Who did it: ModernYetOldFashioned.blogspot.com
(C‘e di Casa di Falcone)
|And … just for laughs … |
(You guessed it: by Made-In-England.org)
Peace on Earth Advent Calendar
Urban Pine Advent Calendar
(From: The Land of Nod)These last two look like homemade advent calendars, but actually you can order them online (wink).
|Modern XMAS |
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.
(photo credit: Heartlinen)
|Free advent calendar houses templates|
By Mr. Printables
And there you have it: a whole slew of homemade advent calendars you could have loads of fun with making your self.