DIY Advent Calendars


15 DIY advent calendars ideas!

I am so stinkin’ excited the Christmas is quickly approaching! I know you may hate me for saying this, but I’ve already started planning for and shopping for gifts this year. I told you I was excited!

There is something so magical about celebrating such a cherished holiday with little ones whose faces light up at the mention of a Christmas Tree or of Santa. Now that my son is 3 and has a good grasp of numbers and the concept of counting, I will definitely be creating an Advent Calendar this year. I love that we’ll be able to practice counting while getting more excited for the Big Day! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites that I’m thinking about making for my family; I hope you find some inspiration here too!

Advent Calendar


Printable Activity Advent Calendar

Printable activity advent calendar

KISSmas tree advent calendar - a fun and easy way for the kids to count down to Christmas!

“KISS”mas tree advent calendar

Advent Calendar19

Christmas Advent Calendar Pillow

Fun Christmas Cube Advent at I heart naptime

Christmas Cube Advent Printable

Christmas Advent Calendar - featuring free printables and the ability to change your calendar to best fit your schedule! Get the instructions and adorable printables at

Christmas advent with free printables

Advent Calendar Kit1

Advent Calendar Kit

Advent Calendar17

Advent Christmas Tree by Lil Luna

Advent Calendar16

Take out box Advent Calendar by Studio DIY

Advent Calendar14

Printable bag advent calendar from Yellow Bliss Road

Advent Calendar15

Wooden Advent Calendar by Sugar and Charm

Advent Calendar1

Advent Calendar from Things I Made

Advent Calendar3

Baby Sock Advent Calendar from Martha Stewart

Advent Calendar2

Christmas Book Advent Countdown from Katherine Maries

Advent Calendar4

Window Advent Calendar from Country Living

Advent Calendar5

Clothespin Advent Calendar from Sunday In Bed


Advent Calendar6

Ornament Advent Calendar from Aubrey + Lindsay’s Blog

Advent Calendar7

Advent Drawers from Pam Garrison

Advent Calendar8

Tin Advent Calendar from Narrating Life

Advent Calendar18

Cookie Sheet Advent Calendar from Tip Junkie

Advent Calendar9

Advent Calendar via Love Nordic

Advent Calendar10

Big Box Advent Calendar from Mod Podge Rocks

Advent Calendar11

Match Book Advent Calendar from Just A Girl

Advent Calendar12

Dollar Store Advent Calendar from Infarrantly Creative

Advent Calendar13

Silhouette Advent Calendar from I Heart Nap Time

As always, I have more ideas over on my Pinterest board, Christmas. I’d love for you to come check it out!

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  1. Janel Hutton@hatingmartha posted on November 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm (#

    Thanks for the round-up! I am just thinking about starting our advent calendar!

  2. Shauna Rae posted on November 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm (#

    Just wanted to share a countdown from last year. I had so many friends comment on it –
    It’s made out of a vintage soda box.

  3. Rhea posted on November 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm (#

    The Advent Calendar with buckets is awesome! We will create one for my nieces using paper cups! Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Lolly Jane posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm (#

    Katie you are so organized to be so prepared! We are going to do an advent calendar now….. thanks for the motivation girl :)

  5. Jessica posted on November 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm (#

    Love the advent calendars!!!
    I made a couple of advent calendars a few years ago…could have used that Sihouette wooden calendar back then!

  6. OnePerfectDay posted on November 11, 2011 at 6:48 am (#

    These are FABULOUS and just what I was looking for right now!
    Thank you so much for posting!

  7. Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives posted on November 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm (#

    Just made a DIY calendar –

    I love all of these other ideas…they’re much more concise than mine is :)

  8. Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road posted on December 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm (#

    Thanks for sharing my printable Advent Calendar Jamielyn!!

  9. Gayle posted on September 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm (#

    Looks like a lot of fun.  I’am going to start my advent-calendar

  10. Faffy Tea posted on November 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm (#

    How about an Acts of Kindness advent calendar, with a good deed/task to do each day. We’d love to know what you think of our effort:

    • Jamielyn posted on November 6, 2014 at 12:22 am (#

      What a great idea!

  11. muriel posted on December 1, 2015 at 9:56 am (#


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