5 Ways to Make an Advent Calendar

I’m sure we all know by now that I can’t resist a countdown.  I’ve crafted ways to help my family count the days to every major holiday or event over the years, and you can bet that I’ll make a dozen more before I hang up my glue gun for good!  So, it should come as no surprise that I can’t imagine a Christmas celebration without an Advent calendar.  Here are just a few of the Advent calendars I’ve shared here:


Dollar Store Advent | Countdown Pillow | Magnetic Advent | Silhouette Advent

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the concept of an Advent calendar, I’ll give you a little background information.  An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas.  (“Advent” is the name many Christian churches give to the season of preparation before the celebration of Christmas.)  Traditionally, advent calendars are like large cards with little windows to open for each day before Christmas, and each window contains a treat.  These days, you can find and make countdown calendars from just about anything!  No matter the form they take, the concept of using them as a way to conceal or store a small surprise is still alive and well.  Check out these DIY ideas for 5 Ways to Make an Advent Calendar.


1.  Luminaries


There’s something very festive about the combination of flickering candlelight and snow.  That’s why I love this luminary advent at Design, Dining + Diapers.  “As you light a new candle each night, let it be a reminder of the true reason of the season and a time to give thanks for everything good in our lives,” Taryn says.

2. Capsule Garland


This adorable garland from Crafts Unleashed is made with papier mache boxes.  I think those candy-cane striped numbers are just perfection!

3.  Hanging Chalkboard


Chalkboards are such a fun trend, why not incorporate them into an advent calendar?  This pretty hanging advent from Hank & Hunt does just that, with chalkboard boxes dangling from a pretty pine bough.

4.  Lattice


How pretty is this?  Tiny, festive muslin bags are attached to a lattice background with Christmas washi tape.  “Who doesn’t love opening something small (or BIG!!!) daily in anticipation of Christmas?” asks The Proper Pinwheel.

5.  Mini Trees


The evergreen tree is a well-known symbol of Christmas, which makes this mini-tree Advent calendar from Oh Happy Day extra fun.  The tutorial for this Christmas countdown includes a free printable template for the number flags that adorn each tree.

Need a few more ideas?  Feel free to check out these 5 Ways to Countdown to Christmas.  Do you currently have something that you use to keep track of the days until Christmas at your house?  How do you keep your little ones from opening all of the surprises at once?