There’s just something about an advent calendar that brings a little bit of magic to the season. It can be something as simple as a paper chain or as complicated as you like. Advents are the coolest! Plus, they’re an easy way to help your kids be a part of all the holiday fuss, as if they need an excuse to get even MORE excited about Christmas.
I know it’s already December 6th, but with the late Thanksgiving, the Christmas season has kind of snuck up on me, so I’m putting together a late (but still awesome!) advent calendar this weekend. Feel free to join me!
To help us out, I’ve hunted around for some of my favorite DIY advent options. Pick one, craft it up, fill with treats, and get your countdown on!
Paper Bag Advent 1 of 17
Simple and a bit rustic what with the branch and twine and all, I love it!
DIY tutorial here from 3rd Floor Design Studio
Paper Box Advent 2 of 17
These small paper boxes can be found at craft stores. Paint them up in a pleasing palate, number and fill. Easy peasy!
DIY here from You Are My Fave
Paper Envelope Advent 3 of 17
Another easy project, the simplicity is so appreciated! But I have to say, I really dig the way this advent looks! White envelopes with a fun surprise inside. I support it!
DIY here from A Few Things From My Life
Toilet Paper Roll Advent 4 of 17
The ever useful toilet paper roll strikes again, this time in advent form. Clever!
DIY here from Morning Creativity
Mini Tree Advent 5 of 17
More fun with paper boxes, create your own tiny forest!
DIY here from Oh Happy Day
Magnetic Container Advent 6 of 17
Those round IKEA tins are the business and perfect for a magnetic advent. Genius!
DIY here from Twig & Thistle
Wreath Advent 7 of 17
Function and form? This advent wreath is both!
DIY here from Keraimame
Giant Tree Advent 8 of 17
Apparently IKEA has this giant tree fabric, so turning it into an advent seems like a natural progression.
DIY here from Oh Happy Day
Felt Pocket Advent 9 of 17
I'm always so impressed by the creativity of others. This felt pocket advent is so clever and can easily be repurposed after the holidays are over. Organization is my fave!
DIY here from Small For Big
Modern Branch Advent 10 of 17
I super love this idea! Ornaments hung from a branch, each one with an accompanying activity or fun thing to do that day.
Details here from Sugar Lander
Mason Jar Advent-Free Printable! 11 of 17
Use the accompanying free printable on this post to make a darling mason jar advent. So easy!
Get it here from Studio DIY
Repurposed Pallet Tree Advent 12 of 17
Only some minor woodworking skills required for this one, hang an ornament for each day. The finished tree is adorable!
DIY here from SAS Interiors
DIY Forest Advent Calendar 13 of 17
Love this modern spin on an old tradition. Bonus, free printable included!
Get it here from Love From Ginger
Lattice Advent 14 of 17
A scrap of lattice and some simple muslin bags are all you need for this advent!
DIY here from The Proper Pinwheel
Advent In A Jar 15 of 17
Not a lot of space necessary, I love the simplicity and felt balls are my favorite!
Details here from Penelope & Pip
Little Village Advent 16 of 17
Pretty paper houses with a free template included. So darling!
Download here from Swoon Studio
DIY Reusable Advent 17 of 17
Here's a great DIY advent to put together, and completely no-sew too!
Find the details here on my personal blog Design Mom