Make Holiday Magic: 17 DIY Advent Calendars Here!

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
    3rd floor design studio

    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
    few things from my life

    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
    morning creativity

    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
    oh happy day

    More fun with paper boxes, create your own tiny forest!

    DIY here from Oh Happy Day

  • Magnetic Container Advent 6 of 17
    twig and thistle

    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
    oh happy day tree advent

    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
    small for big

    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
    casey baudoin

    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
    studio diy free printable

    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
    sas interiors

    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 from ginger

    Love this modern spin on an old tradition. Bonus, free printable included!

    Get it here from Love From Ginger

  • Lattice Advent 14 of 17
    proper pin wheel lattice calendar

    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
    advent in a jar

    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
    little village advent

    Pretty paper houses with a free template included. So darling!

    Download here from Swoon Studio

  • DIY Reusable Advent 17 of 17
    DIY reusable advent

    Here's a great DIY advent to put together, and completely no-sew too!

    Find the details here on my personal blog Design Mom


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