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5 Advent Calendars to Make!

With December just around the corner, this week I’ve been thinking all about an advent calendar.  I love the idea of a homemade one, filled with fun activities to do with the family, or little games.  The ideas are endless really, and so it seems are the different kinds you can make you don’t have to go far to find some really stellar ones online again this year.  Here’s 5 that stood out, let’s take a look…


  • Ornaments + Found Objects 1 of 5
    Ornaments + Found Objects
    Emma of The Marion House made this beautiful nature-inspired one last year which I really love and which she recently refreshed for the upcoming season. Cute little stenciled satchels filled with small ornaments or found objects.
    Visit her blog here to see instructions.
  • Min Christmas Tree Advent 2 of 5
    Min Christmas Tree Advent
    Jordan of Oh Happy Day is very busy these days popping out some very clever and adorable ones. First off a mini tree advent and free template cute little boxes are adorned with miniature trees to delight young and old.
    Visit her post here on how she made it!
  • Chalkboard DIY Advent 3 of 5
    Chalkboard DIY Advent
    Equally adorable, and apparantly very simple to make is this chalkboard box advent tree using chalkboard paint and a mini tree you might have on hand.
    Visit Oh Happy Day for the how-to!
  • Tag Advent 4 of 5
    Tag Advent
    Marisa of Omiyage had a fun idea using tags, baker's twine and clothes pins. Download a free font at the post to make this office-inspired set. (Would be fun to do at an office)!
    Visit her blog here for the how-to!
  • Advent in a Jar 5 of 5
    Advent in a Jar
    Rachael of Penelope and Pip made this fun Advent Calendar in a Jar this week. Cute pom poms and a downloadable template make for a fun kit to start the count down, even take it on the road, it's completely portable!
    Get the how-to and free PDF here.

Marisa also had some fun activity ideas for each advent:

• Watch a Christmas movie.
• Make paper snowflakes.
• Decorate a gingerbread house.
• Go ice skating.
• Put up the Christmas tree.
• Turn on the outside lights.
• Drink peppermint hot chocolate.
• Bake Christmas cookies.

Do you know of a great advent calendar you’d like to share with us? Feel free to leave a comment!  Happy making!

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Jan is the co-founder of Poppytalk, a blog about the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade and Poppytalk Handmade, an online curated marketplace. Follow her on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest!

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