Monday, November 12, 2012

Make your own Advent Calendars

I love Christmas and I love the ritual of opening a door on an advent calendar every day leading up to Christmas Eve.  When I was little we never had the advent calendars with chocolate in them and I am still not a fan.  I really hate the idea of my kids choosing their advent calendar because it has a TV character on the front. 

This year I thought that maybe we could make our own advent calendars.  It would be a fun activity for us to do together and having the kids involved in creating the calendar will give them more time to reflect.  There are so many great ideas out there that I have compiled a few for you. 


Felt Advent Garland:

I love this advent garland made out of little felt pockets.  Felt is so easy to work with, it is inexpensive and holds up really well.  Best of all, felt doesn't require you to finish your edges so it is perfect for quick and simple projects.

Image & Idea: Everything Etsy via Skip to my Lou
Kim from Everything Etsy shares a simple tutorial to help you make your own felt advent garland.  I have so much felt I must try making one myself.

Muffin Tin Advent Calendar:

This idea uses a mini muffin tin and some card stock to create a perfect 24 chamber advent calendar.  You can hide little messages or treats inside and re-use it every year.

Image & Idea: Family Fun Magazine

Santa's Beard Trim:

This advent calendar is simple to make and the kids will have so much fun trimming Santa's beard daily, not to mention it is great for kids practicing their scissor skills

Image & Idea: La classe della Maestra Valentina

Building Santa's Beard:

This advent calendar is the exact opposite of the one above.  Instead of trimming Santa's beard, the kids get to add a cotton ball daily until Santa has a big busy beard.

FREE printable and idea: Inviting Printables

You can download a copy of this FREE printable and print it at home or at your local copy shop.

Reduce/Re-use/Recycle Rejoice:

I love this idea using old cans (or even toilet rolls) to make an advent calendar.

Image: Room Envy Co.


  1. Wash and dry 24 cans or clean off 24 toilet rolls.
  2. Spray paint all 24 a similar colour.
  3. Numbers each one, from 1 to 24.
  4. Fill them with a note or a surprise. 
  5. Top them off with some coloured tissue paper tied on with ribbon.  If using toilet rolls you will need to secure the bottom too.
Voila!  You have a unique, inexpensive advent calendar that can be used from year to year.   

I hope you've got some new and fun ideas for creating your own personal advent calendars this year.  I can't wait to get started on ours!

Do you use store bought advent calendars or an advent calendar that you made?


  1. I love that! I can't decide which one I prefer best!
    My 2 favorite go to the "cut the beard" ( I am totally doing that with my 5 y/o) and the toilet paper rolls surprises.

    Too bad I got a $2 chocolate advent calendar yesterday... maybe I should keep it for myself!

  2. Keeping the chocolate one for yourself is never a bad thing. I think your 5 y/o will love trimming Santa's beard. Just hope nobody in your family is growing a moustache for Movember, your 5 y/o may get ideas.

  3. I don't buy advent calendars mainly because I don't want to give DD so much chocolate but I did do the book thing last year (counting down to Christmas with 25 books wrapped in wrapping paper). Every day she gets to choose a book to unwrap and we read it together before bed.

    I do like the Santa's beard trimming one though. Much easier than wrapping 25 books. Teaches kids about numbers and gets them to practice their motor skills :)


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