20+ DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

As we prepare for the Christmas season, one tradition always seems to add a little more magic to the whole of December, the advent calendar!

I love this idea for a boxwood! It has free printouts so you can take small boxes and create your own boxed advent tree.

I love this idea for an activity bag advent calendar. Use their printouts to make every day magical with a new activity as a family. I love that this is an inexpensive advent calendar that is all about spending time together as a family!

This Christmas countdown surprise box is easy to store away but makes every day in December more magical than the last!

Use this fun printable version to make your kids an advent calendar with a sheet of scratches. You will have so much fun coloring it and you can make a new one every year.

I love this tutorial that uses craft matchboxes and Christmas paper to create a pop-open advent calendar tree that you can enjoy all month.

This is a fun tutorial that will show you how to make an adorable snowman advent calendar for the kids.

This is one of the easiest advent calendars I’ve seen, but it’s just as fun as the others! Use festive mugs to help complete this Christmas countdown.

More than 20 of the BEST DIY Advent calendar ideas for the Christmas season

This list of 100 Christmas activities is the perfect addition to your homemade Advent calendar. Pick one activity per day for all of December.

This fun felt nativity advent calendar idea comes with instructions for telling a different part of the Christmas story each day before Christmas.

This mother packs Christmas themed books and reads a different storybook every December night. Here you will find our top 25 Christmas books.

This funny pull chain doubles as a decoration! Print out your train advent calendar here or watch more countdowns for Christmas trains.

You can use toilet paper rolls, milk jug lids, and other things from your house to make this adorable recycled advent calendar.

These cute advent calendars can be created for each other by siblings. I think it’s great that brothers and sisters can easily give something special!

Instead of buying one in the store, you can print out this beautiful advent calendar. Flip a new card over every day to find a fun activity for the family.

You know, I’m all geared towards Christmas on a budget, so this toilet paper advent calendar is a new favorite!

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More than 20 of the BEST DIY Advent calendar ideas for the Christmas season

If you get stuck trying to pick the perfect activities for your Advent calendar, look no further than this list of 24 Easy Kids Activities for Advent!

If you want to go with the Christmas book idea, try stacking it into a snowman or that fun Christmas tree.

One of my favorite Christmas themes are the little elves. This blogger has created 24 mini elf houses as her elven advent calendar!

We always decorate our tree in the first week of December so this is a great fit for our family. She made scratch-off decorations with fun activities that could count down to Christmas.

When you run out of time, create this quick and easy advent calendar. For those of us who forgot to do such things until a few days in December, this is a PERFECT solution!

You can also print out these fun chalkboard cards with fun holiday chores to do while counting down to Advent!

This mom’s approach is to take things that you already have lying around your house to create a fun Christmas tree advent calendar.

How do you count to Christmas? I would love to hear your favorite species!

If this has overwhelmed you and you have decided not to create your own advent calendar this year, try one of these great options from our partner.

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