DIY Advent Calendars
When counting down the days to Christmas, advent calendars make the countdown more fun! Advent calendars build anticipation for the big day with cute trinkets to tick off each day of December. The traditional calendars with little chocolates behind the doors were first printed in the early 1900s, but today designing your own version is a much more fun way to celebrate the season. Here is what you need and 5 ideas to create your own DIY advent calendars.
To make an advent calendar, you need 4 things:
You'll need 24 containers to hold knickknacks or treats for each day in December leading up to Christmas day. They can be pockets, envelopes, tiny boxes, paper bags, paper cups, sachet bags, or even bottles.
This is where you'll put all your little containers. This can be a tiny Christmas tree, a yard of felt, a blank wall, twine, a refrigerator door, burlap, or paperboard.
This is what you'll use to affix or hang your container on the mount. This can be glue, clothespins, or magnets.
You'll need 24 different curios to fit in each of your containers. They don't have to be complicated or detailed, but they should be a surprise.They can be candies, tiny dolls, ornaments, buttons, cookie cutters, barrettes, tiny books, beads, bracelets, marbles, fortunes, messages, jokes, scripture -- anything you want to put in them to make opening them more exciting.
Unique Advent Calendars
Matchboxes make adorable boxes for tiny presents on each day of the advent calendar. Use regular holiday wrapping paper to cover the outside. Use different paper for each day or go for something sleek like a metallic paper to dress up the boxes. Cut out numbers from contrasting paper to designate boxes for each day. Decorate a piece of cardboard cut into a holiday shape -- Christmas tree, star or wreath -- to create a backing for the boxes. Paste the boxes on the decorated cardboard and fill each box with candy or tiny toys or souvenirs.
There are endless ways you can create an advent calendar with bunting. Make tiny stockings with felt and string them together with decorative kitchen twine. Canvas sachet bags are the perfect size for advent treats and easy to tie on twine with the pull-string. Mark the days using rubber stamps or permanent markers. The twine can be draped over the mantel, hung in several rows over whitespace in the living room or kitchen, or even behind the couch. It's a versatile advent calendar that fits any living space.
A small tree designated as the advent calendar can be decorated with crafted envelopes to designate the day it should be opened. Affix them to the tree with decorated clothespins.
Paste heavy, plain white envelopes on a white paperboard with the flap facing out. Seal each envelope with numbered stickers. It's a minimalist advent calendar that can be propped on just about any surface.
Turn your refrigerator into an advent calendar with magnets! Upcycle old spice tins or 1" candy tins with tops. Glue a magnet to the base and craft a number for the top -- with felt, glitter or beads. Fill each tin with a tiny surprise and arrange them on the refrigerator in any shape you want -- a Christmas tree, a star or a wreath.
Brown Bags, Twine and Clothespins
This is a simple idea -- craft the numbers on each bag with markers, paint or stamps, fill them with holiday goodies, fold over the top and clip them to the twine with clothespins and hang them anywhere. Simple, surprising and sweet.
There are countless ways to put together an advent calendar. They can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be -- they all count down to the same day of celebration.