I love our store bought advent tree — for DIY points, I did have to create a replacement door for it. Last year, I put slips of paper about what we were going to do that day in each compartment, along with a dollhouse miniature that symbolized the activity (which served the dual purpose of introducing our Pink Language Series). It was great, but not something I can see myself doing year after year, and I do feel a bit limited with the size of the cubicles.
I love that these DIY advent calendar ideas can be customized to your family and child, as it can be really hard to find a nice, well-made advent calendar in stores that suits your purposes. Instead of spending your time searching, why not spend a few minutes on one of these fun DIYs!
(And if you’d prefer some DIY Menorah Ideas, we have those, too!)
You are My Fave created this super-fun punch-out advent chart, with hidden prizes behind each of tissue paper circles. I could see Miss G LOVING this one.
Nicolette from Powerful Mothering has a great printable to make your own DIY box-tree calendar, and a sweet banner with daily verses to memorize (if your family is not religious, these verses could be swapped out for holiday songs or poems.)
Tinkerlab has this cute envelope system, if you have some extra scrapbook paper — or you can attach it to the fridge, like Hi Sugar Plum. Coffee Cups and Crayons has a printable Random Acts of Kindness calendar, if crafting something just isn’t going to happen this year. Or there is this Advent Activities printable from Hip Homeschool Moms that can be laminated and used year after year.
Danya Banya has this quick and easy advent calendar for busy parents, or with only a bit more time, you can make her awesome felt-and-cardboard-tube advent tree!
We might do this paper bag advent garland from Most Lovely Things with the daycare kids, I love that the brown paper packages are tied up with string! Or, if you have festive cups rather than paper bags on hand, Red Ted Art makes this fun advent banner.
I love this natural advent calendar from Little Eco Footprints.
Adventure, ease, and taking up less space are the things I love about this jar-and-popsicle-stick idea from Mess for Less.
With a bit more time and supplies, this burlap advent calendar from The Girl Creative keeps the house looking a bit more grown-up.
Also, check out this mitten idea from Miss Lizzie — you could easily swap out the mittens for all of those leftover socks that seem to come back from the dryer without their partner…
If you’re stumped for ideas to fill the days with (other than snacks), come back on Friday for our list of 50 Ideas for the Holidays.
And check out our list of 20 Christmas Snack Ideas on our sister side, In the Kids’ Kitchen.
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