Countdown to Christmas:
35 DIY Advent Calendars to Make

It's not even Thanksgiving yet and my three-year-old is already asking me if Christmas is here yet. In fact, last night she woke up with a bad dream and as I stroked her hair and settled her back into bed I suggested that she dream about nice things instead. As she began to fall back asleep she murmured, "Like wane-deers and Cwistmas and pwesents." I'm sure I'm not the first parent who has had this problem, and this is where I think the advent calendar must have been born - so that parents everywhere can have some peace during the twenty-four days (or more) until the big day is here. So here is my gift to you - thirty five of my favorite DIY calendars, from the simple to the complex to spark your imagination...

ROW ONE

1. Giant Advent Calendar DIY: Oh Happy Day
2. Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar: Morning Creativity
3. Paper Packages Tied Up with String Advent Calendar: Silly Old Suitcase
4. Give Thanks Fall Advent Calendar: Whatever Dee Dee Wants
5. DIY Christmas Forest Advent Calendar: A Lovely Lark

ROW TWO

6. Printable Box DIY Advent Calendar: Hey Look
7. Envelope Advent Calendar: Sarah & Bendrix for Houzz.com
8. Punch Board Advent Calendar: You Are My Fave
9. Paper Mountain Advent Calendar: You Are My Fave
10.
Geometric Advent Calendar: Sanae Ishida

ROW THREE
11.
House Advent Calendar: Mokkasin
12.
DIY Punch Box Advent Calendar: Studio DIY
13.
A Cone-iferous Advent: FamilyFun Magazine for Spoonful
14.
Felt Advent Calendar DIY: Rachel Denbow/Smile & Wave
15.
A New Home for the Advent Boxes: Ali Edwards

ROW FOUR
16.
Advent Calendar Iron-On: Oh Happy Day
17.
Magnetic Holiday Advent Calendar DIY: Twig & Thistle
18.
Forest Advent Calendar: Snug Studio
19.
Snowflake Christmas Countdown: Eighteen25
20.
DIY Advent Garland: The Daily B

ROW FIVE
21.
Mini Tree DIY Advent Calendar: Oh Happy Day
22.
DIY Advent in a Jar: Poppytalk
23.
Dyed Advent Calendar: Griottes
24.
Christmas Countdown DIY Advent Calendar: The Marion House Book
25.
Fabric Cone Christmas Calendar: Cirkus

ROW SIX
26.
Hanging Chalkboard Advent Calendar: Hank & Hunt
27.
Falling Stars Advent Calendar: Design*Sponge
28. Last-Minute Recycled Envelope Advent Calendar: Inhabitots
29. Night Shift Advent: Titatoni
30. Countdown to Christmas: Simply Stamped

ROW SEVEN
31.
DIY Advent Calendar: Inspired to Share
32.
Family Tradition Christmas Book Countdown: Simple As That
33.
Paper Bag Advent Calendar: A Merry Mishap
34.
Baby Sock Advent Calendar: Jedi Craft Girl
35. Stocking Advent Calendar: Trillium Design

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(Image credits: Chiara Alberetti Milott; Erlend Johansen; Maartje; Lorajean Gudmundsen; Lauren Hufnagl; Michaela; Veronika ; Melanie Blodgett; Sanae Ishida; Sophia; Kelly Lanza; FamilyFun Magazine; Rachel Denbow; Ali Edwards; Amanda Jane Jones; Kathleen; Snug Studio; Rebecca Cooper; Gina DeMillo Wagner; Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day; Rachael Smith; Emilie; Emma Reddington; Filippa Asved; Jenny Batt; Jennie Lyon; Renaade; Maile Belles; Colleen; Jennifer Hagler; Jedi Craft Girl; Trillium Design)