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35 DIY Advent Calendars to Make Now So You’re Ready for December

updated Mar 11, 2020
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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and my kids are already asking me if Christmas is here yet. I’m sure I’m not the first parent who has had this problem, and this is why 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 advent calendars, from the simple to the complex, from the modern to more traditional. Pick your favorite and make one today!

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Christmas Forest Advent Calendar , Earnest Home Co. (Image credit: Earnest Home Co.)

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12. Envelope Advent Calendar: Sarah & Bendrix for Houzz.com
13. Punch Board Advent Calendar: You Are My Fave
14. Paper Mountain Advent Calendar: You Are My Fave
15. Geometric Advent Calendar: Sanae Ishida

16. House Advent Calendar: Mokkasin
17. DIY Punch Box Advent Calendar: Studio DIY
18. A Cone-iferous Advent: FamilyFun Magazine for Spoonful
19. Felt Advent Calendar DIY: Rachel Denbow/Smile & Wave
20. Paper Box Advent Calendar: Ali Edwards

21. Advent Calendar Iron-On: Oh Happy Day
Forest Advent Calendar: Snug Studio
23. Snowflake Christmas Countdown: Eighteen25
24. DIY Advent Garland: The Daily B
25. Fabric Pocket Advent Calendar: Pinja Colada

Looking for ideas for what to put IN your advent calendar?
The Ultimate Guide to Tiny Gifts: Creative Ways to Fill Up Your Advent Calendar

26. Mini Tree DIY Advent Calendar: Oh Happy Day
27. DIY Advent in a Jar: Poppytalk
28. Dyed Advent Calendar: Griottes
29. Christmas Countdown DIY Advent Calendar: The Marion House Book
30. Fabric Cone Christmas Calendar: Cirkus

31. Wooden Houses Advent Calendar: Sugar & Charm
32. Hanging Chalkboard Advent Calendar: Hank & Hunt
33. Falling Stars Advent Calendar: Design*Sponge
34. Night Shift Advent: Titatoni
35. Countdown to Christmas: Simply Stamped

Updated and re-edited from a post originally published 11.15.13 – AL