Let’s pretend I posted this a few weeks ago and you had plenty of time to choose the ultimate DIY Advent Calendar of your dreams… and set it up BEFORE December 1. Let’s pretend, because clearly that is not what happened. Let’s just say that pulling together a roundup like this might seem easy breezy, but it takes me hours. Maybe I’m just slow. Who knows.
Me, I’m not making anything. My younger kids LOVE their Lego Advent Calendars, which we tried for the first time last year. They both woke up so excited this morning and ran downstairs to get their first Lego treat. But mean mommy made them get dressed and eat their breakfast first. Dude, it happened in record time.
Smart Jr. uses an old cardboard advent calendar that came with chocolates in it way back when. It’s the type with the pull out drawers, so I just refill it with different stuff every year. Last year I had to fill it with some Lego because she got jealous of her brother and sister. But would she just let me order her a Lego Advent Calendar this year? Nope. I would have bought this Minion version from Target while it was on sale, but they didn’t have any in our store and I was too lazy to order it online. That’s okay because her sister probably would have stolen all the minions anyway.
Advent Calendars Made From Tins
I always thought these were made using the magnetic GRUNTAL canisters from IKEA (3/$7.99), but apparently there are smaller/cheaper party favor options at the craft store. Who knew? Just add cute paper, numbers, and treats. Then find something to attach them to.
This one from Parents Magazine is IN a tin, a cookie tin that is.
Advent Calendars Made from Toilet Paper Rolls
I think the kids would have as much fun making this toilet paper roll advent calendar as they would opening it. Another one from Parents Magazine.
Pocket/Bag Style Advent Calendars
What else in the world can you do with library pockets? Beats me, so you better make an advent calendar with them. I just saw these for sale at Lakeshore Learning the other day, or you can find them on Amazon. This one by Ruffled Sunshine is super cute! [Pin it from here]
Add Meaning to Advent with These Calendars
I love the Christ-Centered Christmas Craft Advent for Young Children from Housewife Eclectic and it totally reminds me of the Sunday school crafts my mom used to make back in the day. [Pin it from here]
The Deliberate Mom gives a tutorial for a Meaningful Christmas Countdown [Pin it from here]
This one kind of looks like Smart Jr’s advent calendar, but Amanda at Dirt & Boogers filled the boxes with pieces of papers listing activities for the family to do together. You know, instead of treats. I think like that idea even better! [Pin it from here]
If you want to add some treats to your Christ-centered advent calendar, check out this list from Laura at FHE Lessons. “The gifts match up to these names, each of which refers to Jesus Christ.” [Pin it from here]
Unique and One-of-a-Kind Advent Calendars
And for the grand finale, and winner of the oddball category —- The Dating Divas Christmas Countdown with Your Spouse. If you try it let me know! [Pin it from here]
Too late for this year? No worries, just pin it for next year! 😉