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Unique Ways To Make A DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

For me, the build-up to Christmas day is actually more exciting than the big day itself. One of my favourite ways to add to all that festive excitement is with a Christmas Advent Calendar.
Every year I love to make our own upcycled Christmas advent calendar and fill them with sweet treats and cheesy jokes.
Here I’ve rounded up what I consider to be some of the best handmade Christmas Advent Calendar ideas on the internet. I’ve noticed two main variations with advent calendars the number of days 24 or 25 and whether they are in order or random.
Personally, I love a randomly ordered advent calendar. As hunting for the right day only adds to the fun. What about you?


The DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas

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1. Upcycled Advent Calendar Using Tin Cans – Pillarboxblue

This upcycled DIY Christmas advent calendar cost almost nothing to make. Just make sure you save all your soup and beans tin cans.

The kids really enjoy punching through the paper lid to get the treat inside. Also with this advent calendar, there is room for bigger treats.

Make a rustic farmhouse style advent calendar for Christmas by upcycling your old tin cans.


2.Instagram Advent Calendar – Thinking Closet

hat a fun idea, a different Instagram photo for each day. A great one for Insta fans and a good way to review the past year.

3. Denim Pocket Handmade Advent Calendar – Pillarboxblue

The best thing about this advent calendar besides big pockets for big treats is the fact that it is no-sew! It will also last for years.

4. Woodland Advent Calendar – Live Laugh Rowe

This is just a simple over the door shoe rack. But what makes it special are those adorable printable number tags.

5.Rustic DIY Advent Calendar – Hawthorne and Main

This is one for those with more rustic decor. Or have a bit of Scottish in them, like me (stags and tartan).

Upcycled and Repurposed DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas 6-10…

6. Mason Jar Advent Calendar – The Country Chic Cottage

I love mason jars they are so cute! This is very simple but a great way to hide a lot of treats.

7. Homemade Paper Envelope Advent Calendar – Pillarboxblue

Another one of mine. You can make these envelopes out of scrap Christmas gift wrap.

Envelope advent

8. Pottery Barn Knock Off Advent Calendar – Make and Do Crew

I love the look of the mini rusty buckets against the black chalkboard. Plus plenty of room for a daily treat.

9.DIY Clothespin Advent Calendar – Blesserhouse

A very simple but beautiful farmhouse style Christmas advent calendar.

 10. Sock Advent Calendar – Design Dazzle

This looks so bright and cheerful on the mantle and comes with loads of activity ideas to put into the calendar.

The rest of the handmade advent calendars…

11. Punch Game Advent Calendar – School of Decorating

This is a fun one, especially with kids. They love punching open the paper each day to get their treats.

 12. Toilet Roll Christmas Advent Calendar – North Story

It’s hard to believe that such a stylish advent calendar can be made from upcycled toilet rolls.

13. Paper cup advent calendar – Pretty Little Party Shop

Love this idea, especially as you can get paper cups in so many lovely Christmassy designs.

14. Easy No Sew Burlap Advent Calendar – Finding Home Farms

We have already had a no-sew denim advent calendar so why not a no-sew burlap one. The little felt ornaments dotted around are really cute too!

15. DIY Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar – The House That Lars Built

This is printable with full instructions to make this colourful advent calendar which is a decoration in itself.

16. Fun Homemade Advent Calendar From Kraft Paper- Pillarboxblue

These cute gingerbread men are made from sewing kraft paper. Each little man contains a treat.

kraft paper gingerbread homemade advent calendar

17.  Repurposed Paper Bag Advent Calendar

This fun festive advent calendar is made from repurposed paper bags.  The Christmas shapes are made using Christmas cookie cutters. 

The kids have fun trying to spot which shop the bag is from.

18. Upcycled Dictionary Advent Calendar – Pictureboxblue

This is a really fun calendar to make, matching the words on the dictionary page with the vintage images.

best advent  calendar ideas

You can find many more cool adult Christmas craft ideas here.

The best handmade DIY Christmas Advent Calendar


Thursday 16th of November 2017

We did a mini stocking one last year and that was fun and easy. I need to pick one to make for this year! Thanks for the inspiration here. Stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty link up.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 16th of November 2017

I bet the mini stockings looked adorable. Thank you.

Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

I love advent calendars! Thank you for sharing on Whisk It Wednesday Link Party. Have a wonderful week - Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 14th of November 2017

Thank you ?

Amber Harrop

Sunday 12th of November 2017

I am so inspired I am going to try and make my own Gardener's advent calender

Claire Armstrong

Monday 13th of November 2017

I can't wait to see it.


Sunday 12th of November 2017

These are all fantastic, so pretty, fun and different. Great collection, I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Pinning.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of November 2017

Thank you Leanna.


Friday 10th of November 2017

So many clever ideas! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 10th of November 2017

Thank you ?