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Unique DIY Advent Calendars You’ve Never Seen

If you are ready to celebrate the countdown to Christmas, make an advent calendar! Here are 20+ DIY advent calendars that will inspire you.

Unique DIY Advent Calendars for Christmas

We’ve finally reached the holiday season. That wonderful time of year when the air is filled with the scent of gingerbread and the sound of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on an endless loop.

But let’s talk about the real star of the show, shall we? The advent calendar. That delightful little countdown that builds our excitement as we inch closer and closer to the jolly man’s grand entrance.

Today we’re diving into the magical world of DIY advent calendars, where each day reveals not just a treat, but a triumph of your own crafty skills.

And who says advent calendars are just for kids? This year, it’s all about the adults getting in on the fun, too!

You might be a fan of the classic chocolate-behind-each-door variety (because, let’s be honest, chocolate makes everything better), but why stop there?

The possibilities for your homemade advent calendars are as limitless as Santa’s bag of toys. From tiny handcrafted gifts to personalized notes, each day can bring a new surprise that’s uniquely you.

I’ve scoured the globe (well, the internet, but who’s counting?) to bring you over 20 of the most creative, fun, and downright awesome DIY advent calendar ideas.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIYer or a newbie looking for a festive project, there’s an idea here that’s sure to light up your Christmas decor like the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.

So, fellow holiday enthusiasts, let’s embark on this merry crafting journey. Scroll down to unveil a treasure trove of advent calendar ideas that will make your December mornings exciting.

And hey, while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our free Christmas printables, Christmas wreath ideas, ways to make a Christmas tree skirt, or DIY Christmas stockings to add even more holiday cheer to your home!

Get ready to count down to Christmas with style and a touch of DIY magic.

DIY Advent Calendars

Have fun counting down the days until Christmas with one of these unique DIY advent calendar ideas. What a cute way to pass the time this holiday season!

Would you try one of these DIY advent calendar ideas? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday 21st of November 2023

I love the painted jars idea. It reminded me of how I made snowmen from a jam jar covered in cottonwool and deorated then using a ball of cottonwool for his head. The jar makes an ideal holder for a small gift. Thank you.

Heather and

Friday 21st of July 2023

I'd like to try the countdown hanger advent calendar please.

Lilian (karaimame)

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Hi Amy! Thank you so much to have my Advent Calendar included in this delicious list of ideas! All of them are so great and surely a huge source of inspiration ;)