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25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas

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25 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts

I know, I know, it’s only November, so what am I doing with an Advent Calendar Roundup already.  But holy cow, it’s November!  If I want an advent calendar that starts on December 1st, I’d better get crackin’!  And these days, everything takes a long time.  I need to:

  • find inspiration
  • stew on it for a few days
  • find the perfect combination of enough sleep, quiet baby and nice weather in order to go out and buy supplies
  • then procrastinate some more and let the supplies sit in the dining room for a few days

before I finally get around to putting the project together.  So yeah, for me, this is not too early at all to be looking at advent calendars and thinking about what I’m going to do this year.

What about you?  When do you start thinking about advent calendars and the holiday season?  In case you’re trying to get a head start this year, here’s a collection of 25 Advent Calendars to make!  Many of these projects have printables, downloadable templates and tutorials.  Some use regular items around the house and some can be made with simple supplies from your craft stash.  Enjoy!  I hope you’re looking forward to the holiday season as much as I am!


Make your advent by folding paper into assorted gift boxes

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Simple Christmas Countdown from Simple As That

Pyramid Advent from Minieco

Christmas Countdown Fortune Cookies from Happy Go Lucky

Christmas Calendar from HeyLook

These advents can hold larger gifts – yeah!

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Metal Pail Advent Calendar from Our Vintage Home Love

Big Box DIY Advent Calendar from Mod Podge Rocks

In case you’re not into the small gift thing, here’s a few pocket advents to hold cards or coupons

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Pottery Barn Advent Knock-off from Family Ever After

Christmas Story Scripture Advent Calendar from One Dog Woof

Advent Calendar Book from Carolyn’s Homework

Felt Advent Banner from The Crafted Sparrow

Everyone needs a wreath for the holidays – why not make it double duty?

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Wreath Advent from KaraIMame

Christmas Advent Wreath from June Violet

These awesome ideas re-use items from around the house.  Start saving up!

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Milkbox Advent from Homemade By Jill

Countdown to Christmas from Mindy Pitcher

Advent Calendar from Recycled Baby Food Jars by Craft-O-Maniac

Christmas Advent Jar from Just a Girl

I love these scrapbook, book and card advents – easy and with so much meaning!

25 DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Advent Flip Frame from My Mind’s Eye

Book Tree Advent from Reading Confetti

Christmas Gift Advent from Practically Functional

Here’s a great way to use all those singleton socks and accessories

25 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

Stocking Advent Calendar from It Happens in a Blink

Sock Advent from Design Dazzle

Winter Woolens Advent from Lulu the Baker

A few magnetic ideas to countdown the days

25 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas Roundup | One Dog Woof | #holidays #crafts #inspiration

DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Christmas Countdown Magnetic Calendar from Lolly Jane

Mini Muffin Tin Advent from The Happy Scraps


If these 25 Advent ideas weren’t enough for you to get crafty, you can find more holiday inspiration here!

Medallion Snowflakes


  1. karaimame

    Hi there!
    These are amazing!! Beautiful creative and so inspiring Advent Calendars, I feel so honoured to have mine included to this awesome list of ideas. Thank you 🙂
    I hope we see more of these DIY-calendars this year as well, more inspiration for the next year ^_^!

  2. Steph @ meet.make.laugh.

    You are the best at roundups! I love this one. Though I don’t think I am going to make an advent calendar this year…. I need to get started on some other holiday crafts!

  3. ChiWei

    Thanks Steph! I figure if I’m looking and stalking Pinterest, I might as well round it up for other people! I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet. I’m sure my son would love a Hot Wheels advent somehow, so I gotta think about it still. 🙂

  4. ChiWei

    Thank you for your wonderful idea as well!

  5. fariba

    Thank you for your great idea.These are fabulous .

  6. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Ha ha. ChiWei you crack me up. I, too, share some of those same habits of mulling over a project before going and buying supplies and then letting the supplies hang around collecting dust for a few days while I mull some more! Ahhh, the life of a crafty procrastinator!

    But I was really delighted to see the pin to this post because I’m actually in the midst of working on an advent calendar for us this year (or rather, in the “seeking inspiration” phase), so this post is chock FULL of ideas that have my gears-a-turnin’. Thanks, girlie!

  7. Doreen Muddiman

    Love these ideas especially the winter woollies one. Could you do something similar with ideas for what to put in the calendar other than chocolates? My husband’s birthday is almost on top of Christmas so our Advent calendar is filled with goodies for him to make it a birthday month. Shopping for men is difficult and shopping for teeny tiny things for a man can be really tough 🙂

  8. Vanessa

    LOVE all of those! What a great collection of well designed calendars!

  9. ChiWei

    Thank you Vanessa!

  10. ChiWei

    Wow, um, I don’t have a lot of ideas off the top of my head. Maybe you can fill the calendar with money so he can buy himself something nice at the end of the month? 🙂

  11. Catherine

    Some great ideas here! We are doing a book themed Advent Calendar for the second year running, two little elves bring us a different book each day and use a few props to make scenes from the book. It’s a lot of fun 🙂

  12. Faffy Tea

    What a cute selection – the Winter Woollens calendar is such a simple, effective idea!

    Just in case anyone is interested, we’ve created a DIY printable “Acts of Kindness” Advent Calendar with a different good deed to do for each day of advent. More info here:

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