Our 8 Favorite DIY Advent Calendars

Halloween is behind us and soon it will be time to start an official countdown to Christmas. Advent calendars are a tradition in our house. I love all the different ways you can create your own calendar. Would you like to make something you can re-use each year (unlike the cardboard ones you find at the store)?  I loved the ideas below and hope they will fill you with great ideas and inspiration.

Check all these wonderful ways to celebrate the days of December and start your own family advent tradition!

DIY advent calendar shaped like a Christmas tree

 She Knows – so easy to customize this calendar. Easy to follow tutorial.

Photography inspired advent calendar

The Thinking Closet – Take a peek at this creative way to use your photos on the flip side of the numbers in this Advent calendar.  Love it!

Reusable advent calendar for a Christmas countdown

The Snowdrop and Company – I actually think you can find a way to use this throughout the year.

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DIY Advent calendar with chic and modern diamond shapes

The Sweet Escape – As she says – here’s a funky and modern take on an advent calendar. Cool!

Ornaments for the tree Christmas countdown advent calendar

Persia Lou – Adding an “ornament” to the “tree” each day –  so sweet . You can do this.

DIY advent calendar from repurposed toilet paper rolls.

Northstory – Very serious bonus points for finding a way to use that Halloween candy (and toilet paper rolls – don’t they look fancy?!

Advent calendar with simple Christmas pocket advent calendar

Make Life Lovely – This is a classic pocket advent calendar! Well done!

Burlap bag Christmas countdown advent calendar

My So Called Crafty Life – You family is going to be so excited each year to see what’s inside those bags!

Felt pocket advent calendar DIY

Bonus: Had to include this from Sew Delicious – it’s a terrific way to get your older kids involved in creating an advent calendar.

How will you count the days to Christmas?

What do you think?