12 Easy upcycled DIY Advent Calendars

We’re already well into December, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about the countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar! Here are 12 easy DIY ideas you’re going to love!

It began with 18th century German Protestants marking chalk on their doors to count the days leading up to Christmas, but today, there’s all kind of crafty ways to mark our anticipation to the big day.

Think outside the box – Advent Calendar’s don’t have to be about buying even more presents or eating tooth-decaying sweet treats. You can use the advent to write down what you’re grateful for, fun family activities to enjoy on Christmas day, or perhaps a small present for everyone coming to your pre-Christmas dates.

Get your friends and family involved; flex your creativity with these fun ideas using materials you can find around your home.

1.  It doesn’t get cuter than this matchbox advent calendar!

Just glue the empty boxes to form rows cover with wrapping paper and use stamps to mark the boxes 1 through 25, and then fill with candy and trinkets.

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2. Pocket Calendar

These beautiful little triangular pockets can be used year after year. And best of all, you don’t even need to know how to sew. Just glue together triangles of fabric or felt.

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3. Wreath Calendar

Crafting this beautiful advent will be just as fun as opening the little presents! Simply use recycled cardboard and small boxes and tie with pretty ribbon.

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4. Bon Bon Calendar 

Kids will love ‘punching’ in the numbers in the lead up to Christmas. Simply use toilet rolls, different coloured tissue paper and a white marker to draw on the numbers.

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5. Chocolate-free Calendar

Print out some fun activities the whole family can enjoy. These can be done in the days leading up to Christmas, with each member of the family contributing one idea. Then create a ‘lucky dip’ on Christmas day.

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6. Simple Baking Tray Calendar

Advent calendars don’t need to be complicated; we love this idea using a simple baking tray. Use double sided tape to attach the days.

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7. Grateful Jar

On each day of December leading up to Christmas, get each member of the family to write down something you’re grateful for and put them in a jar. Read them out Christmas day over lunch.

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8. Rustic Style Calendar 

This beautiful advent calendar is for style conscious among us. Perfect if cutesy isn’t your style.

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9. Toilet Roll House Calendar

Don’t’ throw out those toilet rolls upcycle them into a beautifully simple advent calendar.

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10. Reindeer Calendar

Gregory the Reindeer calendar is a great alternative to the gift grab

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11. Pringle Containers Calendar

For the beer lovers – a few Pringle containers should do the trick!

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12. Balloon Calendar

It’ll be a race to see who can burst the balloons every day in the lead up to Christmas!

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Do you have an idea for an advent calendar? Let us know by commenting below!

For more DIY and craft ideas, visit me at my blog Craftygirllifehacks.com or see you on Facebook and Instagram!

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