Stylish DIY Advent Calendar ideas

The lead-up to Christmas is most of the fun with the festive season! Advent calendars help you count down the days—and typically reward you with a treat—but rather than shopping for a generic, store-bought version each year, attempt one of these DIYs. You might be able to save and recycle several of these concepts for a number of years if you store them well. And you will be stunned at how creative you’ll be able to get with them. Incorporating this DIY Project can make the fun holiday Advent Calendar tradition even more special. Whether you want something completely kitschy, on trend with your decor, or something a bit more elevated, you will find it in this collection of our favourite DIY advent calendar ideas.

Pretty table top

We really like the natural and simplistic look of this combination –  it is very beautiful too which is a win. Get the tutorial from Miss Mouse 

Bag it up

This advent calendar is definitely the prettiest a bunch of paper bags ever could look. We love the colour coordination and grid layout. Get the tutorial at Tell Love and Party.


Make It Out of Wood

Here’s another great DIY advent calendar brought to us by Sugar and Charm. You’ll just need some plywood, small tin cans, and a hot glue gun (and then goodies, of course).

Hang Your Stockings

These adorable mini stockings would be a perfect garland for your mantel or handrail. Get the tutorial at The Crafted Life.

Bright pop of colour 

Looking for something bright and not traditional? Resenes shows us how to add more than one pop of colour to your Christmas advent calendar 

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Paint a Christmas tree on plywood and from the painted tree hang metal clips to hang sheets of paper for each day with instructions on what to do along with a photo. Created by Sarah Hearts 

Console Table Display

Fill little baggies with the treat of your choice, fold them over, write the date in white chalk on black paper, and then attach the pieces of paper with a clothes pin. It’s the perfect holiday decor for a console table in the entry.

Sock it to ‘em

The Homes to love team show you how to keep the kids entertained while creating some festive buzz with this DIY advent calendar. This is a great example of not using traditional festive colours and going with your own Decor style. Another bonus is that you can wear the socks when you’re done!


That’s A Wrap

How much fun would it be to unwrap these mini presents every day? Even if every morning can’t be Christmas morning, you can at least get a taster for the first twenty four days of December. Get the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks.

Advent Calendar for the grown ups 

While typically advent calendars are aimed for children, this advent calendar is perfect for adults who want to make the most of the holiday season. For the 24 days until Christmas, there is an activity card of something fun to do that is Christmas themed. Full tutorial here.


TOP TIP FROM THE HOME SHOW TEAM: You don’t have to fill the calendar with chocolates or lollies (maybe some days). Try some of these fun items that will be just as well received… after-all even big kids get into the silly season!!!

  • Special Christmas tree ornaments
  • Decorations for kids to ‘Chrismas-a-fy’ their rooms. ie window decals or mini trees.
  • Christmas socks
  • Water balloons – the joys of a summer Christmas
  • Bubble Wands
  • Festive stationary items like pens, pencils and notepads (ideal for Christmas lists)
  • Silly Christmas hats or dress up items
  • Christmas jokes
  • Family fun trips – like going to see the Christmas lights



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