5 DIY Advent Calendars to Try This Year


The countdown to Christmas is on! Lights are being strung, Christmas trees are being decorated, and best of all — you can treat yourself to your annual advent calendar! If you’re looking for something other than a traditional chocolate calendar, try your hand at making a personalized one that is made by you!

Whether you have little ones counting the days until Santa’s arrival, or are a kid at heart, we’ve rounded up some creative and fun DIY advent calendar ideas that will surely get you into the holiday spirit.

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1. DIY Flair Christmas Calendar

Enamel pins have been all the rave this year. If you’re on board with this trend, this super easy DIY Flair Advent Calendar is the perfect way to get pumped up for Christmas. Once you’ve uncovered all 25, you can pin them to a jean jacket, backpack or even your Christmas stocking!

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2. Clay Tag Advent Calendar

This beautiful Clay Tag Advent Calendar is a simple way to countdown the days until Christmas, and can be reused for years to come. The tags can also double as a great Christmas gift for newlyweds who are spending their first Christmas together.

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3. DIY Takeout Box Advent Calendar

We don’t recommend saving all your Chinese takeout containers to make this colourful DIY Takeout Box Advent Calendar, but filling new ones you pick up at your local craft store is a good place to start! Why not throw in a gift card for your favourite restaurant or coffee shop to keep up with the theme?

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4. DIY Party Cup Advent Calendar

There ain’t no party like a Christmas party! Grab a pack of festive holiday cups and get to making this party-worthy advent calendar. You can even turn it into an adult-only calendar by hiding tiny bottles of liquor inside to make a new Christmas cocktail each day.

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5. DIY Pantone Box Advent Calendar

Any colour enthusiast can appreciate a bright Pantone colour swatch and if that includes you, you’re probably not only counting down the days to Christmas but the days until Pantone reveals their colour of the year! Celebrate all things colour with this DIY Pantone Box Advent Calendar.

Look for our Makeful Advent DIY video coming next week! Until then, show us your DIY advent calendars by tagging us on social @BeMakeful