7 beautiful advent calendar ideas

Homemade advent calendar

I have always loved advent calendars – a present everyday? What’s not to love?! There is something so magical about it – waking up on a frosty morning and having a little treat to start the day – it’s mazin. And whether you’re celebrating Chanukah, Christmas, or just the holiday season in general, the concept of this and the joy it elicits is universal.

So, here are some of my favourite ideas for home-made advent calendars, and if you’d like to have a crack at any of them yourself, keep your eyes peeled for the picture links so you can pick up the bits and bobs you need.

What you pop inside your advent calendar… well, that is entirely up to you…

Paper bag advent calendar

Home made advent calendar

Found on http://norskeinteriorblogger.no

Hessian bag keepsake advent calendar

Found on http://www.themarionhousebook.com/blog/diy-advent-calendar?rq=advent

Found on http://www.themarionhousebook.com

Mini Christmas Tree advent calendar

Found on Oh Happy Day

Found on Oh Happy Day

Countdown to Christmas advent calendar

Found on

Found on Mailebelles

Christmas Peg advent calendar

Homemade advent calendar

Found on www.iheartnaptime.net

Tiny trinket boxes advent calendar

Found on www.whateverdeedeewants.com

Found on www.whateverdeedeewants.com

Secret envelope advent calendar

Found on http://fewthingsfrommylife.blogspot.co.uk

Found on http://fewthingsfrommylife.blogspot.co.uk

Or, if you really have no time to make the calendar but like the idea of creating your own… I love this one from John Lewis…

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I’m still deciding which one to make!

Which one will you go for?

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  1. Ellie Swinton

    Wow, what a collection of original ideas! The peg one is my favourite. Puts my boring paper one to shame! Thanks for sharing xx

  2. Love them all! Very creative and original ways to keep things interesting with the “normal” advent calender. The trinket boxes might have to be my favourite as well as the last one from John Lewis.
    Have you decided on the one you’re going to make?

  3. I love the mini tree one

  4. kelly fabian

    Lovely photos, lots of inspiration to personalise the Christmas season.

  5. Stephanie Canham

    My kids are older now but still love an advent calendar and these homemade ones are amazing, they love chocolate ones but who’s to say you cant stuff them with trinkets AND chocs!!!
    Great post

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