Simple DIY Advent Calendars to Count Down to Christmas
Not that anyone's counting but...
Keep it simple
There’s no better evidence of beauty in simplicity than this sophisticated Advent calendar, using a plain black band around basic boxes. Your family will get excited by the insides, which you can stuff with treats or suggestions for family activities. Find out how to make one from Sally J Shim.
Pleased as punch
Your kids will have a blast punching through tissue paper circles to get to the treats hiding behind them. Head over to Studio DIY to get the directions.
Have no shame in your takeout obsession. This adorable Advent calendar is made from unused takeout boxes. Learn more from Studio DIY.
Fold metallic paper into geometric shapes for a modern display you’ll want to keep up even after all the Christmas cookies are gone. Find out more from Sanae Ishida.
In the bag
Plain paper bags look striking with this white-on-white color scheme. Complete your Advent calendar with some clothespins and puff paint. Head over to A Merry Mishap to find out more.
Put a lid on it
Stick your countdown pieces in a jar to make a show of pulling each one out. As a bonus, the felt balls turn into simple ornaments for your tree once you’ve pulled them out. Find out how to make one at Poppytalk.
Chalk it up
There’s no wrapping necessary for this Advent calendar made of chalkboard boxes, and the black makes it stand out from your typical green and red. Find out how to make one from Hank and Hunt.
Light up the night
Channel usual Advent candles with numbered luminaries. As the days get closer to Christmas, you’ll get a warmer glow. Learn how to make one from Design, Dining and Diapers.
From hand to toe
Felt mittens and stockings make a cozy Christmas countdown to hang above the mantel or on a wall. Visit My House of Giggles for the full instructions.