Advent Calendar Inspiration and Ideas

It’s that time of year again. 

Advent Calendar Time

Time to pull out the Advent calendar and fill it will goodness. In our house this is a tradition we have had since the boys were tiny. We have an advent calendar that we got from Target after Christmas one year that has served us well. I never even thought of making my own until I recently saw a friend write about a DIY advent calendar she was working on. So I went on a hunt to see if I could find

10 creative and unique DIY advent calendars.

DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

Although we will not be making our advent calendar this year… these sure do entice me to. I especially like the robot calendar from Next to Nicx. I know Legoman would love this one.

  1. Morning Creativity: Paper Roll Christmas Calendar 
    • I love how this uses paper towel rolls, yet looks so “professional”
  2. DIY Network: Now Sew Advent Calendar Bags
    • Anytime I can make something without sewing, I am a happy momma.
  3. Destination Craft: Muffin Tin Advent Calendar
    • I never would have thought of using a muffin tin for an advent calendar. I love how it is so simple.
  4. Next to Nicx: Robot Advent Calendar
    • By far my absolute favorite. This one entices me to create a DIY advent calendar. I know both my boys would love something like this.
  5. Mr. Printables: Christmas Street Advent Calendar
    • This one reminds me of all the little cities I would make with my students when we learned about communities. Bones would really like this one.
  6. Studio DIY: Punch Box Advent Calendar
    • Who wouldn’t want to punch this day after day?
  7. Canadian Living: Christmas Elf Advent Calendar
    • Bones loves playing with anything tiny and anything Christmas. This would be a great addition.
  8. Monkey Choa: Pinata Advent Calendar
    • Wow! How awesome would this be?
  9. Design Sponge: Falling Stars Advent Calendar
    • I love the nature element in this one. Seems so simple, yet so elegant.
  10.  Oh Happy Day: Mini Tree Advent Calendars
    • I don’t have a place to display this one, but it makes me smile every time I look at it.

About 2 weeks before Thanksgiving the boys start to ask when the Advent calendar will be making its appearance. In the past, I have been uncreative and just added a Hershey Kiss in each door. Last year I became frustrated with this part of the tradition, as I didn’t really want the boys eating candy EVERY DAY until Christmas.

So last week, I sat down with the boys and asked them for 25 of their wishes. What do they wish we could do together as a family? What memory would they want to make? What exploration do they want to do? This coincides really well with our first week of homeschool because the children are interested and eager to try many new crafts and explorations.

Our Very Own Advent Calendar Activity List

My plan is to come back to this list after we complete each activity and link to a post about what we did and instructions if any are needed. My plan is to type this list onto small pieces of paper and insert them into the calendar randomly. After finishing our list, I couldn’t help but research what other people like to do for their activities since this is only our first year adding this to our traditions. I found the following lists extremely helpful…

10 Advent Calendar Activity Lists

Advent Activity ideas


What do you add to your Advent Calendar? Do you make your own or fill a pre-made one? I would love to know.

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  1. Wendy says

    Hi Dayna! I commented on your Facebook post making sure it’s ok with us if you reference Sarah’s Advent post. I thought I’d comment here as well, though, just to be sure you see one or the other of my messages. :) You have our site listed as “Hip School Mom” above in your list. The correct name of the site is “Hip Homeschool Moms.” I just wanted to let you know and to ask you if you will please correct it. Thanks so much!

  2. Meg Sluyter says

    Found your post on the Newbie Bloggers Club. I really like how you used activities instead of treats or candy, such a great idea. And thanks for sharing the ones you used too. :)

    • Lemon Lime Adventures says

      Thank you so much for all your kind words. We are a bit behind on our advent calendar due to kiddos getting sick and splitting time with Mr. X. But I hope to update this list with posts from our advent adventures…Keep checking back, or stop by facebook and follow for updates :)

  3. Natalie says

    We have always made a simple DIY calendar by wrapping up candy in colorful tissue paper and hanging them up. This year my husband (he is a crafty one in our family) sewed up felt pouches (they are in my Afterschool Advent Roundup post). We are OK with daughter eating a candy every day, she does it anyway as a breakfast dessert, but this year we also inserted occasional “coupons”, especially for Sundays. I quite like your idea of asking children about their special wishes and trying to incorporate theirs into the calendar!

    • Lemon Lime Adventures says

      Just starting homeschooling, this worked great because they are always asking “today can we..” I can’t fit it all in, I need some sort of schedule. The advent let me spread it out. I think I might do something for the other months too, what do you think?


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