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Five Easy DIY Advent Calendars You Can Make at Home

The festive season is around the corner, and what better way to ramp up the excitement than with a handmade easy DIY advent calendar?

A Short History of Advent Calendars

Four Advent Candles With Christmas Foliage

Before diving into our wonderful DIY advent calendar ideas, let's have a short sleigh ride through the rich history behind this beloved Christmas tradition. The concept of the advent calendar dates back to the mid-19th century. Originating in Germany, it served as a means for Christians to count down the days leading to Christmas, starting from the first day of Advent. The term 'Advent' is derived from the Latin word 'Adventus,' which means 'arrival,' signifying the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

Early versions of advent calendars were simple, often involving lighting a candle or marking walls for each day leading up to Christmas. With time, these practices evolved, giving birth to the more tangible forms of calendars we recognize today. By the early 20th century, printed advent calendars became popular, with small doors hiding illustrations or Bible verses. The post-WWII era saw an innovation in these calendars, with chocolates and toys becoming the standard surprise behind each door.

Today, advent calendars stand as a testament to both religious observance and the joy of festive anticipation. Their enduring popularity signifies the human penchant for rituals and the simple joys of daily surprises leading up to a significant event.

You don't need to be a crafting guru to create your own Advent Calendar; all you need is a touch of creativity and a sprinkle of holiday spirit.

We've curated five of the best easy DIY advent calendars that you can easily craft at home, ensuring a memorable countdown to Christmas!

1. Christmas Lights Paper Advent Calendar

Paper Advent Calendar Garland

Inspired by The House That Lars Built, this calendar captures the essence of festive lights. Utilizing colorful papers shaped like bulbs, you can hide little treats or notes inside each one. Hang them in a string across your living room, and you'll have a merry and bright decoration, ready to light up your December mornings.

2. DIY Christmas Tree Forest Advent Calendar

Glass bottle with Christmas Tree Decoration

Embrace the Christmas tree theme a bit early with this project from Your DIY Family. This Christmas tree forest is an elegant and meaningful way to countdown to Christmas. It’s not only functional but also serves as a delightful piece of holiday decor for your wall.

3. Easy DIY Burlap Sack Advent Calendar

DIY Burlap Sack Advent Calendar Hanging From Topiary

For those who prefer rustic charm, this easy burlap sack DIY advent calendar is perfect. Label each sack with a day of December leading up to Christmas, and fill them with goodies. You can hang them in a line or even make a burlap tree on a wall. The texture and look of burlap give a warm and cozy touch to the holiday season.

4. DIY Clock Advent Calendar

DIY Clock Advent Calendar Hanging Above Christmas Mantel

Time flies when you're having fun, especially during the festive season. Why not keep track with an innovative clock advent calendar? This idea, inspired by Thrifty and Chic, uses a wooden clock design where each hour signifies a day of December. It's a beautiful and functional piece that'll keep you ticking closer to Christmas Day.

5. Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar

DIY Toilet Paper Advent Calendar

Reduce, reuse, and recycle this festive season! Gather those empty toilet paper rolls, and transform them into an eco-friendly advent calendar. Decorate each roll with festive patterns, number them, and stash your treats inside. Arrange them in the shape of a tree or a star on a wall or board, and voila! You've crafted an eco-conscious calendar while doing your bit for the environment.

You've got all the inspiration you need to start crafting. Remember, it's not just about the treats inside but the love and effort you put into creating something special. So roll up your sleeves and let the holiday crafting begin. Before you know it, you'll be counting down the days in style, eagerly awaiting the joys of Christmas.

Short on time? Don't miss out on the festive spirit! Explore Tinsel Toes' delightful range of advent calendars and make your countdown to Christmas truly magical.


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