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24 DIY Advent Calendars
Last year, a family member sent us one of those little chocolate advent calendars that you can buy at any grocery store for about $2. I didn’t think my 16-month-old daughter would have a clue about what it was for or remember it from day to day, but she proved me wrong!
She loved that thing and really got into a lot of the Christmas activity. This year, I won’t underestimate her and we’re using several advent calendars to make every day fun (and help keep her entertained as we adjust to life with a new baby).
Advent calendars are just such a fun way to make December fun on a daily basis for a toddler. Here are 24 DIY advent calendars that I absolutely love – some of them are very elaborate, while others you could throw together in an hour or less:
Shipping Tag Advent Calendar
This easy calendar looks amazing on the wall and really adds some pizazz to your holiday decor.
Fabric Bag Advent Calendar
So simple and easy for little hands to maneuver!
Clothespin Advent Calendar
I love this simple project and the fact that you can clip on ornaments, cards, candies, or tiny packages.
Book Advent Calendar
What could be better than introducing your toddler to favorite Christmas stories? One every night means at least a little time cuddling together every day in December!
Punch Board Advent
What baby could resist punching through the paper and finding a toy or treat on the other side? Not mine!
Tree Advent Calendar
I love this simple little paper forest, and little hands will love picking them up to reveal a surprise underneath each one.
Printable Paper Chain
This advent calendar has more than enough activities to last you through 24 days of December, so you can select the ones that best fit your child’s abilities and interests.
Snowflake Advent Calendar
I think this is so beautiful! I love an advent calendar that doubles as a gorgeous holiday decoration.
Not only will your child loving pulling open these little pinatas, but they look so festive and happy hanging up during December!
Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar
The pockets on this re-purposed shoe organizer means you’ll have plenty of room for treats and gifts of any size!
Magnetic Tin Advent Calendar
I love the challenge of finding tiny treats and toys to go in these little magnetic tins – tiny treats for tiny children!
Paper Bag Advent
This simple idea has such visual impact and costs almost nothing to make!
Stained Glass Advent Calendar
I love how sleek and colorful this looks on the front, and your toddler will love the tiny treats hidden behind each window!
Minamalist Box Advent Calendar
Just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t have something modern and crisp for an advent calender!
Toilet Paper Advent Countdown
Save your toilet paper rolls and re-purpose them into this darling advent garland!
Snowmen Advent Garland
It doesn’t get cuter or more creative than these tiny little snowmen strung together in a garland.
Modern Tree Advent Calendar
I love the simplicity and elegance of this one.
Photo Chain Calendar
Use saved Christmas cards or photos of family members to make this personal and fun for your little baby to interact with!
Spool Advent Calendar
This has the look of a holiday tradition even the first year you pull it out. So pretty!
Matchbox Advent Calendar
These tiny matchboxes can all be stacked together into a little table display of their own. And I know my toddler would love stacking and restacking them throughout the holidays.
Embroidered Felt Advent Calendar
I love the mix of traditional and modern here and how many ways there are to use it!
Falling Star Advent
This is beautiful and just right for a baby’s first (or second) Christmas!