80+ Fun, Fast and Frugal Christmas Advent Calendars
Adding an advent calendar to your holiday traditions is a fun and festive way to build excitement and enjoy the season with your family. But advent calendars can become quite the production – from getting all the materials, to putting it all together, to actually sticking to the countdown during an already hectic time. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Want to DIY your own advent calendar, with no fuss or muss and without breaking the bank? Here are 80+ fabulous countdowns to Christmas – broken down into varying levels of DIY-ability and ease of use. Find inspiration for your next DIY Christmas advent calendar and get ready for the Christmas season now!
80+ Fun, Fast and Frugal Christmas Advent Calendars
Probably the easiest way to incorporate your advent calendar is to just put it on the tree! You’re going to decorate your Christmas tree anyway, so use clothespins to attach tags with numbers on the front and activities on the back on some of the branches while you’re at it. Done!
Here’s a tree of a different sort, and it’s delicious! Grab some cookies from Ikea (they come with holes to use as ornaments!) Use icing to write the numbers and ribbon to hang from a tree or branch. Now just eat a cookie a day!
Post-It’s make a great calendar, since each one is already a box. Just decorate one side and write an activity on the sticky side, then stick them to the wall in a grid shape. You could even skip the activity part if you want to make it even easier and just pull one down each day.
Your advent calendar can double as beautiful Christmas decor! This free printable includes circles for each day – with the look of hand-brushed writing and botanicals and a lovely color pallet, it’s a super pretty way to countdown the days. Just print, cut and attach to string. It’s that easy.
Seems like just about everyone has a shoe organizer laying around. You can get fancy and decorate it or just shove some little gifts in tissue paper in each pocket, then number them. Either way is pretty simple!
This clever idea is perfect for kids. Take two packs of gum in the slip out envelope packs (like Eclipse), decorate the outside or not, and number the foil side of each individual gum window. Each day, the kids can pop out a piece of gum while keeping track of how many days until Christmas!
Such a cute idea for the week leading up to Christmas – this version was created for a back to school countdown, but it easily translates to any holiday. There are 7 boxes with flip lids, so you countdown each day for a week. This shortened version of the advent may be more appealing to you, or you could use it in conjunction with the normal calendar you do!
This is the easiest, most kid-friendly idea I’ve seen! If your family has a collection of Duplos, you can use the mini people to create this fun advent with the free printable and straws! So quick and doable!
This is a great idea, because it uses scraps of fabric – any kind at all – which you likely already have on-hand. Just cut them into circles, put the treat in the middle, gather it up and tie with twine. Hang from a branch with ornament hooks!
This whimsical advent is made using the free printable templates provided – just print out the colorful envelopes and put them together, fill with goodies, then hang on string from a dowel or branch and you’ve got a perfect, colorful, fun and cheerful advent!
Pop some magnets on the back of small white boxes and, amazingly, you’ve got an advent calendar! Really, that’s all it takes. Put them on your fridge in a cute design and let your kids pick them off day by day. You could decorate them super cute, as on Lemon Thistle, but it’s not required.
Those cute little sour cream containers you rip open to use? You can make them yourself! Better yet, all you need is wrapping paper and double sided tape! Hang them on the tree for ornaments, or string them along a garland. So cute and easy!
If you can clip a mini envelope to a ribbon or twine, you can make this advent calendar! Decorate the envelopes to your taste (or don’t, they’re already cute) then hang ribbon vertically on the wall. Clip and enjoy!
Instead of an advent beginning on December 1st, cut yourself a little slack and start just 12 days before Christmas. Include goodies and and activity in each stocking for double the fun. If you’re often overwhelmed with 25 full days of advent calendar countdown, this is the perfect solution. (Use store-bought stockings to make this DIY even more doable.)
To make a candle advent calendar, you just measure every inch or so on a long taper, then use a paint pen to make marks and numbers. Each day, light the candle down to the current number then blow out. Easy and cheap to make!
If you’ve got a framed chalkboard at your house, you’ve got a countdown all ready to go. Just make a grid and write the numbers! You can make it fancy too, just check out these tips for great chalk art!
Here’s an idea that take literally no effort, but makes a huge impact. Every day add an item to a basket – non-perishable food, toiletries, etc. – and then donate it to a shelter, food bank or family in need.