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Advent Calendar Ideas

Yesterday, I realized we are halfway through November. If you are going to do a little advent calendar this is the time to order the supplies to be ready for December 1. Here are the advent calendar ideas we’ve done in the past. We have a tradition of doing a little Christmas-y activity for each day before Christmas. Things like go ice skating or hang mistletoe or make spiced cider. So the advent calendar is a big deal in our house. Find the instructions and supply lists below. (I think the mini tree one is my favorite.)

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Here’s what you need:

1. Mini Tree Advent Calendar – 25 Mini Pine Trees, 25 2″ Brown BoxesFree Downloadable TemplateQuick Dry Tacky Glue, Scissors
2. Chalkboard Advent Calendar – Chalkboard Spray Paint25 2″ Boxes, Chalk, Ribbon
3. Advent Calendar Iron On – Iron-On Transfer Paper6″x4″ Cotton Muslin Bags, Iron, Printer
4. Printable Advent Calendar – Printable
5. Holiday Box Advent Calendar – 24 3×3″ Boxes (bigger is alright if you don’t mind a border), Tape, Scissors, Printout
6. Giant Advent Calendar – 1.25″ White Wool Felt Numbers, 3″ Wool Felt Circles, 2 yards printed Christmas tree fabric from Ikea, Thread, Sewing Needle, Scissors and Two 62″ Wooden Dowels

And if you need ideas for objects to put in your calendar, here are a bunch of things that I like to include.

  1. Valerie | Lily on Fillmore

    November 14, 2013

    These are all so wonderful, but my favorite is the min-tree advent calendar! So creative and charming.


  2. Nina

    November 14, 2013

    We actually do the last one but instead of stuffers, we have little ornaments in numbered bags. It’s not like the kids need more stuff, and they get it in their stocking anyway. And at the end they have decorated their own advents tree :-)


    November 14, 2013

    the first one is really nice!! they are really originals ideas!!!

  4. Jesse

    November 14, 2013

    oh i really want to do something like this for attticus this year! thanks for sharing:)

  5. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    November 14, 2013

    I actually adopted the idea of an activity advent calendar from you a couple years ago. It helps to make the season extra merry. Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Meredith McKinnon

    November 14, 2013

    they have this one now at IKEA that glows at night!

  7. Mary

    November 14, 2013

    Love love love the first advent calendar!
    I’m going to Los Angeles at the end of November and want to purchase the trees (have looked in Melbourne, Australia and can’t find them!) so would like to know where you purchased yours from please.

  8. Chelsea

    November 14, 2013

    I’d love to try out the mini tree advent calendar this year!

  9. Jessica Lynette

    November 14, 2013

    cute ideas! I am working on a Lego themed one for my Lego loving boys {} just waiting for the inspiration to strike as to how to label each door! These images are inspiring!

  10. Autumn Duke

    November 14, 2013

    Oh, I love all of these ideas! They are all so cute and creative. How in the world can I choose just one? Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. LaryTales

    November 15, 2013

    I love 1 and 4! Super cute!

  12. Jessica

    November 15, 2013

    Oh my! These are adorable. The holiday box one is so modern and sweet. It would be perfect in our home. I also saw a really sweet one on a blog called A Bubbly Life. Similar to the trees but animals with red noses. So fun for kids, I think. Here is the link in case anyone wants another cute idea:

  13. Lindsay

    November 15, 2013

    While this looks like a project that’s a teensy bit ambitious for me it’s a great idea and wonderful way to get the family into the Christmas spirit. Thanks for the idea!

  14. Kristen Genevieve

    November 15, 2013

    Such unique ideas! This is giving me ideas for creating an advent calendar that’s baby/toddler friendly for my niece… Thanks for the inspiration!
    xo kristen genevieve

    sunny bloglovin

  15. Birdy& Bambi

    November 15, 2013

    Wow- the mini trees look amazing!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Have an amazing weekend:

    Bambi and Birdy

  16. Sophie

    November 16, 2013

    Wow! They’re really cool, I’ve never actually made an advent calendar but I think I’m finally gong to try it out.

  17. Dorothee

    November 18, 2013

    I love the mini tree advent calendar as well and was really surprised to see an almost identical one in the current print version of the German magazine “lecker” – it was all there the trees, the boxes, the white sign with the drawn number. The only addition was some powdered snow and glitter on the trees. Sadly, I couldn’t find it yet on their site or I would have sent it. They did not link to your site and I just wanted to let you know that your ideas seem to have crossed the ocean.

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