The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). Continue Reading

63 DIY Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

A DIY advent calendar is the perfect way to bring tradition and beautiful holiday decor into your home for the Christmas season. We scoured the web for our favorites – Scandinavian-inspired, modern, inventive, and colorful – so we hope you find one to make with your family this year! 


15 Scandinavian-Inspired Advent Calendar Ideas

Scandinavian DIY advent calendar roundup

It's almost December, which means it's time to bust out your diy advent calendar! Here are 15 Scandinavian-inspired DIY options to try this year.     Continue Reading

40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

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5. DIY Rustic Advent Candles

6. Branch and Tube Candle Display

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Roundup: 14 Colorful and Modern DIY Advent Calendars

Yesterday I shared 15 Scandinavian-inspired advent calendars and today I’m back with 14 more, but this time I’ve rounded up projects for the color and design-loving set. Check out these playful, modern advent calendar ideas below.      

1. Modern Wire Advent Calendar from My Dubio

2. Colorful Paper Ornament Tree Advent Calendar from Curbly

3. Iron-On Advent Calendar Bags from Oh Happy Day

4. DIY Scratch-Off Advent Calendar from Rae Ann Kelly

5. DIY Lattice Advent Calendar from The Proper Pinwheel

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Roundup: 14 Modern DIY Advent Calendars and Holiday Countdown Projects

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I'll be honest, I prefer that my DIY projects and crafts be heavy on the modern side of things. Sometimes it's hard to find ideas that are easy to make, affordable, and super contemporary. BUT! It can be done! Even the most ubiquitous Christmas craft, the advent calendar, can be turned into an aesthetically pleasing design object. Here are 14 examples that are sure to fit in with modern homes of all types!     

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1. Craft Box Pin Board Advent Calendar

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How To: Washi Wrapped Advent Candles

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I love the Scandinavian duo Dos Family. I stopped by this week and spotted Isabella’s wacky advent light post and just had to share it with you.

I love how it moves away from the traditional red, green and white and adds a whimsical pop of color and pattern, a great way to bring an accent into your home over the festive season.

See more at Pimp Your Electric Advent Lights With Washi [Dos Family]



Make It: DIY Advent Calendar

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The days are counting down before December hits. Seven more days until December 1st. Do you have an advent calendar ready to go yet?    

diy advent calendar

Here’s a unique way to count down the days until Christmas with a stenciled bag display from The Marion House Book. Each bag holds a tiny ornament to put on the tree as you get closer and closer to Christmas cheer. I love this idea. What about you?

How To: Make A Mini-Tree Advent Calendar

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You still have a few days to get your advent calendars together for the Holiday season!  Here is one to add to the ideas we rounded up already that doesn’t take too much prep work, and is adorable beyond words to boot.  

Dreamy calligraphy numbers stuck into little mini trees- such a simple idea, but what a fun display!  Each tree is stuck to a paper box containing a daily treat or activity too.

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This forest of advent goodness can be found on O Happy Day, and even comes with a free printable template for the calligraphy flags.  Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 DIY Advent Calendar and Holiday Countdown Ideas

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It seems as though every year is a foot race, with holidays paced out evenly throughout… until the mad final sprint to the finish line with three major holidays right in a row.  That is why it is never too early to start prepping for that great gift-giving time of year.  Here is a roundup of 10 Advent ideas to help you in all your early preparation!  

1.  Magnetic Tin Advent, from Twig and Thistle. Continue Reading

Holiday How-To: Matchbook Advent Calendar.

Sure, you’re three days behind, and it’ll take a bit of effort to scrounge up the twenty-five matchbooks…but, how can you say “No” to this advent calendar by Sweet Paul!?

“I made this advent calendar for Country Living.Its made of matchboxes and some scraps of paper. Just hot glue the tops of empty boxes to one another so you get rows. The bottom should be 9 and decrease by two until you have a single box.Cut wrapping paper to cover each row, secure with hot glue. Continue Reading