I don’t remember advent calendars when I was little. They may have been around but I don’t think that they were as popular as they are now. Am I wrong?
Anyway the first memory that I have of an advent calendar is seeing the commercial ones in the supermarket. You know the ones where you open the tab up each day and get a chocolate! I think I was past getting excited about a small chocolate treat by then – so I never had one :(.
Now advent calendars are about so much more than just getting a simple treat each day in the lead up to Christmas. I don’t know if you have looked around for advent calendar inspiration but they can be almost like works of art nowadays!
I just love that the advent calendars can contain simple notes instead of material things. Don’t get me wrong getting a small gift each day is great, but there is enough pressure to buy cool gifts for Christmas without having to come up with a small one each day during the lead up!
I have seen quite a few advent calendar ideas lately on Pinterest and many of them can be used to house little reminders of the real meaning of Christmas. Let’s face it we get so worried about buying gifts and preparing for the big day that we can lose site of the real meaning.
Little prompts to remind us to take time out to help others, look out for our neighbours, or just relax and be happy can be really useful during the Christmas rush.
I have put together a collection of ten of my favourite advent calendars that I have come across over the last couple of weeks. The beauty of these is that most are so easy to make and just use items recycled from your everyday items.
If you want the full instructions I have included a link and a Pinterest pin so you can re-pin it for later.
I absolutely love the first one from Erlend at Morning Creativity. He hangs beautifully simple brown paper triangles on a branch. These can be filled with special thoughts, activity ideas or whatever notes you like – and they look great!
Simple but very elegant!
I have had a go at making this calendar and this one would be my first choice if you need to make a note based advent calendar in a hurry. When you have all the materials needed (thankfully I did!) then you can make this up in around an hour.
Other great advent calendars can be made up using recycled materials such as toilet paper rolls.
This one from casaHAUS was very easy to make and could hold a small gift. The website is in Spanish but each calendar idea has a short English description also.
Erland at Morning Creativity also has an advent calendar made from toilet rolls. It would hold notes or light gifts and is arranged in a cute house shape.
This simple advent calendar from the Woman’s Day website is also made from toilet paper rolls. One end is sealed, and then the rolls are decorated and hung from lace – very pretty!
I love this take-out box advent calendar idea from Kelly at Studio DIY. These boxes look so cool and being bigger you can add larger gifts if you want to!
If you have leftover baby food jars – don’t recycle them yet! Use them to hold treats for your advent calendar like Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous did. Such a great idea!
Here is another advent calendar idea that can be made using just scraps of paper. Jessica at Bespoke Bride used some gorgeous Christmas paper to make envelopes for her calendar.
Leftover wooden dowel also makes a great structure to hang your advent calendar gifts on. The one below from Anu at Nalle’s House is very simple but effective using dowel and black felt star pouches.
If you have some chalkboard paint lying around you can make this super cool advent calendar from Oh Happy Day. These lovely little boxes could be arranged however you like.
Finally if you don’t mind a small amount of wood work and want a tree themed calendar then this forest advent calendar from Rach at love from ginger would look awesome. This is one that I will be trying in the future!
Well I hope that I have helped to point you in the right direction for advent calendar ideas!
Feel free to share some other great advent calendar idea links in the comments section below!