DIY Advent Calendars

DIY Advent Calendars

You can buy your advent calendar or spend an evening crafting your heart out on a homemade version. Whatever you do, a Christmas countdown is a must!

When it comes to DIY – first, assess what you already have on hand. No need to spend buckets of money. I promise, your children will be excited to countdown no matter what your project entails. Second, don’t do it alone! Whether you rally your kids to join you in your crafting efforts or plan a mom’s only DIY night – there’s no need to craft solo. Pop in a Christmas movie or turn on some jolly holiday tunes and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 12.08.32 AM Craftberry Bush

Who would have thought dixie cups could be transformed to something so darling!

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 12.10.07 AMLa Classe Della Maestra Valentina

This DIY is in Spanish, but even if you don’t read Spanish well you’ll be able to easily follow this project’s steps while encouraging your little one to practice their cutting skills.

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Magnetic containers holding tiny treasures and holiday activity prompts.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 12.13.34 AMCasa di Falcone

Washi tape and newspaper have never looked so pretty.

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Advent in a jar – how cute and tiny!

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Start collecting your toilet paper rolls – these are a must make for advent this year!

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 12.33.04 AMOh Happy Day

I’d love to see this little forest in my home to celebrate the countdown to Christmas!

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Christmas tree trimmings can easily morph into a beautifully styled advent calendar.

Will you be DIY-ing your advent calendar this year? Share your plans so we can copy your creativity 🙂

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


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