Christmas decoration ideas

Self-made advent calendars in five variations to imitate


The holiday season has officially started! It is never too early to think about the right decorations for the winter season. The advent calendar is an absolute must for the Christmas season. A beautiful tradition that is appreciated by both children and adults. We offer you 5 ideas for homemade advent calendars, that are easy to imitate.

Ideas for self-made advent calendars

advent calendar boxes cardboard plastic animal toys

self-made advent calendar plastic animal toy paint white

advent calendar tinker cardboard boxes animal toys red nose

Laurel from A bubbly life has designed a “wild” advent calendar with plastic animal toys from a second-hand shop. With a white spray paint and a cute bobble nose these are transformed into the perfect Christmas decor. You can fill the small cardboard boxes with sweets and, if you are hosting a party, give them to your guests.

Marie-Laure’s self-made advent calendar

advent calendar tinker idea doily cut glue

Marie-Laure from La Maison de Loulou  has designed an advent calendar that combines fine details with a simple design. The cardboard jewelry boxes get a second life with this clever idea. To give the box a festive flair, each box is decorated with a piece of doily. If you don’t have boxes then you can make your own by finding free templates online.

round metal cans with a magnet on the back

homemade advent calendar imitating round metal boxes magnet

homemade advent calendar metal cans round magnet

This advent calendar from Twig & Thistle is a great project with round metal cans. The magnetic back allows you to rearrange your calendars as the time passes until Christmas. And they are perfect for small sweets and candies. When Christmas is over, you can keep these tins until next December or use them to organize stationery items like paper clips and pins.

colorful take-out boxes

tinker advent calendar brightly colored take out boxes fold

homemade advent calendar take out boxes colorful

If you are a fan of the bright colors, then this self-made advent calendar is from Kelly perfect for you. This take-out box advent calendar does not contain any of the traditional red and green colors. The flat cardboard surface offers the possibility to easily stick the digits on it. Play around with different fonts and sizes for a fun, eclectic look. If you want to personalize the boxes, you can also use the names of the family members for specific days.

Mini clay pots in red and white

homemade advent calendar, small clay pots, red and white burlap

advent calendar small clay pots red white tree decorations ball

Although these clay pots, used by Alix from A Riffled Life, are small, you make a big impression. Use a touch-up pencil, brush, or even nail polish to paint the digits on it. So that curious children can’t see what’s in the clay pots, they hide the sweets in sackcloth.