Homemade Advent Calendars

We have lots of ideas for homemade DIY advent calendars and advent calendar crafts for kids of all ages. Make this Advent special by making your own advent calendar! We've got plenty of ideas for filling homemade advent calendars, too.

Once you have made your advent calendar, all you have to do is find some little treats and ideas for filling them. If you are stuck for inspiration, we've got plenty of ideas for filling home-made advent calendars to get you started! You will also find enough Advent activity ideas to fill up a good few Advents and lots of Advent Calendar Printables too!

Homemade Advent Calendars for Kids to Make

These advent calendars are extra-special, of course, because the kids have made them themselves - although there is no reason you couldn't adapt some of these advent calendar craft ideas to make a more adult version that you can bring out for the kids to enjoy year after year. Of just make it a children's craft project in late November. Older children could make and fill an advent calendar for younger siblings, perhaps?

24 Christmas Stockings Printable

24 Christmas Stockings Printable

There are so many ways you can use these cheerful Christmas stockings! Make a DIY Advent Calendar, hang a double-sided banner, use as money or gift card pockets, put up a Christmas number line to 25, make colourful labels for presents, play a pairs matching game, decorate the classroom ...

Advent Activities for Families

Advent Activities for Families

Advent is a lovely way to extend the Christmas period and make some real memories for your children, especially if you start your own Advent traditions and build on them every year.

Advent Banner

Advent Banner

This Advent Banner is a very clever idea - a mixture of a banner and advent calendar, as well as a potato printing activity, a painting activity, and a cutting and colouring activity! That makes it an advent calendar craft that ticks a lot of boxes!

Advent Calendar Jar

Advent Calendar Jar

Sometimes the simple idea are the best! It's not really an advent calendar craft as such, although younger children will enjoy decorating their jar and of course you can adapt the activity for older kids, who might want to use glass paints, puffy paint etc.

Advent Chest

Advent Chest

You will need to save matchboxes all year for this homemade advent calendar craft - or buy some from a craft supplier! But once made this advent chest will become a family treasure, that you can bring out and fill with little treats and sweets every year.

Advent Matchbox Tree

Advent Matchbox Tree

Kids can have fun with this homemade Advent Calendar craft - making an Advent Matchbox Tree! Then it is just up to you to fill with exciting treats. Open one draw a day during December and soon it will be Christmas!

Advent Mini Cards

Advent Mini Cards

These festive advent mini cards are the perfect size to pop inside any advent calendar that you fill yourself and are a great tradition to start with the kids. You could write challenges, fun Christmas activities or even an interesting Christmas fact on each card...

Advent Number Cards

Advent Number Cards

These pretty, festive number cards are perfect for making your own advent calendar countdown.

Advent Number Strips

Advent Number Strips

These pretty advent number strips are perfect to slip into the pockets on a fill-your-own advent calendar.

Advent Paper Chain

Advent Paper Chain

Try an advent calendar with a difference - an advent paper chain. It is fun for the kids to make themselves and is an economical - as well as decorative, alternative to the shop-bought advent calendars.

Advent Planner

Advent Planner

This printable Advent planner lets you plan 24 days of fun Christmas activities as you countdown to the 25th December. Simply think of a fun Christmas activity for each day of the planner (for example, read a Christmas story, make Christmas cookies, go ice skating, decorate the tree etc.).

Advent Poster

Advent Poster

This is a simple DIY advent calendar craft which might make a fun collaborative project for the classroom and would certainly brighten up the playroom or kitchen! Children simply move Santa from cloud to cloud as December progresses. For fun you could substitue a photo of your house...

Advent Train

Advent Train

Here is an unusual advent calendar craft for children to make themselves. The kids will enjoy making this advent train, and they'll have even more fun finding the gifts inside the train during December!

Advent Wreath Happiness Calendar

Advent Wreath Happiness Calendar

This is a lovely, decorative homemade advent calendar - with a difference! Rather than discovering a treat every day, we write down one thing that we have enjoyed, something we are grateful for, or a special memory, just before bedtime.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

This Christmas tree Advent Calendar craft is fun to make with your youngest children - and they will love sticking the brightly coloured pompoms onto the tree on each day! And the bonus is that it might help with number recognition, too!

Christmas Tree Bauble Advent Calendar

Christmas Tree Bauble Advent Calendar

This very simple DIY Advent Calendar craft is perfect for small hands to make. Younger children will enjoy turning over the pictures each day, and the Christmas tree looks very bright and cheerful on the wall.

Conical Advent Calendar

Conical Advent Calendar

Here is a really unusual idea for a home-made advent calendar craft - but it is extremely popular with the kids, who love the surprise of untying the ribbon each day and seeing what has dropped below!

Count Down Wheel

Count Down Wheel

We've made this count down wheel craft for Advent (an easy Advent Calendar craft which you can make to suit your own family's traditions) but of course you could adapt it for any important occasion.

Ideas For Filling Your Home-Made Advent Calendars

Ideas For Filling Your Home-Made Advent Calendars

There is nothing so special as a home-made advent calendar - and the best thing about them is that you can choose exactly what will go in them each day, personalising them to suit your family. But what will you put in them? We have lots of ideas to get you thinking below...

Muffin Tray Advent Calendar

Muffin Tray Advent Calendar

This Muffin Tray Advent Calendar craft is fun to make with your kids - and even more fun to fill with treats for December and the run up to Christmas! The muffin trays are a more useful size than the standard advent calendar if you would like to include a small gift each day.

Pin Board Advent Calendar

Pin Board Advent Calendar

Here is a very simple idea for a DIY Advent Calendar craft, which the kids can put together themselves and enjoy during the Advent period. Perhaps and older child could make one for a younger sibling? We've kept ours quite simple but of course you could really go to town on the decoration.

Robin Advent Calendar

Robin Advent Calendar

This gorgeous robin Advent Calendar is a craft that will help you count down to Christmas day with style! The robins are relatively easy for children to cut out and put together - and they really do look super cute!

Santa Advent Calendar

Santa Advent Calendar

Here's a fun printable Advent Calendar for younger children, which involves a simple craft element too. It involves colouring, hunting for numbers and sticking too - what could be better!

More Advent Crafts for Kids

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Advent Wreath Crafts

Origami advent calendars
Origami Advent Calendars

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