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10 Fun AND Easy DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

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Countdown to Christmas

Mom! How many more days until Christmas??”

I think the countdown to Christmas is almost as exciting to me as it is to my kiddos, but boy does it start to drive me bonkers when asked over and over again. Advent calendars are a great visual way to help kids countdown the days, and these clever DIY ideas are too cute!

1. Meaningful Service Advent

Meaningful Service AdventLOVE this! The holidays are the best time for service projects. There are SO many great ideas here, and free printables! Get the instructions.


2.  Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar

Shoe organizer advent calendarSo clever and so easy! Grab a shoe organizer on Amazon and get the instructions HERE.


3. Craft Stick Advent Jar

Craft Stick Advent JarHave the kids help you paint the sticks for this Craft Stick Advent Jar!


4. Toilet Paper Roll Advent

Toilet Paper AdventI swear we go through toilet paper like it’s going out of style, so I love finding new ways to use toilet paper rolls. Get the instructions HERE.


5. Paper Sack Advent

Paper Sack AdventThis Paper Sack Advent is super easy and inexpensive! Love it!


6. Recycled Baby Food Jar Advent

Recycled Baby Food Jar AdventWhat a fun way to make use of all those old baby food jars! Get the instructions HERE.


7. Advent Countdown Blocks

Advent BlocksI like the simplicity of these Advent Countdown Blocks.


8. Muffin Pan Advent

Muffin Pan Advent CalendarThis would be a great way to re-purpose an old muffin pan. You could probably spray paint it to add more color, too. Get the instructions HERE.


9. Clipboard Countdown

Countdown Clipboard AdventThis Clipboard Countdown is a great space-saver option, and super easy to make!


10. Book Advent

Book AdventWhat a fun new tradition to start! Wrap up books you already own (and maybe a few new ones) and open one each night to read together. From Oopsey Daisy.


Interested in FREE Countdown to Christmas Printable Sheets? HEAD HERE!


Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.

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  1. heather b

    So cute! Love these

  2. Mommy81

    Awesome ideas thank you!

    • Danielle (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  3. april

    Sorry this is off topic, but I have a redbox code for a free movie that I think expires today. It’s: 6TAZA5J9. Please comment if you use it. Happy holidays!

    • Paula

      Just used code. Thank you so much!! That was so sweet of you to share 😉
      Happy Holidays!

  4. Leah

    These are all great ideas! We do the book one, and my kids love it. This year I’m making a quilt advent calendar with 24 pockets to put Bible verse slips in as well as little gifts for my kiddos. Advent calendars are so much fun. 🙂

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