DIY Advent Calendar

It's my absolute most favorite time of the year. For many reasons! Most of all is the memories and traditions my family has created over the years. One of our most favorite is Advent. I have created a super simple and budget friendly Advent for you to try! I've also teamed up with a few of my blogger friends who have also shared their Advent ideas. Be sure to check out their posts linked at the bottom of this post. They are all sooo great and inspiring. 

There are many ways people celebrate the season of Advent. Some open a small gift or chocolate each day in the countdown until Christmas and the birth of Jesus. At our home, my girls have a card they read with an activity each day. Some of the things are staples that I make a day of every year as tradition and some are simple things like watching a Christmas movie and having hot cocoa, or even reading a Christmas story. Along with this DIY, I have shared a list of ideas that our family does each year! 

For this DIY you will need:

  • Embroidery hoops (can be found at most craft stores) I used three sizes
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Small paper clips
  • Printer paper
  • Twine 
  • Glue gun 

I used three different size emroidery hoops for my calendar this year. I cut the ribbon to fit around the sides and hot glued it to the hoop. I used three strips for the large hoop and two strips for the medium size hoop and small hoop. I've linked some hoops that come in a pack with multiple sizes HERE.

 When all the strips are glued I simply cut small cards using the printer paper and numbered them 1 to 24. If you have a printer at home you could also print some cute numbers with font and use those instead.

I write all the activites inside the card. Sometimes life changes and plans come up... so If I know plans change for that day I can always cut a new card and change the activity. 

I made three small bows to glue to the tops of the hoops to give it an ornament feel. 

 Here is the finished look! I love how this turned out. I've linked the ribbon HERE.

 Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do with our girls. They look forward to these memories and family time every year! As do I. 

  1.  Read Christmas Book together
  2. Watch Elf
  3. Watch The Santa Claus
  4. Bubble Bath in the dark with Candles lit 
  5. Indoor Snowball fight (THESE are perfect for this)
  6. Baking Day (we use this day to bake all our favorite Holiday treats
  7. Write Christmas cards for the nursing home 
  8. Tell the Story of Jesus Birth
  9. Christmas Movie and hot cocoa 
  10. Scavenger hunt (my girls all time favorite)
  11. Christmas craft
  12. DIY ornament 
  13. Drive around in pajamas and look at Christmas lights 
  14. Write and mail lists to Santa
  15. Make paper snowflakes 
  16. Take Christmas treat to neighbor
  17. Go to a Christmas party 
  18. Wrap presents 
  19. Call a friend and sing a Christmas song to them
  20. Read The Night Before Christmas
  21. Watch The Polar Express 
  22. Have cocoa outside with blankets and tell favorite Christmas memories 
  23. Have dinner around the Christmas tree 
  24. Make Reindeer food
These are just some ideas to help plan your Advent. Be sure to check out my fellow blogger friends below to see what they have come up with. Thanks for stopping by!

The Homemaking Momma Ι Uniquely Taylor Made Ι The Tattered Pew Ι The Little by Little Home
White Arrows Home Ι Red Brick on the Lake Ι Crafting with Kids

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