Do you fancy having a go at making your own DIY advent calendar this year? The nice thing about a DIY advent calendar like this is that you can keep it and use it year after year, filling it with your own goodies.
Here is your guide to how to make an advent calendar, and lots of advent calendar filler ideas.
Make your own advent calendar
A homemade advent calendar is always going to hold a special place in your Christmas memories. Often you will be able to use it year after year, so it can also be a very cost efficient way to celebrate with a calendar at Christmas.
There are lots of lovely kits that allow you to make your own advent calendar and then fill it. You can also buy an empty advent calendar to fill. You could also make one from household items. Let’s take a look at each option.
Buy a DIY advent calendar kit
If you like to craft and perhaps have good sewing skills then a kit that you can put together yourself is a great idea. Here are some great ones to buy:
Fabric make your own advent calendar kit available from Hobbycraft
DIY advent calendar houses available from Party Pieces
Advent calendar boxes to fill available from Amazon
Make your own advent calendar kit available from Amazon
Buy an empty advent calendar to fill yourself
A readymade fillable advent calendar is a great idea if you want to buy your own advent gifts but don’t have the time or the inclination to put a kit together. Here are some gorgeous ones:
Personalised empty advent calendar available from Etsy
Wooden empty advent calendar with LEDs available from National Trust
Personalised self fill advent calendar book available from Notonthehighstreet
Gingerbread house reusable calendar available from Amazon
Make a DIY calendar from scratch
There are some fantastic tutorials online to make your own calendar using various materials. Here are some of the best ideas to choose from this Christmas:
Pretty paper calendar by Tell Love & Party
Hanging envelopes and boxes by Barbell in the Kitchen
Make your own felt stocking advent calendar like this one from A Beautiful Mess
Adorable toilet roll DIY advent calendar by Mrs Shilts
Advent calendar filler ideas
Now that you have your homemade or readymade fillable calendar ready for advent, what can you fill it with?
What to put in a DIY advent calendar:
- letter to write to Father Christmas
- traditional sweets
- Christmas film on DVD
- hot chocolate
- mini games
- play dough
- snow globe
- Christmas book
- mini fragrances
- handwritten notes
- gift cards
- homebaked cookies
- hot chocolate sachets
- personalised pen
- Christmas ornament
- deck of cards
Have fun making your calendar this Christmas and filling it with goodies. Your loves ones will thank you for putting in so much effort to make their Christmas so memorable!
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