Advent calendar inspiration for the DIY adventist. Ditch the store-bought and create your advent calendar this year.

Advent calendar inspiration

Advent calendar inspiration

Every year, for as long as I can remember, December 1st has not only meant the day we get to put up the Christmas tree, but the day we get to open the first day of our advent calendar.

When we were little we used to get the regular chocolate ones (always Cadbury) then as I got more mature mine became Lindt.

The my Mum got really creative and started making them for us with the last few having a piece of puzzle for each day.

On Christmas Eve we get to put all the pieces together to reveal a present.

I stopped getting then a fear years back (once it became about the kids) but in November of the final year, Mum said to me ‘you sister doesn’t want an advent calendar this year because she forgets about it, do you still want one?’

I think I may have looked like I might cry because she just laughed at me and said she’d start brainstorming.

Yes I’m a child at heart.

For the last few years before we became parents I also made my husband an advent calendar.

Advent calendar inspiration

I love the idea of this twig tree with little numbered boxes hanging from the branches.

I’d probably want to hang the empty boxes up again so it didn’t look too sad by Christmas Eve.

Mini tree advent

There’s something so enchanting about these mini Christmas trees topping the little brown boxes filled with goodies.

Does anyone know where you can get the trees?

Magnetic spice tin advent

This genius advent calendar uses those magnetic spice tins.

The numbers are available as free printables on the original site.

Plus you can re-purpose the spice tins after Christmas.

DIY advent calendar

This one makes me think of Dr Who but I also love the combo of red and white with the aqua blue.

It makes great decoration too.

Advent activity tree

I think this is a lovely idea for a family.

Each day has a Christmassy activity on it like baking cookies or checking out the Christmas lights.

I’d finish it with ‘open one present’ on Christmas Eve.

Hang an ornament advent

Now I’m not sure that I could wait 24 days for the Christmas tree to be totally decorated but the idea of hanging an ornament each day is pretty cute.

I love the rustic feel.

Hanging bags advent

Brown paper packages hung up on string, could be filled with a few of your favourite things.

I love how simple this one is.

Painted jars advent

Finally, I’m a big fan of anything that involves re-using so this collection of painted jars caught my eye.

Of course you could paint them to suit your colour scheme then re-use the jars later as vases for Christmas day.

Advent calendar inspo via www.clairekcreations.com

I’m really not sure if these helped me make a decision or just confused me even more but I certainly have a few ideas now.

What about you?

Do you do advent calendars?

Do you DIY or buy?

Advent calendar inspo via www.clairekcreations.com

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