Children always get so excited about Christmas. It is hard for young children to understand how much longer they must wait until Christmas Day. Advent calendars help kids keep track of how many days they have left to wait, but they also provide an opportunity for you to turn that period of waiting into a fun time to connect with your kids.
There are many ways to use Advent calendars. You can simply count down the days to Christmas, you can give your children a small treat each day as they add another number to the calendar, you can read a few verses of the Christmas story as you anticipate celebrating Christ's birth, or you can have a family activity planned for each day of advent and surprise your children with that day's activity when they look on the back of that day's number.
There are lots of ways of counting down to Christmas, but there are even more ways of making Advent calendars. You can make them from scraps of paper, leftover fabric, felt, and even old toilet paper rolls. I have collected 10 homemade Advent calendar ideas to inspire you, should you choose to make one this year instead of buying one.
10 Homemade Advent Calendar Ideas
Advent Activities Calendar / The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking
Upcycled K-Cups Advent Calendar / Premeditated Leftovers
Felt Nativity Advent Calendar / The Motts
Christmas Story Advent Calendar / Sweeter than Sweets
Pallet Wood Advent Calendar / Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
Mittens Advent Calendar / Just Us Four
Burlap Advent Banner / Ribbon and Bows Oh My
Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar / Morning Creativity
Cone – iferous Advent / Spoonful
Christmas Countdown Garland / The Crafting Chicks
Christmas Countdown Advent Activities Calendar / Thrifty and Thriving
More Homemade Christmas Decor Ideas:
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- 15 Homemade Christmas Ornaments
- 15 Homemade Nativity Scenes
- 15 Homemade Christmas Decor Ideas
If you like making homemade items, check out these DIY Gift Ideas.