For years, I’ve meant to make an advent calendar. I was first inspired by the Advent Calendar Sew-Along at Homemade By Jill in 2010 (!). To stop procrastinating, I’m hosting an Advent Calendar Craft-Along this November.
It was originally planned a sew-along, but why limit it to just sewing. There’s a million and one ways to make an advent (and I’ve got some inspiration share with you today). If we start now, and keep ourselves accountable, we should all have a cute Advent Calendar to start counting the days to Christmas by the time December comes around. (Please don’t start counting before then – that just stresses me out!)
Here’s some home-made Advent Calendar inspiration:
Christmas Tree with Ornaments Advent Calendar
The Christmas Tree Advent calendar that Jill (from Homemade by Jill) is the inspiration for the advent calendar that I’m going to make – a felt Christmas tree with a decoration a day to add to the tree.
In a similar vein, Cutesy Crafts made this gorgeous Nativity scene advent calendar and has a free pattern on her website:
Village Path Quilted Advent
Deborah from Whipstitch made this gorgeous Village Path Advent Calendar, with a stop in the village each day leading up to Christmas:
Embroidered Felt Advent
For a simpler sewing project, try this embroidered felt advent calendar from the Purl Bee:
Paper Gnome Advent
This paper gnome advent calendar from Twodaloo is cute. Make them all in red and have a Santa calendar. This is a great craft for kids.
If you’re not feeling too ambitious, collect up some odd socks in Christmas colours and make this Sock Advent Calendar from Martha Stewart:
Picking up an MDF advent calendar/shadowbox and decorating it is another option. Here’s a version from Craftulate:
And there’s lots more inspiration from around the web (click on an image for details:
Living Locurto has a free printable Advent Calendar in 3 different designs, with instructions on how to create it:
Teach Mama has a tutorial for this simple Christmas tree advent calendar, made from small plastic tubs:
Muffin Tin Advent
For a really simple calendar, try this muffin tin calendar from Better Homes and Gardens:
Cardboard Tube Advent
Coffee & Vanilla made this cute Christmas tree calendar from cardboard tubes, and then covered in paper:
Mandy Pitcher made this cute bonbon advent calendar:
Peg and Chocolate Wreath Advent
I love the look of this peg wreath advent calendar (and I can’t resist Lindt balls!) from Homemade Gifts Made Easy:
So who’s going to join me in an Advent Calendar craft-along? Let me know in the comments.
Click here for Part 2 of the craft-along.