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Advent Calendar Craft-Along: Ideas

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.

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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.

Nativity Advent

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.

Sock Advent

If you’re not feeling too ambitious, collect up some odd socks in Christmas colours and make this Sock Advent Calendar from Martha Stewart:

Shadowbox Advent

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:


Printable Advent

Living Locurto has a free printable Advent Calendar in 3 different designs, with instructions on how to create it:

Cup Advent

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:


Bonbon Advent

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:

There are some gorgeous Advent Calendar patterns (affiliate link) on Etsy too. I’ll be pinning more ideas on this Pinterest board.

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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.


  1. These are great! Thank you for the ideas! I cannot sew and I have very little imagination when it comes to crafts, but I might try this year on a couple of your ideas.
    By the way, I think it’s funny that you are CookCleanCraft because my email address is cookcleangolf!!!!!!! 😉 🙂

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