Diy advent calendar ideas: 39 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

39 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

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Star Garland Advent Calendar

Mandi Johnson

Stars aren’t just for tree toppers! This symbol of Christmas also makes the perfect advent calendar. Boxes of various sizes can hold all kinds of gifts and surprises.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.

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Christmas Lights Advent Calendar

The House That Lars Built

Brighten up your house before you even put up your Christmas lights. Each colorful “bulb” comes with a sweet surprise!

Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.

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Felt Truck Advent Calendar

Studio DIY

Your kids will love their advent calendar regardless, but we think they’ll take to this cute felt version even more. The truck is packed with goodies, just like Santa’s sleigh!

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY.

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Mini Boxes Advent Calendar

Alice & Lois

Sometimes the simplest projects turn out the prettiest. All this DIY calendar requires? Mini boxes, pom-poms, and number stickers for an easy, yet colorful, countdown.

Get the tutorial at Alice & Lois.

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DIY Fabric Advent Calendar

The Merrythought

If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you can craft this ultra-contemporary Advent calendar. Looking for a more traditional feel? Swap out the black and gray for red and green or other holiday colors.

Get the tutorial at The Merrythought.

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Colorful Paper Bag Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Tell Love and Party

This showstopper features an array of bold colors, but if that’s not your style, feel free to swap ’em out for neutrals, soft pastels, or classic black-and-white.

Get the tutorial at Tell Love and Party.

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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Tried and True Creative

You can use scrapbook paper to make the evergreens in this homey Advent calendar, and then for extra fun write Christmas activities inside the trees!

Get the tutorial at Tried and True Creative.

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Hanging Bags Advent Calendar

Courtesy of

Kids will get a kick out of this playful piece featuring paper bags covered in penguin-printed paper and other fun designs. It’s just the thing to hang in their playroom come December!

Get the tutorial at A Subtle Revelry.

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Paper Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Courtesy of

Unlike most Christmas village sets, which will set you back a few hundred dollars, this handcrafted series costs next to nothing to make and still packs plenty of Christmas cheer.

Get the tutorial at Delia Creates.

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Mason Jar Advent Calendar

The Country Chic Cottage

Is just isn’t Christmas without at least one Mason jar craft, is it? And this one even helps the kiddos count down to Christmas with sweet treats inside inside the jars.

Get the tutorial at The Country Chic Cottage.

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Wood Pallet Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Average But Inspired

Opt for rustic, reclaimed wood for the base of this piece (think discarded pallets, leftover timber, or a set of planks) to make it fit in with the rest of your country chic decor.

Get the tutorial at Average But Inspired.

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Rustic Chalkboard Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Houseful of Handmade

Thanks to this blogger’s free template, you can easily fold and craft these cute advent boxes. While painting them silver makes them look like galvanized metal, we think gold, red, or white would match, too.

Get the tutorial at Houseful of Handmade.

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Tin Can Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Look What I Made

Repurpose empty containers (coffee and tea canisters, cans, etc.) to make this eye-catching arrangement on the cheap. This blogger filled hers with coffees, though you can stuff yours with cookies, candy, or other treats.

Get the tutorial at Look What I Made.

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Customizable Christmas Advent Calendar

Courtesy of Sarah Hearts

This colorful advent calendar forgoes traditional Christmas hues in favor of a more modern palette.

Get the tutorial at Sarah Hearts.

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Galvanized Garland Advent Calendar

Annie Schlechter, styling by Matthew Gleason

You can assemble and display this easy-to-make arrangement just about anywhere. Tie teeny metal pails to colorful ribbon and then hang alongside your favorite garland.

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Yesteryear Trinkets

Jean Allsopp

Hung inside an old hotel key cabinet, numbered gift tags adorned with tiny ornaments make for a homespun Christmas countdown.

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Fireplace Advent Calendar

Max Kim-Bee

Let guests play Santa for a day! Instead of candy, fill advent calendar pouches with guests’ names, then let that day’s Saint Nick choose the activity, from caroling to cookie making.

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Envelope Advent Calendar

Miki Duisterhof

Count down the days until Christmas with little paper envelopes, sized to hold all sorts of surprises: candy, tickets, tiny toys. Use rubber stamps to ink the dates, and other motifs, on the envelopes. You can also embellish them by adding tags, string, washi tape, and clip art. Then, simply pin the envelopes on a pretty corkboard.

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Advent Blessings Jar

Thirty Handmade Days

Not only do your kids count down to Christmas with this ingenious Advent calendar, every craft stick also reminds them of their blessings. Even better, they drop coins in the jar each day, which go to their favorite charity when all the sticks all gone.

Get the tutorial at Thirty Handmade Days.

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Chalkboard Style

Courtesy of The Painted Hive

“This calendar was part-inspired by an old-fashioned borrowing system used at my primary school library,” writes blogger Kristine. She also combined her love of typography and wall charts to complete the craft.

Get the tutorial at The Painted Hive.

38 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas to Count Down to Christmas

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Star Garland Advent Calendar

A Beautiful Mess

Pick up some different size paper mache boxes, as well as twine or ribbon to string all of the boxes together. Fill the boxes with small treats or presents, and then drape the garland around your fireplace mantel, from a blanket ladder or anywhere you choose.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »

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Window Advent Calendar

Michael Partenio

Don’t have a lot of space? Build your advent calendar in the window. Adjust two or three spring tension curtain rods to fit the width of your window (don’t forget to cover them in some sort of pretty ribbon first). Then, hang decorated burlap bags from the rods.

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Holiday Activity Advent Calendar

David Hillegas for Woman’s Day

Write a different holiday activity on the back of each circle and clip them to a pegboard. Each morning, flip the circle around to reveal what’s on your family’s agenda — ice skating, baking, watching Elf for the zillionth time, you name it.

RELATED: Christmas Crafts That You Can Easily DIY

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Gift Tag Advent Calendar

Erika LaPresto/StudioD

To recreate this stylish advent calendar, use hot glue to secure fabric to a foam board. Hang store-bought manila tags (six per row) on straight pins. Use wood craft circles to mark each date by stamping on the numbers and punching a hole in each one. Finally, add your own ornament or trinket to each date.

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Plastic Cup Advent Calendar

Play Party Plan

Chances are you already have everything you need for this adorable DIY. Just load up a few plastic cups with a treat and small gift and wrap tissue paper around them using a rubber band. Hot glue everything to a foam board to set up the decorative display.

Get the tutorial from Play Party Plan »

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Treat-Filled Advent Calendar

Danielle Occhiogrosso

For the month of December, trade throw blankets for numbered muslin bags on your leaning ladder. Fill ’em with an assortment of treats — edible or otherwise.

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Take-Out Box Advent Calendar

Studio DIY

If you find a set of these colorful takeout boxes, simply fill them with goodies and create an organized stack. Blogger Kelly Mindell used basic number stickers to create the countdown.

Get the tutorial at Studio DIY »

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Dog Treat Advent Calendar

All for the Memories

Don’t leave your dog out of the fun festivities this season! Fill small drawstring bags with their favorite treats, and hang them from a wooden sign using small hooks. Your dog is sure to love this holiday tradition.

Get the tutorial at All for the Memories »

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Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar

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For this idea, you won’t have to worry about shopping for supplies. Gather 25 toilet paper rolls and some construction paper, and get to gluing! You can also build the house structure out of an old cardboard box.

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Bottle Drying Rack Advent Calendar

Boxwood Avenue

Whether you found it in an antique store or you buy a new one on Amazon, a bottle drying rack makes a great base for a DIY advent calendar. Fill each muslin bag with a small gift or treat, then decorate them with ribbons, wire or tiny Christmas accessories before hanging one from each hook.

Get the tutorial from Boxwood Avenue »

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Envelope Advent Calendar

The Merrythought

Inside each envelope, there’s instructions for an activity that the whole family can enjoy — wrapping presents one day, snow ball fights the next.

Get the tutorial at The Merrythought »

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Santa Advent Calendar

Brian Woodcock

With this kid-friendly advent calendar, Santa’s beard will grow a little bit every day — by exactly one cotton ball, that is. All you have to do is cut out Santa’s head and red hat on pieces of construction paper. Then draw on his eyes, pink cheeks and nose, as well as a number for every day of the month leading up to the holiday.

RELATED: Easy and Festive Christmas Crafts for Kids

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Book Advent Calendar

See Vanessa Craft

Make your Christmas countdown more fun, and educational. Choose 25 childhood books — we challenge you to find festive ones! — and wrap them up in kraft paper. Download the printable buffalo plaid calendar tags and organize all of the books in a cute basket or bucket.

Get the tutorial from See Vanessa Craft »

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String Advent Calendar

A Beautiful Mess

Use some string and beautifully printed envelopes on several planks of wood to recreate this stylish advent calendar. This year, blogger Elsie Larson chose to skip the treats and gifts and fill her envelopes with new recipes, places to visit and childhood songs to listen to.

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »

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Mitten Advent Calendar

Kim Cornelison for Country Living

Round up a few spare mittens from your family’s winter closet (there’s bound to be more than a few) and string them together to make an advent calendar. Fill each mitten with a tiny trinket or a heartfelt note — it’s your call!

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Booze Advent Calendar

Feast + West

Offer up 24 excuses for a festive nightcap with this advent calendar, packed with mini bottles of rum, gin, whiskey and other hard liquors.

Get the tutorial at Feast + West »

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Music Advent Calendar

Jordans Easy Entertaining

Instead of celebrating every night of December with a treat or a present, what about honoring the holiday with a song? Fill these mini envelopes with a holiday hit, and be sure to include traditional hymns, fun favorites and all of the classics. If you’re not sure what to include, this tutorial includes a list of suggestions.

Get the tutorial at Jordan’s Easy Entertaining »

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Christmas Village Advent Calendar

Sugar and Charm

We’ll leave this one up to you: Cut your own winter village out of Balsam wood (like the tutorial shown here) or pick up 25 mini houses at your local craft store and decorate them to your liking.

Get the tutorial at Sugar and Charm »

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Houseplant Advent Calendar

A Beautiful Mess

Looking for a creative way to bring greenery into your home this holiday season? Pick up some mini plant pots and fill each one with a pine tree sprig (you can cut up an old garland if you have one you’re not using).

Get the tutorial at A Beautiful Mess »

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Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar

Lovely Indeed

Remind your kids that the holiday is about far more than gifts and Santa-shaped chocolates by hanging this fillable advent calendar, which encourages them to lend a helping hand each day until Christmas.

Get the tutorial at Lovely Indeed »

DIY Advent calendar for adults: the most interesting ideas

Do you think it’s difficult to make a DIY adult advent calendar? Not at all! To create it, you only need a couple of hours of free time and a little imagination. To make a calendar, any materials that are at hand are suitable.

The Advent calendar, or Advent calendar, is a traditional European calendar that counts down to Christmas. It usually consists of 24 cells: the countdown starts on December 1st and ends on the 24th, on Christmas Eve. A small gift is placed in all cells of the calendar – one for each day.

In Russia, such calendars are most often made to count the days until the New Year, so there are not 24, but 31 cells in them (according to the number of days in December). Moreover, they create advent calendars not only for children, but also for adults. It is about these gifts for adults that we will talk today.

What to put in an adult advent calendar

What to put in the advent calendar for an adult? It all depends on the interests of the one to whom you are preparing a surprise. Let’s list the most traditional gifts that you can fill an advent calendar for a woman:

  • cosmetics – one of the most common gift options for women: bottles of nail polish, tubes of lipstick, creams, lotions, scrubs, etc.;
  • sweets are a traditional gift for the advent calendar. Chocolate, sweets, cookies and other “goodies” are often used as New Year’s surprises for both women and children;
  • all kinds of beauty and care products: massage oils, bath salts, hair accessories, etc.;
  • Household goods: scented candles, soaps, pot holders, coasters and other kitchen appliances, etc.;
  • gardener’s set will come in handy for a true summer resident. In this case, you can hide seed packs, herb growing kits on the windowsill, small packages of fertilizers, peat pots for seedlings, plant care accessories, etc. in the advent calendar;
  • Cooking lovers will come in handy with cookie cutters, exotic spices or just sets of favorite spices, small cooking accessories, recipe book, etc. ;
  • for lovers of needlework – sets of necessary tools and materials.

Advent calendar gifts for men are, of course, more difficult to choose, but still possible. We will offer you several common options:

  • The top line when choosing gifts for men (and absolutely for any holiday!) is occupied, of course, by socks and shaving accessories. For the advent calendar, they are just perfect: they take up little space and are never superfluous. And if you put a pair of socks in each cell, then you can provide a man with this wardrobe item for the whole year;
  • tickets for the game of your favorite team;
  • coffee or tea;
  • set of spirits in small containers;
  • calendar;
  • favorite magazine.

In addition to material gifts, the advent calendar for adults can be filled with interesting wishes and New Year’s tasks. These can be tasks of different types, for example:

  • write a letter with wishes to Santa Claus or the next year;
  • make a plan for the new year;
  • decorate the Christmas tree and the house for the holiday;
  • come up with a New Year’s menu;
  • buy gifts for relatives, etc.

Filling the advent calendar for adults is an exciting activity, it opens up a lot of room for imagination. But before you put gifts in it, you need to make a Christmas calendar. We have collected for you some simple and interesting DIY advent calendar ideas.

Hanging advent calendar

Hanging advent calendar is perhaps the easiest option. To create it you will need:

  • containers for gifts,
  • cord.

We would like to show you several ways to make a hanging Christmas calendar with your own hands.

If you know how to sew, then it will not be difficult for you to sew several dozen fabric bags. Cotton or fleece in holiday colors works well for this purpose. Cut out numbers from 1 to 31 from felt and glue them to each bag. Do not forget to sew a ribbon or cord around the edges: you will need them for hanging. When the preparatory work is completed, hang all the bags on a long rope and fill them with presents.

If you don’t know how to sew, it doesn’t matter either. Fabric bags can be completely replaced with paper bags. To make them look more interesting, decorate each bag with faux spruce branches, cones, nuts, cinnamon sticks, or dried orange slices. Do not forget to attach a tag with a number to each package. You can fasten paper bags on a long rope using ordinary clothespins. It will take you no more than an hour to do all the work – after that, all that remains is to fill the bags with pleasant little things.

If you don’t know how to hang a hanging advent calendar, use a regular wooden clothes hanger. Paint the wooden “hangers” with white or red acrylic paint (white is the most winter color, and red is always associated with the New Year), decorate with New Year’s decor and just hang the gift boxes on a hanger.

Ordinary boxes can be replaced with original paper houses with windows. Everyone can easily cut these out (on the Internet you will find a great many patterns of a wide variety of houses), and if you don’t feel like doing this, you can buy them in specialized needlework stores. These houses are quite inexpensive, but they look much more interesting than traditional boxes. If desired, paper houses can be painted and decorated.

Another way to hang your advent calendar is to hang the bags on a regular branch. When going for a walk in a park or forest, do not forget to look under your feet – and you will definitely find a branch of the size and length you need. It will perfectly fit into the New Year’s decor in eco-style, rustic or Provence style.

Advent calendar in a basket

If you don’t have time to create an Advent calendar, but you want to please your loved one, use any basket. Just put the packages with the numbers written on them into it – what could be easier! Don’t forget to put gifts inside!

No basket – any box will do, such as the one in which you store spices. Get them out of there and put them in another place before the New Year, and instead of bags, put boxes or envelopes with presents in a box.

Paper towel roll advent calendar

You can use paper towel or toilet paper rolls or long round cardboard cookie boxes to create this advent calendar.

Cut out a lid slightly larger than the diameter of the core for each cardboard core. Cover everything with wrapping paper with a New Year’s pattern. Glue all the bushings in such a way that a Christmas tree shape is obtained: on top – one bushing, the next row – two, etc. Place gifts inside, and then carefully glue the lids with any glue. Don’t overdo it: just a few drops of glue are enough to keep the lid on, but then it was easy to remove.

Canned advent calendar

Photo courtesy of look-what-i-made.com

Another way to create an advent calendar for adults out of scrap is to use jars. If you are a coffee lover, these will be coffee cans, if you are a big fan of cooking – spice cans, if you have a small child – baby food cans. The principle of creating a Christmas calendar from cans is similar: cover the jar with paper or cloth (you can also paint it, but in this case you will have to spend more time on making it, because the paint dries longer). Then glue the numbers on the lid or on the jar itself. Fill the jars with nice contents and place them in the right place.

But the arrangement of such advent calendars can be different. In the photo above – jars stacked on top of each other in the shape of a Christmas tree.

Photo courtesy of twigandthistle.com

To position the jars as shown in this photo, stick magnetic paper on the bottom of the jars. Such an advent calendar can be placed on the refrigerator door or other metal surface.

Advent calendar for the strong

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And finally, for those for whom preparing for the holiday is a holiday in itself, we want to offer several more complex options for the advent calendar. Option one – getting gifts from such a box will not be so easy: every time you have to literally get them by using force.

To make this advent calendar you will need:

  • large box,
  • beautiful paper or wallpaper – for pasting the box,
  • tracing paper or tissue paper,
  • small plastic bowls,
  • double sided tape,
  • tinsel.

How to use:

  1. Cover the box on all sides with paper. For this purpose, any paper with a bright pattern is suitable: packaging, wallpaper, self-adhesive film, etc.
  2. When the glue has dried well, mark the locations of the holes. They can be placed in rows or randomly. Using a utility knife, cut out 31 holes. Their size should be slightly smaller than the diameter of plastic bowls, but such that a hand can freely pass there.
  3. On the inside of the box, stick strips of double-sided tape around the edges of each side. Stick a sticker on them. If it’s too sheer, apply a few layers so the surprise gifts don’t show through.
  4. Place a present in a plastic bowl. Using a hot gun, apply a bead of glue around the edge of the bowl and stick it to the hole on the inside of the box. So repeat with all the bowls. Close the box.
  5. To hide the uneven edges of the holes on the outside of the box, cover them with bright tinsel.
  6. Event calendar is ready. To get a gift out of it, you have to tear the tracing paper and put your hand through the hole.

Shoe Organizer Advent Calendar

Photo courtesy of elizabethjoandesigns.com

Another interesting advent calendar for adults. To make it you will need:

  • fabric organizer for shoes,
  • thick fabric,
  • paint and stencil.

Operation:

  1. Use paint and a stencil to paint the numbers on the organizer pockets. If you do not have a stencil, you can cut them out of thick paper or felt and stick them on your pockets.
  2. Cut 4 strips from thick red fabric to create a frame for the calendar. Glue them to the organizer with hot glue. Trim the edges.
  3. Attach small loops on the back side and hang the finished advent calendar on the wall. Fill your pockets with gifts.

Advent calendar with drink set

Photo from feastandwest. com

To create such an advent calendar, a set of spirits in small bottles or small cans of beer will come in handy. Whatever you choose, the product will turn out to be quite heavy, so it is not recommended to hang such a calendar on the wall – it is better to put it on something stable and away from children and pets.

To create this advent calendar you will need:

  • 31 boxes large enough to fit drink cans or bottles inside,
  • decoration ribbons,
  • paper,
  • glue (it is better to use a heat gun).

How to use:

  1. Print the numbers 1 to 31 on the printer and cut them out.
  2. Decorate the lid of each box by sticking a piece of tape and a circle with a number on it.
  3. Use hot glue to glue first one row of boxes, and then all the others.
  4. Glue all rows together. To make the design more reliable, stick a large sheet of corrugated cardboard on the back side.
  5. After that, it remains only to fill the boxes with tinsel or paper chips so that the containers do not roll inside the boxes, and fill all the cells with gifts.

We hope our selection will inspire you to create your own advent calendar.

25 ideas how to make your own New Year’s Advent calendar – Parents.ru

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Well, what kind of strange phenomenon is this time? Either it crawls like a turtle, when we are waiting for something very much, then it flies by completely unnoticed if we are busy with something interesting. And for kids, this is generally an unknown dimension. How to figure out how much time is left until the winter holidays? When will there be a Christmas tree, Santa Claus and gifts? It was in order to help the kids understand how much time is left before Christmas that the advent calendar was invented …

A miraculous invention

Catholics usually call “Advent” the pre-Christmas period, the time of waiting for the Christmas holiday. Therefore, the “advent calendar” can be deciphered as “Christmas waiting calendar.” Or just “advent calendar”. This wonderful calendar was invented in Germany by Gerhard Lang in 1903. His printing house was the first in the world to release a children’s calendar with poems and pictures on a Christmas theme. Every day, the kids pasted one of the 24 cards in the right square with a rhyme on a wooden board and, thus, counted how many days were left until the holiday.

How did Lang come up with such a great idea? When he was a child himself, his mother baked 24 meringue cookies before Christmas and attached them to postcards. Eating a cookie every day, little Gerhard could count the days remaining until the holiday. When Lang grew up and became the owner of a print shop, he figured out how to translate the idea into print. Later in 1920, the publishing house developed the first calendar with opening doors and patented their invention.

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The advent calendar is extremely popular in Europe. Manufacturers produce it in a variety of versions: textile, ginger, chocolate in the form of a tree, on the branches of which bags or buckets hang, and even porcelain.

What does the calendar look like?

Most often it is a cardboard house-postcard with opening windows, each of which contains a chocolate bar, a note with a wish, task or other miniature gifts. Less common are calendars with bags that hang on a string, or with sets in the form of boxes. The Catholic advent calendar has 24 days, and it counts from December 1 to December 24, before Christmas in the Gregorian calendar.

Is it possible to adapt this idea to our realities? Naturally! Not a single kid will refuse to prepare for the New Year holidays and receive daily surprises. If you are celebrating Orthodox Christmas, you can start counting 24 days before it (from December 14). Or to coincide with the “holiday waiting calendar” for the New Year. Moreover, if you do not put a religious idea into the calendar, you can start not necessarily 24 days before the holiday, but for example, 20, 15 and even 10.

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Simple ideas

There are many options for advent calendar design. It all depends on your imagination. If there is more than one child in the family, each child should have their own calendar. Here are a few ideas that will help you turn your anticipation of the holiday into real magic.

Idea #1. Take a December page from the wall flip calendar, stick it on cardboard and hang it on the wall in the nursery. For each date on the calendar, attach a small bag (linen bag, paper or cellophane bag, etc.) for surprises. You can draw a calendar yourself by drawing a large sheet of paper into cells by the number of days and decorating it with drawings, magazine clippings, and New Year-themed stickers.

Idea #2. What will be inside each sachet? It depends on the interests and age of the child. And from your imagination. The simplest thing is all kinds of sweets: sweets, cookies, small packages of nuts, gingerbread. Of course, small toys (cars, animal figurines, dolls, bouncing balls, mini-designers), New Year’s stickers, notebooks, pencils, soap bubbles, decorations (bracelets, rings, hairpins), theater tickets – in a word, everything interesting, what will fit in the bag.

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Then we put a note in the bag, where to look for a gift. For the little ones, the clue may be in the form of a picture. For example, if there is a pillow in the picture, you need to look for a gift under the pillow in your bed. For older children, you can draw a plan of the apartment indicating the place of the gift.

Idea #3. Pockets can hide not only gifts, but also all sorts of tasks for the baby. This will help fill every day of the outgoing year with a special meaning. Choose tasks based on the age of the child. What could it be? Make a New Year’s craft, draw a picture, write a letter to Santa Claus, prepare a gift for grandmother, learn a New Year’s rhyme, watch a New Year’s cartoon, cook hot chocolate with mom, make a snowman on the street, take a family walk around the festive city and buy a new ball for the Christmas tree, make a Christmas toy, hang a bird feeder in the yard, decorate a room for the holiday… The list is endless. The main thing is that the tasks are fun for the baby.

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Idea #4. Moms-needlewomen can make a more “advanced” calendar in the form of a fabric panel with pockets. It is convenient to hide gifts in pockets, and such a calendar can be used repeatedly.