14 Original Advent Calendars

If you’ve had a new Advent calendar every year since you were a toddler, you might find yourself one day looking wistfully at the grocery store Advent calendars, wishing that they were more creative, more reusable or just more your style. If this situation describes you, take cheer in these other (homemade) options.

1. Fancy envelopes pinned to a string.

via Gray Sparrow

Advent Calendar Banner - 12 Days of Christmas

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2. Little drawers – if you can resist peeking.

via Sweet Geek

Tardis Blue Doctor Who Advent Calendar

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3. DIY template: download, choose the pictures and put it together.

– the final picture being, of course, “Will you marry me?”

via Nina Max Daly

Advent Calendar DIY Template

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4. Pretty pouches tied to a ribbon.

via Protea Designs

Advent Calendar - 24 lace pouches

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5. Cones of candy hung on the Christmas tree

– by December 15, everything is gone. You blame the dog.

via Anders Ruff

Printable ADVENT CALENDAR Treat CONES

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6. Calendars to match your city – like Amsterdam or New York.

via Nouveau Designs

Amsterdam Advent Calendar

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Brooklyn Advent Calendar

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7. Small pottery jars – for Christmas cookies!

via A Bit Off Center

Pottery Advent Calendar

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8. Origami (with treats inside) hung from a tree branch.

via Julie Marie

Starry Trees Advent Calendar

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9. Pockets.

via Dear Adam

Advent Calendar...The Minimalist... Unbleached cotton and linen... Fabric... reusable

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10.Tiny ceramic charms – in case you travel often.

via Paloma’s Nest

Advent Calendar in Keepsake Wooden Box by Paloma's Nest

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11. Fridge magnets – decorated with magazine clippings.

via Colorstory Designs

Advent Calendar - made from recycled magazines

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Christmas Advent Calendar - made from recycled magazines

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12. A felt Christmas tree with velcro ornaments.

via Three Geese

modern christmas advent calendar

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13. Paper boxes.

via A Million Ideas

DIY Advent Calendar boxes

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14. Knitted socks – a new Christmas stocking, every day.

via Sweetly Made (Just For You)

Christmas Advent Calendar socks

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