Here are some ideas that you can use to give free rein to your creativity, your children will thank you for the dose of illusion that you will add with these beautiful calendars!
Sometimes we have unused pallets (if you do not have them you can also buy them, they are not expensive) and they are more useful than you think, they can be used to make from frames to a coffee table for your living room. To make an Advent calendar in a nice material like wood, you can disarm a pallet box and give it a Christmas tree shape, hang ornaments and put a note for each day in each adornment.
You can also find these cute wooden Christmas calendar alternatives with LED lights on Etsy:
Another way to make an Advent calendar is with match boxes. If you do not want to occupy much space and want something not overdecorated, you can choose the match boxes to build your Advent calendar. Remember that in addition to putting notes, activities or phrases, you can also put small items in each box such as a cookie or a coupon to share hot chocolate and marshmallows in family that day!
Toilet paper rolls
Another thing that we usually discard at home but ironically always have in quantities, are the cardboard rolls of toilet paper. For our good luck, they can also help us make an Advent calendar! The idea is to join them with each other and fold them to give it the shape of 3D envelope. Then you can decorate it with your children and be surprised by their creativity.
Nordic animal envelopes
Another option is to take a bunch of colorful papers and make envelopes with Nordic animals faces. You can all hang them from a branch or a wooden rod. Each envelope can have a different Christmas theme. Instead of animals, they could be Santa Claus, Christmas trees or Christmas booties. Unleash your imagination!
If you’re not good with crafts, do not be discouraged, you can still enjoy the illusion of waiting for Christmas with an Advent calendar. As I told you, there are places where they sell them already made and they are beautiful. One of the prettiest Advent calendars I could see was this from Pottery Barn. It I made in felt and every detail is sewn to a large Christmas tree.