Jolly Christmas Advent calendars for the countdown

Christmas is coming! There are only 30 days, 19 hours, 9 minutes and 30 seconds left for Christmas Eve and I bring you a very original and above all, fun way to wait for Christmas as a family: I am talking about an Advent calendar.

You do not know what it is? Let me explain you, an Advent calendar is a countdown to expect Christmas Eve and fill you with the Christmas spirit, and great enthusiasm as the days go by. In some families it has become a tradition, which started in Germany where each child lit a candle for each day that passed close to Christmas. This calendar is placed from December 1st to December 24th. Now you wonder how do I get it? Where they sell it? The truth is that there are stores where they sell them, but it is also possible to do it with our own hands. (And the best thing about doing it yourself is that you can customize the style)

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!

  1. Wood

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.

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Image credit: A beautiful mess

  1. Matchboxes

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!

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Image credit: Familie Guiden

  1. 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.

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  1. 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!

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Image credit: Pfefferminzgruen

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.

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Image credit: Pottery barn

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Have you already wanted to start with your advent calendar? I want! 😍

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  • Yolanda 2018-11-23 at 9:24 pm

    I absolutely love celebrating the Christmas season with advent calendars. My favourite by far was a tea calendar with a different loose leaf tea for every day! I love these DIY advents – one of these days I’ll get around to making one. I think the toilet paper roll is a fun and easy one to start with. Thanks for the great ideas!

    • lacasadefreja 2018-11-26 at 8:01 am

      That’s a great idea for a Christmas calendar!!!

  • Madi Rowan 2018-11-23 at 10:44 pm

    I love the first wooden one! So creative! Growing up, my mom always had a advent calendar for my brother & I going down the banister of our stairs! Such a great memory!
    -Madi xo

    • lacasadefreja 2018-11-26 at 8:00 am

      Such great memories from when we were children, right? 🙂

  • Elena | MostlyWoman 2018-11-24 at 8:44 am

    I am so excited for Christmas because it is my baby first. I love these ideas, we have wood and I am planning to use it. Thank you for sharing theese great DIY ideas.

    • lacasadefreja 2018-11-26 at 8:00 am

      The first Christmas of our children, I know it perfectly! 🙂

  • Audrey Lee 2018-11-24 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve never tried these before but it looks interesting! i might give it a go this year XD

    • lacasadefreja 2018-11-26 at 7:59 am

      It’s also a good idea for adults so we receive an everyday little gift until Christmas 😀

  • Jen@ Jenron Designs 2018-11-24 at 3:43 pm

    Theses are all such cute ideas, I love those Nordic animals envelopes. I just created a cookie advent tree today on my blog: if you want another fun suggestion and last year I did a boozy bar top advent tree for adults.

    • lacasadefreja 2018-11-26 at 7:58 am

      So cool Jen! 🙂


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