DIY Handmade Advent Calendars 2011

November 9, 2011 - Filed under Christmas

TalkCraftyToMe is getting a jump on the holiday season, we’re back with this year’s edition of “Handmade Holidays”.

For some reason Christmas always has a way of sneaking up on me, and I can never seem to get everything done that I had planned. I always have grand ideas of making decorations and creating homemade gifts, but there just never seems to be enough hours in the day. So this year we’re getting started early!

First up, we’re talking advent calendars. I know I’ve talked about this before, but I was a little late to the game, and lets face it, if your handmade advent calendar isn’t ready to go by December 1st, well… it just isn’t gonna happen. So with a few more weeks left whip something up, here’s a look at some great alternatives to store bought advent calendars.

1. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar: Download the free template and create your own little forest of Christmas Trees. Use your favorite patterned papers and fill each of the 24 trees with a unique surprise to help personalize this project.

2. Paper Stocking Advent Calendar: This project is perfect for kids. Simply cut out the template on card stock and then decorate away. You can fill each stocking with a candy cane treat for each member of the family.

3. All Shapes and Sizes Countdown Calendar: Purchase this calendar or use it as inspiration to create your own pocketed calendar.

4. Christmas Countdown Wreath: Combine two holiday traditions with this count down wreath. It uses magnets to attach little metal tins to the wreath that you can fill with candy and treats of your own.

5. Advent Train: This idea comes from a German site, but would make a great addition to an fireplace mantel. Paint the train in your favorite Christmas colours and fill will all kinds of goodies. Check your local craft store or even Amazon for unfinished wooden trains.

6. Lego-inspired stack-able treat boxes: Not only is this a super cute and unique idea, but there’s also a fabulous tutorial to show you everything you need to know to make your own stack-able lego Christmas tree.

7. Snowing presents Advent calendar: Another totally unique idea for an advent calendar. This cute project depicts two little kids jumping for their presents as they snow down around them.

8. Decorated Tree Advent Calendar: While this idea isn’t new, creating your own little tree to decorate is a great way to make your advent calendar as imaginative and creative as you are.

9. Baby Sock Advent Calendar: Last but not least, from the queen of crafting Martha Stewart, comes this super easy baby sock calendar. Simply purchase 12 pairs of different of baby socks (or 24 and make one to share with a friend) sew them to a ribbon and fill them with treats.

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