17 Advent Calendar Activities to Make

Here are 17 ways to countdown to Christmas!  I absolutely love having the tradition of a countdown to Christmas with my family. Some of these advent calendar activities include free printables, simple sewing projects, wrapped gifts, pouches, boxes and garlands.

 17 Advent Calendar Activities to Make

I hope these tutorials will inspire you to create a new advent or countdown to Christmas for the holidays this year.  These also make great gifts!  If you visit these crafty ladies blogs, be sure to tell them the Tip Junkie sent ya! {{hugs}}

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Advent Calendar Treat Bag Kits {Christmas Printable}

1.  Count Down Calendar Treat Bag Kits {Christmas Printable} ~ Here is a great Christmas countdown printable! It’s available in red or green.  All you have to do is download, print, assemble and stuff with treats! Your kiddos will love receiving a treat every day until the big man in red comes!

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2.  24 Fun Ways to Countdown to Christmas {free printable} ~ There are so many fun Christmas activities, crafts, memories to make, and “joy” filled moments to enjoy together to countdown for a memorable and beautiful Christmas! I’ve put 24 into 3 different styled advent printables for ya because I’ve totally got your back. Here are THREE different advent calendars with 24 fun things to do to countdown to Christmas!

DIY Advent Calendar

3.  Magnetic Advent Calendar ~ This tutorial comes with a free printable for the numbers and all that’s left to do is gather your supplies.

Make Your Own Advent Calendar

4. Make Your Own Advent Calendar ~ Count down the days until Christmas with this adorable advent calender.  You can customize it with your own color palette using paper mache boxes and craft paint.

Count Down Calendar

Advent Calendar Tutorial

5.  DIY Felt Advent Calendar ~ Ready to start the count down till Christmas? Get the whole family involved and make your own advent calendar. It’s a simple sewing project to make felt envelope pouches.

Advent Calendar Tutorial

6.  Giant Advent Calendar {diy} ~ How fun is this giant Christmas tree advent calendar?!  It’s made from Ikea fabric and felt numbers.  Little hands will love getting prizes from the ornament pockets each day.

Count Down Calendar

7.  Barn Door Advent Count Down ~ This advent calendar is a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.  Each day an ornament is hung on the tree until it’s Christmas.

Clothes Hanger Count Down

8.  Clothes Hanger Count Down ~ This shabby chic count down calendar is so simple to make and will look gorgeous on display.  It’s made with jute string, brown and white paper bags, scraps of lace, a clothes hanger, old buttons and a few white paper tags.DIY advent calendar9.  Advent Calendar ~ This lovely advent calendar uses muslin spice bags that can be filled with a treat or craft to count down to Christmas. I love that they can be re-used year after year.

DIY Advent Calendar

10.  Lunch Sack Advent Calendar ~ These brown paper packages tied with string are simple yet so pretty.  Hang them from twine from a mantle or wall.

DIY Advent Calendar

11.  House Advent Calendar ~ This fun Christmas house advent calendar is a great craft that will not only make a beautiful decoration, but an easy way to let little ones know how many more days they have to wait until Christmas morning.  Each window contains an activity to do for the day. Tree Advent Calendar 12.  Tree Advent Calendar Banner ~ This simple tree advent calendar was made with a simple triangle template, scraps of paper and painted on numbers.  You can put  notes, scriptures, or thoughts on the back of each tree to count down to Christmas Day.

DIY Paper Cup Reindeer Advent Calendar

13.  DIY Paper Cup Reindeer Advent Calendar ~ Fill the reindeer cups with surprises to share all December long.  One little reindeer cup in this garland can be emptied each day to reveal the treasure hiding inside.  You can choose to fill it with candy or small toys, or make it more personal with ideas of holiday activities or service projects that you can do together as a family.

Advent Calendar

Christmas Count Down

14.  Modern Advent Calendar {free printable template} ~ Check out these modern black and white advent boxes.  I love the mixture of stripes, polka dots and geometric patterns.  Download and print the entire set and fill with candy, notes or other fun small items. Christmas Count Down 15.  Simply Lovely Advent Calendar {Advent} ~ Looking for a simple advent that is both easy to make and fun to use with the kids? This is a great idea using little craft boxes to keep little treasures and activity notes. With a neutral color scheme, it’s the perfect complement to any holiday or home decor! advent calendar 16.   Simple Drawstring Bag Count Down ~ To make better use of the space The first 12 days of the countdown are stamped on the front and the remaining 13-24 days are stamped on the reverse of the bag.

Advent Calendar Printable

17.  Advent Calendar Printable ~ A quick an easy way to make a count down calendar.  Simply download and print the free file to attach to a metal frame.  If you don’t have a metal frame you could always make one using an empty picture frame and string it with wire, string or ribbons.

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