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DIY Advent Calendar

I’m sharing a fun DIY advent calendar to get you in the mood for a little holiday cheer!

Each year I always buy three chocolate advent calendars from Trader Joe’s for the boys.  Yes, they usually they eat the chocolate in the morning, shhhhh. In addition to the chocolate, I always make sure the kids know about the true meaning of Advent and why we celebrate.  nope it’s not about the chocolate and gifts

So we sit down and think of fun activities we can do as a family.  It could be as simple as watching a Christmas movie or reading a book, as long as we are doing it as a family, it’s a go!

DIY Advent Calendar!



Heavy Weight Card stock

Simply print out the 25 numbers which I have for you in a free download at the end of this post. Cut them into a square or rectangle.

On the opposite side of the tag, write or print out the activity for the day.   It took a little planning on my end as I had to make sure some of the activities would fall on a weekend night.


I secured our ribbon across an old ladder tying it at each end. I then pegged our cards onto the ribbon using wooden clothespins. If you don’t have a ladder think of a picture frame or old window, get creative and create a cute little vignette.

A fun DIY advent calendar to make for the whole family!


Guess what….. some nights we just don’t get to it, too much homework, sports, someone is sick and that’s OK!


Free printable advent calendar. What a fun activity to do with the kids. Every morning they pick a card and see what activity they will be doing for the day!

Free printable advent calendar. What a fun activity to do with the kids. Every morning they pick a card and see what activity they will be doing for the day! You can make it super simple like reading a book or a little more complicated .

Just click on the link below to download the printable to use for your own personal use.


Go see all of the wonderful and free printables, our gift to you this holiday season!


Banner Christmas Tags by Ella Claire | Gift Tags by Zevy Joy | Good Tidings of Joy by Lolly Jane | Watercolor Christmas Baking by Craftberry Bush | A Thrill of Hope by Maison de Pax


Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags and Ornaments by Finding Home Farms | Peace on Earth by My Someday in May | Red Barn Gift Tags & Print by Refresh Restyle | Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe Watercolor by Finding Silver Pennies | Merry Christmas Ornament by In My Own Style


Good Tidings Christmas Chalkboard by Live Laugh Rowe | Plaid Christmas Gift Tags by Four Generations One Roof | Vintage Inspired Christmas Favor by Anderson and Grant | Hot Cocoa Bar Sign Printable by Blesser House | Watercolor Paper Flowers by Chronicles of Home


Let it Snow Banner by Happy Happy Nester | Reindeer Games by Clean and Scentsible | Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by A Burst of Beautiful | 12 Plaid Reindeer Joy Printables by The Happy Housie | Santa Baby by Kelly Elko


Christmas Tree Farm Poster by Making Home Base | We’ve Got that Holiday Feeling by My Fabuless Life | It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by May Me and Mom | Heaven and Nature Sing by Nest of Posies | Nativity by Shades of Blue Interiors


Make Your Own Christmas Village by Town and Country Living | Madeline’s Christmas by So Much Better with Age | Christmas Gift Tags by TIDBITS | Countdown to Christmas by Unskinny Boppy | Holly Botanical Study Watercolor by Nina Hendrick Design


Pie Labels by My Sweet Savannah | Advent by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Buffalo Check Christmas Banner by Just Destiny

If you are looking for a few ideas to do as a family this coming season I’ve written a few down for you.

Pick out a Christmas Tree

Decorate the Christmas Tree

Set up the nativity

 Read Luke 2 1-15

Read a Christmas book

Make a card for someone and mail it

Make warm apple cider

Take a night walk

Play a board game

Watch a Christmas movie

Feed the Homeless

Make hot cocoa 

Do something nice for a stranger

Decorate a gingerbread house

Look at Christmas lights

Bake Christmas cookies

Wrap Presents

Make a Christmas card for your teacher

Donate toys to a deserving family

Write down what you are thankful for

Make a Christmas craft

Visit cousins

Have family over for dinner

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

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  1. What a lovely idea! So creative and I love your choices in activities! I’ll have to try your advent this year! My family of teens will just have to participate! Going to share it on my FB page today!

  2. Such a lovely Advent calendar Kristin! This post will be featured on Tuesday Turn About this week! I hope to see you at the party again this week 🙂 Pinned!

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