How to Make the Most Adorable Christmas Advent Calendar Ever

Create your own Advent Calendar, Add meaning to Christmas season, DIY Personalized Christmas Gift, Budget DIY Gift

I don’t care how old you are, there is something about the magic of Christmas that brings out the child in all of us. Christmastime is a time of awe and wonder, a time when we believe in miracles. It is a time to remember the past and look to the future with renewed hope. We capture this spirit of Christmas in the traditions we uphold. One of the simplest ways to add a little Christmas magic into every single day of the season is with an advent calendar. Counting down to Christmas allows the child in all of us to come out and play.

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Today we have teamed up with nine talented bloggers to bring you ten fun, creative holiday DIY and craft projects. At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all their blogs and links so you can explore them all. We invite you to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy visiting these blogs. We know you with find lots of  inspiration for your next craft project.


Easy DIY Advent Calendar

Making Advent Calendar Memories in My Family

Every year just after Thanksgiving my son Roan starts to get excited for Christmas. It usually happens as he sees me getting out the Christmas decor and at a certain moment it dawns on him. He realizes it’s time to get out the advent calendar. For him the excitement and anticipation of the season begins with this tradition.

When my boys were younger I used to take charge of the calendar and fill it with treats so that every day would be a bit of a surprise. Most days they would forget about it and I would have to remind them. We had a special agreement that they were allowed to eat their treat even before breakfast in honor of the festive season. And yes, I did use this as a way of pulling them out of bed on more than one occasion. As soon as I mentioned the advent calendar my otherwise reluctant, sleepy boys would literally bound from their beds in excitement.

Now at the ripe old age of 12 Roan likes the task and responsibility of putting the advent calendar together all by himself. He tells me what types of treats he wants and he enjoys filling each day with two treats, one for him and one for his brother Reese. Reese is happy enough with this arrangement. Participating in the receiving and eating side of the advent calendar is plenty for him.

Of course when the boys saw me putting together this new advent calendar they were extremely excited. I am sure they are picturing the extra treats headed their way.

You are Creating an Experience

But the magic of the advent calendar is found in more than just a piece of candy or a surprise gift. It is in creating a ritual or tradition that is unique to the season. This tradition builds on the anticipation of the special celebration of Christmas that is soon to come. After all, Christmas is about so much more than just celebrating one day. It is about building special traditions with our family, traditions that will bring joy and togetherness. These traditions create memories that we will all cherish for years to come.

Let’s Make an Adorable (easy) Advent Calendar

Supply List

  • Sticks, bought or foraged (quantity depends on how long they are and how many levels you want to make)
  • 25 3-inch Muslin Bags
  • Red Stamp Ink in “Cranberry”
  • Number Stamps
  • Red & White Bakers String
  • Acrylic Stamp Block
  • Tools:  Scissors

Easy Cute Advent Calendar


Homemade Advent Calendar

Stamping Your Advent Calendar Bags

The great thing about stamping, especially for this project, is that it doesn’t have to look perfect. In fact, I kind of like the look of a slightly imperfect stamp so that you get the idea that it is homemade. Imperfection gives it a charming, farmhouse rustic look. So don’t worry about the stamping. It’s so easy you can have your kids do it.

Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that. Depending on the age and skill level of your kids you risk having red ink all over your home. It does tend to get all over. A small warning: if you get it on your fingers (which you will) be careful handling the muslin bags. The red ink stains them quite easily. And yes, I had to learn this the hard way too.

Step 1:

Place the rubber number on your acrylic stamp block and ink it up. Be sure to press and repress until you see a solid amount of ink on your stamp.

Adorable Advent Calendar

Step 2:

Next, place the stamp on your muslin bag. Center it if there will only be one digit. Line it up to the left side if there will be two digits.

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DIY Advent Calendar

Step 3:

Let the stamped image dry.

Also, be sure to wash your stamps after each use.

Note:  I found it easiest to stamp all the bags with the number 1, and all with the number 2, etc. to save time switching out the numbers and washing.

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Fill and Tie the Bags to Create Your Advent Calendar

Fill the bags with treats/gifts. See our fun list of creative advent calendar ideas to help you think outside the box, especially if you want to steer clear of candy.

Tie the bags onto the branches. Depending on the length of your branches this will determine how many bags per branch and how many branches you use. There is no right or wrong.

Note: If you have the luxury of lots of sticks to choose from I suggest thinking about the area where you want your calendar to hang and create a shape to fit the space. Also, creating the shape of a Christmas tree would be especially delightful.

Advent Calendar holiday tradition

Connect Your Advent Calendar Branches

  • Using your red and white bakers twine tie your branches together.
  • Start at the bottom left and work your way up.
  • Make the distance between each branch uniform.You can eye-ball it as I did.
  • Don’t make my mistake. I didn’t knot the loops around each branch, and I had to do it all over again. The loops won’t hold unless you knot them.
  • When you get to the top leave enough to hang the advent calendar.
  • Then head down the right side, making sure the branches are level as you go.


For another FUN and EASY way to add the joy of advent calendars to your holiday traditions here is a cute idea that my friend Janine @HappyHappyNester came up with using her Christmas tree. Take a look at her clever idea for more inspiration.

Advent Calendar Family tradition

Creative Ideas for Filling Your Advent Calendar

How you fill your advent calendar will be as unique as you are. Each year you can make it fresh and mysterious or you can fill your calendar with your tried and true traditions. Create the calendar for a loved one, the children, a gift, or even yourself.

As you read through this list you will see how creating an advent calendar for a special loved one would make a really amazing and thoughtful gift. I love how these ideas can make your advent calendar experience extremely personal.

  1. love notes
  2. favorite memories from the past year
  3. photos, hang them up to create a memory banner when you’re done
  4. ornaments, each day hanging a new ornament on the tree
  5. truffles or gourmet chocolates
  6. coupons for holiday activities, these can me experiences like baking cookies, attending a tree lighting, etc.
  7. coupons to be redeemed throughout the year, a back rub, breakfast in bed, babysitting services, trip to the ice cream store etc. of course tailored to your audience/recipient
  8. jokes, riddles
  9. small toys that by Christmas create a set or small pieces, accessories that lead up to a big Christmas gift, i.e. lego pieces or cars to a race track or trains for a train set, dolls or furniture pieces to a doll house etc.
  10. family game ideas/instructions, old fashioned games that can be played at the table or in the car with little to no equipment that get people off their devices and interacting (like the good ole days). If necessary, include the small supplies needed like a pair of dice or a deck of cards.

DIY Advent Calendar


DIY Advent Calendar


DIY Christmas Advent Calendar

Add a Little Daily Joy to This Season of Giving with an Advent Calendar

Creating an advent calendar adds a little Christmas joy to each day of the season. No matter how busy your holidays are, the activity of opening your Advent Calendar can be a small respite in the midst of the flurry. It is of course a fun way to anticipate the big day, but it also creates a little mini celebration every day of the month. For adults it reminds us of the magic we felt as children anticipating Christmas. For children it adds to their excitement and creates fun memories. These are the traditions that will remind them of their happy childhood and the traditions they will carry through their lives with their own families.

An advent calendar enhances our enjoyment of the holiday season in all kinds of ways. By creating an experience you are creating memories that will last a lifetime. We hope these ideas help you create your own holiday traditions.

We love to hear from you. Share your advent calendar memories or traditions with us in the comments. Which of these ideas do you love?

Merry Christmas to all!

jodie & julie


Welcome to Our Monthly Creative Blog Hop


Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Janine @ Happy Happy Nester

Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna Crafts | Jodie and Julie @ The Design Twins

Katrin @ Kreativ K | Ashley @ Modern Glam

Sarah @ Creative Ramblings | Kellie @ Gratefully Vintage

Amanda @ Life on the Bay Bush | Tara @ Lehman Lane

Mary @ The Boondocks Blog


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  1. […] friend, Jodie has another advent tree if you would like to check her’s out. We both inspire each other with projects and like to […]

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  5. Kellie says:

    What a beautiful idea! and I loved the video too! I will be trying this for sure!

  6. Janine says:

    Your advent calendar is so cute and feels like an easy project. I love all the adorable bags and how you numbered them. I see your advent calendar as a yearly tradition that will bring many fond memories for a long time. And of course, all your fun ideas for after the holidays are the best!

  7. […] Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna Crafts | Jodie and Julie @ The Design Twins […]

  8. Katrin says:

    This is gorgeous, will have to pin this for next year for my girls! I love the little bags and just big red numbers on it!

  9. […] Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna Crafts | Jodie and Julie @ The Design Twins […]

  10. Amanda says:

    This is adorable! I love the idea of putting love notes in there! We all need a little more love in our lives!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Exactly, Amanda! I mean, there are so many fun ways to fill an advent calendar! Loved getting creative with the ideas. We’re so appreciative of your visiting our blog and leaving a kind reply. Blessings and Happy Holidays, Julie & Jodie

  11. Leanna says:

    The cute little numbered bags make me feel nostalgic. They are simple and quaint and remind me of the gold nugget gum bags I use to love when I was little. Love this idea.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Haha Leanna, Totally remember those gold nugget gum bags! That’s so funny! We’re so glad you liked this idea. We sure had fun creating it. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  12. Such a fun advent calendar! Love the idea of using stamps to make the numbers.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hey Tara, Thanks so much for visiting our blog and leaving your kind reply. Always appreciate your kindness. Blessings, Julie & Jodie

  13. I love how you can insert your own items in the bags for those who are on special diets. And the toy parts that can be assembled on Christmas is a great lesson in patience! Genius!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      We sure had fun getting creative with advent ideas and we’re so glad you liked them too! We’ll be all set and motivated to use our advent calendars for next year. We also really love making them personalized and giving as a thoughtful gift. Wishing you all the best, Julie & Jodie

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