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10 Advent Calendar Ideas

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In this post, you will see 10 advent calendar ideas and a DIY now the holiday season is around the corner! 

Time to get your Christmas decor and gifts for your friends and family ready.

And there is nothing to get you into a mood for Christmas like a good countdown advent calendar. 

Plus it’s can be a great gift for a friend or a family member who loves Christmas.

Every day of the advent you get to open a fun surprise gift and think of you.

Advent calendar ideas

What Is An Advent Calendar?

The advent season is either 24 days from the first day of December until December 24th or 12 days going from the 12h of December until Christmas Eve.

Every passing day you get one of the advent calendar gifts.

Nowadays most brands especially beauty brands, sell advent calendars filled with travel-size and full-size products.

Most chocolate brands make their own chocolate Christmas countdown calendar perfect.

advent calendar

Homemade Advent Calendars

If you love crafts you can make your own advent calendar and awaken the Christmas spirit. 

Plus most advent calendars can be reusable and you can use them next year and year after year and create a fun Christmas tradition.

But you also make your own and kickstart your Christmas festivities this year by making this fun hanging advent calendar DIY.

All you need are a few craft supplies and a bit of crochet knowledge to make the decorations for the gift bags.

homemade advent calendars

Make Your Own Advent Calendar For The Holiday Season

Like most people, we love a good countdown to Christmas day, and making an advent calendar is such a great way to celebrate each day of the season. 

I make one every year for my husband, looking for small gifts and sweet treats to put in each gift bag.

Perfect advent calendar fillers can be small items like gift cards, Christmas cards, a yummy treat, lip balm, face masks, nail polish, temporary tattoos, hot chocolate packets, cookie cutters, puzzle pieces, and more small inexpensive gifts.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without an advent calendar and the one below is the perfect festive addition to your home. 

This year the bags have been decorated with mini pom poms, mini crochet Christmas trees, crochet stars, and mini crochet Santa hats.

Advent calendar knit stockings
advent calendar mini bags

How To Make Your Own Hanging Advent Calendar

I started by making all of the little Christmas decorations for the bags, making 6 of each.

  • I then filled the bags with goodies and tied them closed, ready to be attached to the wreath.
  • The numbers I used for the bags were from Wonen Voor Jou – a free printable that was super easy to print out and use.
  • I made mini crochet Christmas trees to hang with small wooden cut-out Christmas decorations. 
  • I bought the little wooden circles from a local craft shop.
  • They feature cutouts of trees, reindeer, and snowflakes.
  • I also added mini crochet stars to some of the bags.
  • Made from twine and red and white string, they have a rustic vibe.
  • I also made mini crochet Santa hats, that were attached to the bags by threading twine through the top.
advent calendar with a wooden wreath decoration

What You Need

The Christmas calendar was made with a few simple supplies that I had in the house and others that I collected from a local craft store, which included;

  • A wooden wreath
  • Brown paper bags
  • Mini wooden pegs
  • Twine
  • Red and white striped string
  • Wire
  • A hole punch
  • Little wooden decorations
  • Small pom maker / Clover 3/4 inch
  • Lights – with battery

I also used some greenery from outside to add to the wreath for a festive look.

advent calendar with wreath and paper bags

Adding Greenery To the Wreath

I also attached the greenery onto the wreath using wire – as you can see in the photo above.

  • Just a couple of pieces of wire – to keep the wreath in place will do, the wire is for jewelry making and I had it left over from another wreath project.
  • The wreath looks good on its own or to be even more festive, you could add little lights.
  • I added some battery-operated lights and they look really festive!
wreath

I had so much fun making this advent calendar and I think you will too!

If you don’t want to make the crochet Christmas decorations that hang on the bags you could always replace them with store-bought decorations or if you have any leftovers from your tree. 

Take a look at the how-to below and see what you need to get started.

Yield: Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar

Advent calendar DIY

Make an advent calendar this year with a handmade vibe, featuring crochet decorations and pom poms on every gift bag.

Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $20

Materials

  • A wooden wreath
  • Brown paper bags
  • Mini wooden pegs
  • Little wooden decorations
  • Twine
  • Red and white striped string
  • Any light (03) yarn in the following colours;
  • Red
  • White
  • Green
  • Brown

Tools

  • A hole punch
  • Small pom maker - Clover 3/4 inch
  • Lights - with battery
  • Greenery from the garden - for the wreath
  • Wire
  • Crochet hook size 4mm (US G/6)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure

Instructions

Mini Crochet Christmas Tree (Make 6)

  • With green yarn and the 4mm (US G/6) hook
  • Ch 8, plus 1, turn,
  • 8 sc
  • At the end of row 2 (turning) ch, turn and then sc in the second stitch of the hook
  • Rep until you get to the top of the tree.

Tree Trunk

  • In brown yarn
  • Skip 2 ch, then sc into the next 4 sts
  • Ch 1, turn,
  • Sc into the 4 sts,
  • Cut yarn and secure.

crochet Christmas tree pattern

Crochet Stars (Make 6 in twine and 6 in red and white string)

  • With twine and the 4mm (US G/6) hook
  • Ch 3
  • Hdc 9 into the first ch. Join with a sl st.
  • Ch 3, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, hdc into next ch.
  • Sk next st in the circle, sl st into the next st, this forms a star peak.
  • Rep this step above, until you have 5 peaks.
  • The last sl st will be worked in the beginning st.
  • Rep these steps for 6 stars in red and white string.

crochet stars pattern

Mini Crochet Santa Hat Pattern

  • In red yarn and the 4mm (US G/6) hook
  • Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
  • 2 sc in each st around
  • *sc in the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st* rep from * to * twice
  • Sc in the next 2 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* rep from * to * until the end of the round.
  • Rnd 5-10 - sc in each st around
  • Change to white yarn - sc in each st for 2 rounds.
  • Cut yarn and secure. Weave in any loose ends.
  • Add a white pom pom to the top of the Santa hat.

Mini Pom Poms

  • With red, white and green yarn - make 6 sets of 3 mini poms in each colour.
  • Trim each one and tie three colours together with the red and white string, ready to be threaded onto a gift bag.

mini crochet santa hat pattern

Making The Advent Calendar

  1. Start by making the crochet decorations/pom poms if you are using them.
  2. Put the treats into the gift bags and punch a hole in one corner, then thread a decoration through the hole and tie. This should keep the bag closed. If not, you may need to add a little tape.
  3. Repeat the step above until you have all 24 gift bags filled and ready
  4. Add the decorations, by threading twine if needed through and then knotting into place. (You should have 6 sets of each decoration).
  5. Print out the numbers and cut them out, attach to each bag using a mini wooden peg.
  6. Attach a length of twine to the wooden wreath and hang it - then you can start attaching the bags.
  7. Punch a hole in the top of the bag and cut a length of string - feed it through the hold and tie to the wreath.
  8. Repeat the step above until you have about 6 bags hanging from the wreath.
  9. Then start to hang more bags from each of the bags already tied to the wreath.
  10. The bags are tied together, hanging down from each other, overlapping.
  11. Repeat this until you have all of the bags attached and displayed how you want them to be.
  12. Add greenery to the top of the wreath, by cutting some wire and wrapping it around the greenery twice (or as many times as needed).
  13. If you want to add lights - wrap the lights into the greenery and hide the battery pack at the back of the wreath.
  14. Hang on the wall and enjoy opening each bag with your loved ones every day throughout December!

Notes

If you want to use store-bought decorations or leftovers from your tree, they will be fine to use!

The pattern is written using US crochet terms and abbreviations.

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here.

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