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30 Fun and Easy DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

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Now that I have a grandchild, I began looking for advent calendar ideas to pass along to my VERY busy daughter. I love the idea of putting family activities as surprises instead of candy.

I collected 30 DIY advent calendar ideas that are easy and quick for the busy family. We all get busy but try and take a moment to enjoy this easy and timeless tradition.

One of my favorite memories of Christmas is the thin cardboard box with a Christmas scene on the front with little numbered doors counting down to the big day. Behind each door was a wrapped piece of chocolate that, at the time, was the best chocolate ever.

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Advent Calendar Kit By I Heart Nap Time

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Christmas Book Wrapped in Fabric Advent Calendar By The Deliberate Mom

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Wall Hoop Advent Calendar By The Crafty Crow

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Christmas Drawer Box Advent Calendar by My Little Craftin Corner

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Mason Jar Advent Calendar By Its Organised

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Envelope Banner Advent Calendar By The New York Mom

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DIY Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Calendar By Morning Creativity

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Chicken Wire and Tag Advent Calendar By Little Lucy Lu

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Mini Matchbox Tree Advent Calendar By Country Living

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Punch Board Advent Calendar By You Are My Fave

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Big Box DIY Advent Calendar By Mod Podge Rocks

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DIY Paper Bag Advent Calendar By Family Fresh Cooking

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Christmas Countdown Fortune Cookies by Happy Go Lucky

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Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar By The Happy Scraps

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Winter Woolens Advent Calendar By Lulu The Baker

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DIY Advent Calendar By C.R.A.F.T

DIY Vintage Advent Calendar

DIY Vintage Advent Calendar By Little Miss Mama

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Origami Advent Calendar Bags By Look What I Made

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Christmas Advent Calendar Wall Chart By The Painted Hive

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Muffin Pan Advent Calendar By Parents.com

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Upcycled Record Advent Calendar By Organized 31

Easy No Frill Advent Calendar

An Easy, No Frill Advent Calendar By The Art of Simple

Make Your Own Advent calendar

Make Your Own Advent Calendar By Crafts Unleashed

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Upcycled Toilet Paper Roll Advent Calendar By Maiko Nagao

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Owl Advent Calendar By Like a Playground

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DIY Advent Calendar By Fellow Fellow

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DIY Advent Calendar with Mod Podge By Mama Buzz

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DIY Paper Cut Reindeer Advent Calendar By Balancing Home

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Free Printable Activity Advent Calendar By Only Passionate Curiosity

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Christmas Quotes Chain Link Advent Calendar By Adventures in a Pretty Dress

(We had to include this classic! Who else grew up making these?)

These advent calendars were some of my favorite fun, easy and quick projects I found. Even though I don't really have to do advent calendars anymore, I could not resist posting them. They bring back the joy I felt as a child and a parent who knew the wonder of what an advent calendar brings to the holiday season. I hope they inspire you to keep this tradition alive in your family no matter how busy things get.

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Astrid November 26, 2013

Lve these ideas. My family of origin are not religious so we never did advent. I remember one day my grandma, who was religious, brought us a n advent calendear with chocolate in it.

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