On December 1st, children and adults alike open the first door of their Advent calendar. This essential part of the Christmas decoration and tradition must be ready and exhibited several days in advance. If you want to do without the usual calendar with chocolate pralines from the supermarket this year and instead create your own, then you’ve come to the right place. In today’s article we will show you numerous creative ideas and simple beginner-friendly instructions on how you can make wonderful, fancy Advent calendars yourself within a few minutes. The best thing about all of the following projects and inspirations is that you can fill and reuse the calendars year after year. They are always up-to-date and trendy and can also be given away to friends and relatives who still do not have an advent calendar.

These star boxes have been gilded with real gold leaf for extra flair

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Small spice jars, even better with magnets, can be wonderful containers for your Advent calendar

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You can glue smaller envelopes directly over larger ones and thus create a colorful mosaic

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Advent calendar in Scandi Chic style with lots of natural materials and in neutral colors

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Old wooden ladders are classic decorative items in rustic furnishings

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Adorable little one Christmas village

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Make unusual advent calendars yourself with upcycled toilet rolls

Toilet paper rolls are waste that we generate almost every day. They can be recycled or even end up in the compost, which hardly harms nature. But did you know that you can also do wonderful things with it? You can find several dedicated articles on the subject on our website, such as here. Almost all handicraft projects with toilet rolls are perfect for inexperienced hobbyists who do not want to spend a lot of money on materials and tools, as well as for children and young people. To be able to tinker such unusual advent calendars yourself, you only need the following:

  • 25 toilet rolls or 13 halved kitchen paper rolls
  • Colored paper or acrylic paints
  • Glue stick and glue
  • Number sticker or felt pen
  • scissors
  • Big picture frame
  • filling: small figures or toys, chocolates, notes, congratulations, etc.

Never throw away old cardboard tubes again

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Instructions:

Start by coloring the cardboard tubes with the colors of your choice or by rolling them in colored paper and sticking them. As soon as everything is completely dry, fold one opening in a crescent shape. Next, fill the cardboard tube with things of your choice and seal the other end as well. In this case, small figures are used, which ultimately represent a cute mini winter landscape.

Once all 25 cardboard tubes are filled, glue, hang or write the dates on them. To attach them to the picture frame, first remove the glass and glue it to the back wall with adhesive. Finally, all you have to do is hang up your finished Advent calendar.

For a rustic look, just leave the toilet rolls like that

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This is how your mini winter landscape could look like at the end

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Make unusual advent calendars yourself with a great surprise effect

The idea behind the unusual advent calendars is that they come with atypical materials have been created and often deviate from the classic form. The next handicraft project fulfills both criteria 100 percent. At first glance, it can indeed be difficult to recognize an Advent calendar behind it. But that is exactly what makes it so exciting and interesting. Every December day your children are allowed to reach in, feel around and pull out a little surprise, of course without looking into it. Many hobbyists even choose to deceitfully wrap smaller gifts in larger packaging so that they have a better chance of being selected. In order to be able to tinker these or similar unusual advent calendars yourself, you need the following handicraft materials:

  • A large cardboard box
  • Wrapping paper
  • glue stick
  • Cardboard knife
  • key
  • Felt pen
  • A big bow
  • gifts
  • duct tape

This turns the classic Advent calendar into a real game

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Instructions:

At the beginning, seal both openings of the cardboard box with adhesive tape and wrap them nicely in wrapping paper. Now take a bowl the edge of which is the size of the hole you want to make. Then trace them in the middle of the top of your box. Of course, keep in mind that all gifts and of course your hand have to fit through this.

It’s best not to get children involved in these handicraft projects, otherwise the surprise will be spoiled

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Using a sharp cardboard knife, carefully cut through all the layers of the box and save the circle you cut out. Tie or buy a ready-made large bow and glue it onto the circle. This now fulfills the role of a lid. If you want, you can also spice up the ugly cardboard edges with some wrapping paper or ribbon. Your advent calendar box is almost ready.

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The loop should be big enough to completely hide the hole

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Finally, all you have to do is choose 25 little surprises, mysteriously wrap them up and place them in them. Include small bells so they ring nicely when you grope around, create pinata ruffles with wrapping paper that feel fun, or put lots of brightly colored bath balls in the box to make finding the gifts even more fun.

Make sure no one is looking inside the box

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Making unusual Advent calendars yourself is much more entertaining than simply going to the nearest store and buying a finished calendar. It’s a great November activity that wonderfully stimulates your imagination and awakens your inner child. So have fun doing handicrafts!

Give an old key cabinet a second life

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What’s in these cute little boxes??

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You can even use a large embroidery hoop as the base for your advent calendar

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Embroider a pinboard beautifully with green thread and felt, the December days then serve as ornaments

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If possible, do handicrafts exclusively with environmentally friendly natural materials

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You shouldn’t throw away popsicle sticks in summer either, because you can use them to create wonderful things

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These cute pink children’s socks go perfectly with the rest of the interior

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Christmas village with a modern look

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You can create such Santa Claus boots within a few minutes with a sewing machine

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Who could have guessed that this colorful garland is actually an Advent calendar?

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Christmas village made of brown paper bags – it couldn’t be easier than that!

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Tiny advent calendar made from matchboxes

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The backs of these fir trees were bam-painted with blackboard paint and then written on

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How adorable are these origami polar bears!

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