DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

Let the countdown begin! It’s time to get excited about Christmas, and what better way to celebrate than with your own DIY Advent Calendar. These ideas are super-easy to execute and can be shared with kids and the young-at-heart alike. Fill with small candies, gift cards, toys, stickers or stationary for a fun family tradition or gift idea.

Pompom Advent Goody Boxes

This easy-to-make assortment of Pompom Advent Goody Boxes can be made to suit your décor for a fun table-scape or mantle arrangement. 


  • 24 Small Gift Boxes
  • 24 Pompoms in assorted colors
  • Numbered sticks, 1-24
  • Glue
  • Treats to fill 24 small boxes


  1. Assemble each box and place a sticker on the front of each one, for a total of 24.

  2. Fill each box with a few treats.

  3. Glue a pompom on top of each box and secure.

  4. Arrange the gift boxes into a tree-shape or on a table-scape.  Open one box on the corresponding day of December until Christmas!

Hanging Envelope Advent Calendar

Make a Hanging Envelope Advent Calendar to spruce up your holiday décor and bring excitement to every day leading up to Christmas!  We love filling ours with Harris Teeter gift cards!


  • Holiday Scrapbook or Origami Paper
  • Tape
  • Hole-punch
  • Holiday Colored Twine
  • Numbered stickers, numbers 1-24
  • 2 foot long dowel or natural stick
  • 24 treats that will fit in the envelopes you fold


  1. Fold 24 envelopes out of square holiday scrap paper.  See graph below.  
  2. Place a numbered sticker on each envelope and punch a hole through all of the layers in the center-top of each envelope.
  3. Fill each envelop with a treat.  Loop string through each hole and tie string around dowel.  If you want, do this at various lengths.
  4. Attach string to each end of the dowel, making it the length you want for hanging.
  5. Find a central spot to hang your calendar, then open an envelope each day!

Advent Blessings Jar
Celebrate Advent and give back at the same time!  With our advent blessings jar you’ll realize just how many things there are to be grateful for… even in 2020!


  • Mason jar
  • 24 craft sticks
  • Washi tape


  1. Label each stick with something to be grateful for that you can count in or around your home – i.e. pets, bicycles, televisions.  Decorate the sticks if you like, and place them in a mason jar.

  2. Each day, pull out a stick, and count the number of that item you have in your house.

  3. For each item collect that same number of coins or dollars.  

  4. At the end of the month, choose a charity to make your donation to!  

Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.