As a kid, I always loved the advent calendar. We always had the ones with small doors to open to find a chocolate hidden (surprise..NOT!) Traditionally every day should hold a tiny present. In the Netherlands, shops don’t carry many different advent calendars, which made me go browse Pinterest for unique ideas. I found the most adorable and creatively crafted advent calendars, which is ofcourse much more fun than one you purchased. And I also made one myself! Here’s my round up…

Make your own Advent calendar by folding little houses filled with small gifts. For the tutorial and template go here.

DIY Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is a nice alternative to those who are suffering from the recession and have to live of a small budget. Instead of presents, your kids may take a Christmas ornament each day to hang in the tree.

Throw out the shoes and fill those pockets with small gifts.

Work your way to the top of this DIY Christmas tree full of precious wanna-haves. You can craft this three yourself, but if you are not good with a hammer and nails I also found you a finished drift wood one in the Dutch webshop Goed in Stijl or a scrapwood one at Wonen met Lef.

I like this idea, although I do think it’s hard to find a key holder or coat rack with the exact amount of knobs.

The Raumbinge blog isn’t written in English (German), but they have a ton of free printable advent calendars — like these mini boxes.
See more (in English) from “Zuhause in Germany.”  or go right to Raumbinge: Download from Raumdinge.

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