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We love a good countdown and making a yearly Christmas countdown DIY Advent Calendar is such a great way to celebrate each day of the season. DIY Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar DIY Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar DIY Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar DIY Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar DIY Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar

There is nothing like the excitement of opening up a surprise, and when we make it happen on the daily, my kids almost lose their minds. In a good way of course. 

We began easing into the holiday season quite early ’round these parts. The tree has been up for a couple of weeks now, Christmas music on repeat since early November, and the flour and butter restocked a few times since then. 

The entire season can be wrapped in one giant warm and cuddly gift. And then there’s the Advent Calendar

It’s our yearly tradition, and it always begins on December first. While the date doesn’t change and the calendar moves to the same beat every year, I still scramble days before to get it ready. This year was a little different and we made it early, however, I’m still filling those cute little hand-folded envelopes with family activities as I check our calendar and fill in the pages.

Thankfully, even if you haven’t created (or bought) your own advent calendar yet, this one is SO simple to throw together (okay, glue and staple together, but you know what I mean), and can be done quite last minute. Especially if you’re like us and have piles of scrap wood in the garage. You know, house projects.

Plus, we’ve got a list of over 40 Advent Calendar Activities for the whole family to enjoy!A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy!

If you need a great printable letter from Santa, check out this free download from Frosted Blog!
A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy!

It’s our tradition and a way to really bring us into the moment and excitement of the holidays… our annual DIY Advent Calendar.

We make a different one every year, sometimes simple, sometimes more complex; but one this is certain, our family loves it! We love a good countdown and a way to bring the excitement of the season into each day in December.

This year, we decided to go a little simple and rustic and I love the finished result!

How To: Our Rustic DIY Advent Calendar

A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy!

To start the project, create a simple frame. The great thing is that you can customize and make it whatever size you’d like want. We had some leftover 1”x2” strips of wood from our DIY Farmhouse Sign to make a 24”x18” frame. Using wood glue and finish nails, create the rectangle that will be your frame.

Using card stock, cut into 2”x4” rectangles. This will become a pocket or envelope that can be used to hold a small note or coin, or before it’s folded, it’s the perfect place to write a special daily message. Fold the papers in half and staple each side to create a square. Squares should end up approximately 2”x2”. With the help of the Cricut we used vinyl to cut numbers for each of our envelopes, which makes the finished product have a much cleaner appearance.

A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy!

The next step is to staple four rows of twine to our frame. After each envelope is numbered and ready, use mini clothespins to hang on each line of twine.

A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy! A DIY Advent Calendar and over 40 advent calendar activities for the whole family to enjoy!

It’s really a quick and easy way to create something special for the family and makes a big impact on your space too! Just turn on a Christmas movie, whip up a mug of hot chocolate and you’ve got a quiet project for yourself as you near the holiday.

Looking for another Christmas DIY, check out this ombre Christmas tree garland from Raising Whasians.

And how about you? Is an Advent Calendar a tradition in your family? What other great Christmas traditions do you have?