Counting Down to Christmas

felt advent calendar

Advent Calendars are one of my favourite Christmas traditions. I have fond memories of me and my sisters racing to the kitchen each crisp December morning to be the first to open that day’s door on the calendar and see what was behind it.  Its a tradition that I have continued to share with my kids and each year I try to come up with a different idea. I’ve been working on quite a few pillow orders lately so this year I turned to my fabric stash for inspiration!

I started with some charcoal grey felt and cut a piece about 16 x 25 inches.  I turned over the top and stitched it down to make a slot for a wooden dowel (or stick brought back from a dog walk in my case).  Then cut out 5 strips 2.5 x 12.5 inches in cream felt and stitched those on to make the pockets and added our name to the top in red felt letters.  If you don’t have a sewing machine then you can simply glue the pieces together (a hot glue gun works best).

diy advent calendar kit

I created the numbers with my button maker (alternatively cut out felt numbers and glue on) and pinned them on in a random order so its more fun to find the right day and then cut out little cards from scrapbook paper and popped them into the pockets.  On each note we add little activities and ideas to do each day to celebrate the season & spend special time with each other.  For example: build a snowman together, make smores over the barbeque, take a drive/walk to see the christmas lights, have a hot chocolate treat, make cookies for friends.  You can add little gifts or candies in some of the pockets too as an extra surprise.

If you don’t have the time to make your own calendar this year, the felt pocket calendar, and also the number pins are available in my Etsy store


This is last year’s advent calendar.  A special portable design as we were travelling to visit friends and family.  Instructions on how to make it are here.

There’s still plenty of time for you to craft your own calendar ready to celebrate the month of December!  Here are a few more ideas I love, to inspire you.


For those of you who are handy with a saw and want a more rustic decor this one’s for you from the DearLillieBlog


These beautiful paper ornaments can be used to decorate a tree, adding one each day -

Advent Main Brick Wall Solo

A colourful Christmas tree -

Whatever style of calendar you choose, have fun counting down the days till Christmas.



It’s only 21 days to Christmas as I write this, but whose counting? We are!

It is one of our family traditions to make an advent calendar each year. There are so many great ideas out there on the web but this year time was tight, so it had to be something we could put together with supplies on hand and quickly.  I actually finished this with my daughters Saturday morning, just in time for the first of December.

We had a lot of fun creating it!

It was so simple.  All you need is 24 envelopes, glue, scissors, scraps of coloured paper, string and mini pegs.  Start by decorating the envelopes with the numbers 1 through to 24.  Hang the string on the wall (or across a blackboard as we did) and peg each envelope on.

Then place a candy, gift or activity written on a piece of paper inside, for example make Christmas cookies or watch a Christmas movie together inside each of the envelopes. VOILA!

Do you make or buy an advent calendar each year.  If not, start a new tradition with your family!

Above is our masterpiece from two Christmases ago, and below last years.

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