Counting down the most wonderful time of the year is an incredibly fun part of the holiday season. Check out these fun advent calendar ideas!
1. Old Fashion Sweetness
You can find a chocolate/candy advent calendar anywhere for anything from $1.00 to $30.00.
2. Name Brand
Specific establishments sell advent calendars that target their brand/products. Know a Starbucks junkie? They have an advent calendar!
3. DIY Advent Calendars
Create your own DIY calendar to complete yourself, with your family/friends, or to gift to others!
Random Acts of Kindness Calendar
Fill this cute DIY toilet paper roll Advent Calendar with random acts of kindness to do every day until Christmas!
"Donate to a toy drive."
"Compliment someone new."
"Call someone you haven't talked to in a while."
"Volunteer at a gift wrapping station."
"Donate blankets to ASPCA."
"Help put up decorations."
"Donate food to your local shelter."
"Bake cookies for the office/school."
Create a simple advent calendar with gift tags that look like movie tickets. On each ticket write the title of the movie you want to watch. Mix it up with holiday classics, new specials, TV shows and more.
"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
"A Country Christmas"
"It's a Wonderful Life"
"Miracle on 34th Street"
"A Christmas Carol"
A Mystery Advent Calendar
This one is fun to do with a spouse or your family. Hide a present in the house and let the players get one hint a day so that they can find it.
Create this super cute calendar using recycled jewelry boxes (or you can scoop up a pack of assorted sizes at Dollar Tree) and fill them with a mini gift to treat yourself or someone special to.
There are plenty of different advent calendars you can make for this one. The idea is to do something new every day. You can go about this by theme.
"Watch a holiday movie"
"Build a gingerbread house"
"Make a new ornament for the tree"
"Wrap a present"
"Open a present"
"Send out holiday cards"
"Make dip for Christmas Eve party"
25 Writing Prompts ("3 page short story about an elf", "haiku with the word reindeer included", "write all of the words that remind you of Christmas")
25 Holiday DIY Presents
25 Renovations for Around the House
Check out these other awesome lists for more advent calendar ideas!
DIY Advent Calendar Ideas from Double the Batch
25 Homemade DIY Advent Calendars from Country Living
33 Clever and Adorable Advent Calendars from Buzzfeed
20 Advent Calendar Ideas from My Frugal Adventures
100 Advent Calendar Activities
Let the countdown begin!
Vintage Tea Cup Candle
Gather your materials
-Vintage tea cups with saucers (you can get these anywhere from Etsy to Goodwill to your Grandma's attic)
-Candle wicks (waxed)
-Wooden skewers (8, to hold the wicks in place)
-Heat proof bowl
-Cup with spout (to pour wax)
-500g soy wax
-2g wax dye
"Before getting on with the process make sure you have set up the containers with wicks etc. I first tried to keep the wicks in place with a clothes peg balanced on the rim, but when i poured in the wax, with the slightest movement they changed position. So I placed two skewers on either side of the wick to keep it in place (as in picture)."
"Place the wax in the heat proof bowl (cut them up into smaller pieces if they are in a block, to allow easy and even melting) along with the wax dye and let it slowly melt. Use a long wooden skewer to stir in between if needed."
"Once the wax has completely melted, take it off bain marie and keep aside to cool a bit. Pour in the fragrance oil at this point, stir with the skewer and slowly pour into the cups till about 3/4th full. If the wicks have moved a bit, don't worry, just readjust. The wax is not going to set immediately. Also, rinse out your utensils quickly."
"Don't move the candles until its completely set. If there is a bit of sinking in the centre, just warm some more wax and fill it up."
Elegant Pumpkin-Walnut Layered Pie
"Roll 1 piecrust to press out fold lines; cut out leaves with a leaf-shaped cutter. Brush leaves with lightly beaten egg, and place on a baking sheet; set aside. Fit remaining piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions; fold edges under and crimp."
"Bake leaves at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Bake piecrust for 6 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove leaves and piecrust from oven; let cool. Increase oven temperature to 425°."
"Combine 1/2 cup light brown sugar, chopped walnuts, butter, and vanilla extract; spread on the bottom of baked piecrust."
"Beat pumpkin, cream cheese, 2 eggs, and remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg, beating until blended. Spoon pumpkin mixture over walnut mixture."
"Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°, and bake 30 more minutes or until pie is set. Remove pie to a wire rack; cool. Arrange leaves on top of pie. Serve warm or chilled with whipped cream, if desired."
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