9721672652_ce57d28815_c

Brown Bag & Chalk Board Calendar.

It’s just about the perfect time of year to start thinking about putting together an advent calendar. I always seem to remember this way too late– but this time I am bringing my A game.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas. The days usually overlap with the Christian season of Advent, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with “windows” of which there are usually 24: one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. The doors are opened starting with the first one. Consecutive doors are opened every day leading up to Christmas. The calendar windows open to reveal an image, poem, a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus) or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.

[source]

So no matter what you celebrate, if you’d like to count down the days until your holiday in a fun and crafty way, try out some of these advent calendar designs.

The links below the images will take you back to the original site, and most will include a how-to tutorial.

6a00d834fd35c053ef0133f5bdc24a970b-800wi

Muffin Pan Calendar. Clever use of 24 ready-made spots to keep your treats.

52964a05697ab00e4100292d._w.540_s.fit_

Funky in Felt. Add a little color and geometry to your decor.

Advent-Calendar-11

Fabric Bundles. Sweet little reusable packages.

tubular-advent-wreath-craft

 

Paper Hoop Wreath. Great way to use your empty ribbon rolls.

adventcalendarfull

Dressed Up TP Rolls. Try using paper towel rolls, or roll up some cardstock if the TP factor icks you out.

6a00d834529fce69e2013489ab5452970c

Minimalistic. No glitz, just good design.

SONY DSC

Instagram Photo Reveal. Choose your favorite 25 photos and relive those precious memories all over again.

b547aedb

Paper Cup Reindeers. Simple, effective and adorable.

calendarready

Printable in B&W. Free template to print and fold these at home.

christmas-advent-calendar-street

Paper Building Boxes. For the architecture loving home. Another free printable!

F17KY4YHA4MM65F.LARGE

And finally, for the beer connoisseur in your life. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a 2-4.