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{30 advent calendar ideas}

November is halfway over and it's time to get working on an advent calendar!
Do you usually have an advent calendar up ever year? Do you go store bought, or do you create your own?

In case you're still looking for inspiration, check out my favorite advent calendar ideas.

Next week I'll show you our family advent calendar for this year; so I hope to see you again then! ;)

30 DIY Advent Calendar Ideas from {nifty thrifty things}

Here are my top 30 DIY advent calendar ideas (in no particular order):

1{Gift Box Advent Calendar}
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Craft and Creativity

2{Star of Wonder Advent Calendar}
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Mer Mag

3{DIY Christmas Tree Advent Calendar}
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Tell Love and Party

4{DIY Advent Calendar Triangle Trees}
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Rotkehlchen

5{Geometric Advent Calendar}
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Sanae Ishida

6{DIY Copper Advent Calendar}
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Growing Spaces

7{Mini Tree Advent Calendar}
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Oh Happy Day

8{DIY Advent Calendar}
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Hoping for Rocketships

9{DIY Inspirational Advent Calendar}
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Lebenslustiger

10{Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar}
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The House That Lars Built

11{Christmas Advent Paper Houses}
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Delia Creates

12{Make Your Own Advent Calendar}
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Crafts Unleashed

13{DIY Advent Calendar}
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Little House on the Corner

14{DIY Forest Advent Calendar}
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Hello Happy Studio

15{Origami Advent Calendar}
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Fräulein Klein

16{Matchbox Advent Calendar}
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Torie Jayne

17{DIY Rustic Woodsy Advent Calendar}
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Brooklyn Limestone

18{DIY Advent Calendar}
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Andrea Doziér

19{Mini Mail Advent Calendar}
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Oh Happy Day

20{DIY Advent Calendar}
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Saskia Rund um die Uhr

21{DIY Advent Calendar: Santa & the Elves}
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Your DIY Family

22{Advent Calendar}
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Bunte Mischung

23{Forest Advent Calendar}
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Bloesem Kids

24{DIY Mini Forest Christmas Advent Calendar}
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Your DIY Family

25{DIY Wooden Houses Advent Calendar}
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Sugar and Charm

26{DIY Paint Dipped Advent Calendar Bottles}
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Fall for DIY

27{Paper Cup Advent Calendar}
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Pretty Little Party Shop

28{DIY Modern Hexagon Advent Calendar}
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Oh Happy Day

29{Christmas Advent Calendar Wall Chart}
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The Painted Hive

30{DIY Advent Calendar}
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Apartment Apothecary

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Demi
    Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at 03:07 PM

    WOW!!! Spoiled for choice :) Thanks Vanessa for sharing!!!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday November 18th, 2016 at 09:08 AM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Demi! I’m glad you found some inspiration here! :)
      Have a great Friday!
      XO, Vanessa

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    Sabrina
    Wednesday November 16th, 2016 at 05:17 PM

    Aw these are so cute, we haven’t had an advent calendar yet. But seeing all these great ideas I definitely want to make one! Can’t wait to see your family advent calendar!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday November 18th, 2016 at 09:25 AM

      I’m so happy to hear I could inspire you to make your own calendar this year! :)
      Even as an adult, I HAVE to have one. Haha
      XO! Vanessa

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    AnnMarie
    Friday November 18th, 2016 at 01:46 AM

    There are so many great ideas here! I love the tradition of an Advent calendar and we try to do it every year. Pinned these to try going forward!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday November 20th, 2016 at 09:08 AM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, AnnMarie!
      I’m glad you liked the ideas!
      Have a fantastic weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Zan Turner
    Friday November 18th, 2016 at 09:55 PM

    I’m not sure which one is my favorite. I do make our own and was not too thrilled with the one I made last year. It’s always great for the kiddos to be able to count down as the little ones don’t quite get dates. So it is a great visual!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday November 20th, 2016 at 09:12 AM

      I know – I love how it gives even the littles ones a concept of time!
      Thank you for your sweet comment!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Sarah
    Saturday November 19th, 2016 at 03:13 AM

    Oh my goodness how sweet are all of these advent calendars!? I really cannot pick a favorite. I love our advent calendar we made last year – a knock off version of a Pottery Barn one.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday November 20th, 2016 at 09:28 AM

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I wish I could see your knock off advent calendar from last year! :)
      XO! Vanessa

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    Lora
    Monday November 21st, 2016 at 02:32 PM

    Great roundup! I love Advent Calendars, and I love how whimsy of so many of these calendars. Fun choices!! Pinned :)

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    Minnie Scott
    Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 at 09:27 AM

    Wow !!! How cool !
    Your post just gives me so many many choices for my upcoming project of making advent calendar.
    All of them are so beautiful and creative that i even feel a lil bit confused to pick one haha
    Thanks for your helpful post Vanessa, i’m gonna save and share this to my friends for sure !

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    Kelly @ North Country Nest
    Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 at 04:20 PM

    I want to make my own this year and you have such a nice roundup of options! I love them all!
    Best,
    Kelly

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    Kim Clark
    Wednesday November 30th, 2016 at 04:29 PM

    Great post Vanessa! So many choices for my advent calendar this year. I am about to finish mine but seeing these I think I might change mine a bit. Love those X’mas tree ideas. Happy holiday and thanks for the post.

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