Advent Calendar DIY

Hey there, friends! So I feel like the days are just flying by. Every year just seems to pass faster and faster and the holiday time seems to pass the fastest. It’s kind of sad, really. To think it just passes in a flash. I’m trying very hard to savor the moments and slow down.

Over the years my little family and I have celebrated traditions both new and old. Things that I did as a young girl and now do with my boys. Like watching Rudolph on Christmas Eve, baking cookies together, listening to Christmas music any chance we get and singing along to all of our favorites.  But we’ve also started our own new traditions as well. Like making a big yummy breakfast on Christmas morning, watching Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas almost every single day, lol. And driving around at night looking at all the homes decorated for Christmas.

This year we are starting a new tradition, an advent calendar! Every year we’ve been very intentional about focusing our hearts on what Christmas really means to us, Jesus. The birth of our Lord and Savior. And while we have always read scripture in the evenings, this will be the first year of actually using an advent calendar. I am so excited to start it and I thought it would be fun to share it with y’all today. I got the idea from my sweet friend Rachel. You can visit her blog here The Porch Light Cottage, and see her advent calendar, which was the inspiration for mine.

First I braved Michaels on Black Friday to gather my supplies, it was kind of a mad house, but worth it in the end! I bought small brown bags, small clothes pins, chalkboard labels, and a chalk pen. Super simple and relatively inexpensive. Especially if you use coupons.



Then I simply folded my bags over about an inch on the top, placed my chalkboard labels on each bag and wrote the numbers 1-24. Then I took twine that I had on hand and attached it to an old shutter that I painted white. I clipped each bag on to my twine and ta-da. Easy peasy!





Next I simply gathered my verses. We will be focusing on specific scripture verses for each day leading up to the birth of Jesus. Here are the verses I am using.

December 1st

John 1:1-5

December 2nd

Isaiah 9:2-7

December 3rd

Isaiah 11:1-10

December 4th

Jeremiah 33:14-16

December 5th

Luke 1:5-10

December 6th

Luke 1:11-17

December 7th

Luke 1:18-25

December 8th

Luke 1:26-38

December 9th

Matthew 1:18-21

December 10th

Matthew 1:22-26

December 11th

Luke 1:39-45

December 12th

Luke 1:46-56

December 13th

Luke 2:1-5

December 14th

Luke 2:6-7

December 15th

Luke 2:8-12

December 16th

Luke 2:13-14

December 17th

Luke 2:15-18

December 18th

Luke 2:19-20

December 19th

Micah 5:2-5

December 20th

Matthew 2:1-2

December 21st

Matthew 2:3-6

December 22nd

Matthew 2:7-8

December 23rd

Matthew 2:9-13

December 24th

John 1:14

I typed them up and printed them out on card stock. Then placed each one into its corresponding bag. I think I’m going to put in a little treat for the boys for each day as well. But haven’t decided yet what it will be. I am thinking probably just chocolate.


So there you have it. My super simple Advent calendar DIY. What do y’all think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Or maybe how you celebrate Advent. Feel free to leave me your comments below!









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  1. Love!!! My boys each have a omemafe advent calendar that my mother-in-law made them. Last year was our first year doing scripture. I also added a Hershey kiss each day 😊 Thank you for sharing!


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