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DIY Advent Calendar Ideas to Countdown to Christmas

10 November 2021


In this article, we’ll explain how to make an advent calendar. DIY advent calendars can contain absolutely anything you want, helping you to personalise every element for your loved ones to enjoy during the countdown to Christmas.

Tiny Toys

Fill your own advent calendars with small treats that will last - namely, specially selected mini toys! You can find all kinds of inspiration in our Toys & Games range.

B&M Top Tip: You could hang numbered paper bags on a decorated string “washing line” or line up small boxes as an advent calendar. After all, your calendar can be any size - as long as it can be used to count down the 24 days until Christmas!

Mini Bottles of Tipple

For advent calendar ideas that are slightly more grown-up, why not count down the days using favourite beverages? 

You can find great flavoured mini gin sets at B&M - some complete with mixers - or look for other inspiration in our Alcohol range.

B&M Top Tip: You could even pick up some tiny bottles to fill with your own cocktails! Just be sure the drinks won’t go flat or spoil before they’re opened.

DIY Advent Calendars to Countdown to Christmas

Acts of Kindness

For a wholesome and altruistic Christmas advent calendar, why not provide opportunities to give rather than receive? 

Write small, simple notes describing easy acts of kindness like “do something for charity”, “call an old friend” or “give a compliment” and place one behind each door.

B&M Top Tip: Use your best handwriting and decorate your notes in seasonal colours like red and green, or attach them to cute pom-poms for that extra little touch.


Christmas Decor

Do the receivers of your DIY advent calendars love Christmas more than anything? Why not use this opportunity to give them personalised items of Christmas decor to keep?

Place a cute decoration for the Christmas tree behind each door or in each of your advent calendar bags or boxes. They can display each one as it is opened - so their tree will transform as the countdown continues. Just add Christmas lights and tinsel!

B&M Top Tip: Include chocolate decorations to stay festive while providing a tasty treat!

DIY Advent Calendars to Countdown to Christmas

Bespoke Sweet Treats

Often, the classics are the best! Why not fill your DIY advent calendars with each individual’s very favourite chocolates or sweeties? You can decide whether or not to give the treats a seasonal twist. Then decorate your calendars in a different style for each person!

B&M Top Tip: Offcuts of wrapping paper offer an easy way to customise your calendars for each person’s tastes! Spread PVA glue sparingly across the back of the paper and smooth it onto the calendar box, carefully noting down where each opening will be.

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So, if you’re wondering how to make an advent calendar DIY-style, consider our suggestions above to create something everyone will appreciate and remember!

B&M also offers unique pre-made advent calendars. You can find options containing kids’ books, booze and even hot sauce along with the classic chocolate varieties. Take a look at our full range right here!

Do you have some truly unique DIY advent calendar ideas? Share them with the B&M Community via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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