Unique Advent Calendar Ideas

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Each day in December brings us all one step closer to opening presents, making memories with friends and family members, Christmas dinner, and wonderful holiday traditions. Build the anticipation and experience the magic of the holiday season with an advent calendar!

Here are 5 wonderfully unique advent calendar projects from the Scrapbook.com gallery that will inspire you to use your favorite Christmas supplies to spread holiday joy this season.

1. Hanging Envelope Advent Calendar

Envelope AdventDeck the halls with wrapped surprises, falalalala la la la la! This is one of the simplest ways to have a surprise for each of the December days. Aly Dosdall was the creative mind behind this crafty Christmas creation. Using her trusty We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board, she created 25 different sizes and shapes of festive green envelopes to hang in festive garlands over her mantle.

In each envelope, Aly placed an inspirational holiday quote, verse, or video to watch as a family. But you can fill the envelopes with whatever your imagination can think of! Festive jokes, memories, little candies, Christmas movies to watch together throughout the month, gift cards, a place to visit, a game to play, photos, a fun recipe to make as a family, and so much more!

Create your own at home!

You only need a few trusty supplies and a little bit of imagination to stuff those envelopes full of surprises.

Envelope Advent CalendarHere's another fabulous example of the envelope advent calendar made by the talented Bea Valint. She used the We R Envelope Punch Board for the envelopes and the Alphabet Punch Board Mini to create the numbers for each day. 

2. Scrapbook Layout Advent Calendar

Scrapbook Advent CalendarChristmas came early this year for Scrapbook.com customers! We debuted a fun line of exclusive digital cut files for use with electronic cutting machines like Silhouette and Cricut models. They make it easier than ever to create unique, one-of-a-kind Christmas projects, like this one by Krystal Becker.  

This 12" x 12" scrapbook layout with fun doors that flip open is a great way to create an advent calendar leading up to Christmas day, or even a fun way to commemorate the monthlong fun after the fact. Krystal printed out fun holiday icons and text to place behind each day, but you are only limited by your imagination to what you can place behind each door.

The best part is, your electronic die cutting machine does most of the work for you using the exclusive Advent Tree Digital Cut File bundle that includes the tree with doors, star, and all the numbers. Pair the cut files with your favorite holiday papers or ephemera for an ultimate advent calendar you'll remember for years to come.

3. Gift Bag Advent Calendar

Gift Bag AdventIf you're making an advent tree for toy-loving tots or your sweetie-obsessed sweetheart, then your advent calendar may need a little bit more room for surprises. That's when the idea of a treat bag or box advent calendar comes in handy. 

ScatteredConfetti created a priceless set of milk carton treat boxes to carry on the handmade advent calendar tradition in her household. You can also use this idea with other treat bags, pillow boxes, or trinket holder dies in your collection. A few numbers, embellishments, and accents with your favorite Christmas collection and your treat boxes are ready to be filled.

Since these have a little more room in them, you can add a handful of wrapped candies, fun little toys, ornaments, goofy little trinkets, small craft supplies (may we suggest Stickles?) and more! Basically anything you might put in a small stocking could be fun in these boxes.

With some of the milk cartons, Kathleen even die cut rectangular windows and covered them in acetate sheets so the surprise inside can be seen! What a fun technique!

4. 3D Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

3D Tree Advent CalendarSometimes the traditional holiday advent calendar is a family heirloom made from a wooden trinket cabinet that's been on the sideboard every holiday since your childhood. And sometimes it's an adorable 3D tree made from Doodlebug Design papers! This unbelievable project was created by Kathy Skou using Doodlebug Christmas supplies that could not be any cuter.

This is another fabulous display of digital cut files at their very best. Each layer of the tree has different sizes of pockets as the month progresses. That way the month starts with teeny tiny treats and progresses all the way up to fun little surprises as Santa's visit nears.

How cheerful and festive would this look on your mantle, or under the tree throughout the month of December?

5. Planner Page Advent Calendar

Planner Advent CalendarIf you love your planner like a family member, carry your notebook or journal literally everywhere, or get into the Christmas spirit with a daily December album, this is the advent calendar for you! Tina Stepanova created this festive household of fabulous photos from one sheet of 12" x 12" paper by Pebbles

The creative possibilities are endless when you get out your hole punch and put this little house in your binder. Each of the windows can be a photo like Tina's version, a special memory, a favorite Christmas carol, a family member to reach out to, and more!

Adding in some festive ephemera, sweet stickers, and fun little accents will make this a spread you turn to many, many times throughout the holiday season!

What advent calendar are you making this year? Be sure to comment below with your unique ideas and add your amazing projects to the gallery to inspire others this Christmas season!

Looking for more magical Christmas inspiration? Don't forget to check out the Scrapbook.com Holiday Gift Guide to get your wishlist started and Festive Christmas Craft Ideas to make spirits bright this season!

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