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Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with these creative Christmas countdown crafts and DIY Advent calendar ideas.

Christmas Countdown Crafts

Christmas Countdown and DIY Advent Calendar Ideas

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A Little Bit of Christmas Magic – Favorite Ways to Count Down to Christmas

The first few weeks are a magical time. It’s not just about presents and treats. Advent season has arrived. Holiday gatherings fill the calendar. School break is in sight.

The anticipation at this time of year is palpable. Embrace the anticipation with a project that the whole family can get involved with by making one of these Christmas countdown crafts. 

There are so many unique ideas to choose from: signs, advent calendars, candles and other creative crafts for counting down to Christmas give you plenty of options to try a new idea every year.

Even if it’s mostly you doing the work, you might want to allow the little helpers to participate in your craft. They will feel SO accomplished once it’s finished!

Countdown to Christmas Crafts and DIYs

Christmas Countdown Crafts – A Fun Way to Celebrate the Season

1. DIY Christmas Countdown Sign

DIY Christmas Countdown Sign

This cute Christmas countdown sign from Craft Box Girls is picture-ready and the kiddos will be eager to flip the date everyday waiting for their favorite winter holiday.

2. DIY Christmas Countdown Candle

DIY Christmas Countdown Candle

Who knew a Christmas countdown craft could be so simple and elegant? This DIY Christmas countdown candle from The Merry Thought comes together in no time. Just print the calendar on sticker paper and apply it on a glass candle. Then, when December 1st rolls around, you can light this candle each evening.

3. Christmas Countdown Grain Sack Bags

Christmas Countdown Grain Sack Bags

Add a touch of rustic décor for the holidays with these gorgeous Christmas countdown grain sack bags from Tidbits. You can fill the bags with small gifts to keep kids of all ages and family happy while waiting for Santa to arrive.

4. Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

Fence Board Chalkboard Christmas Countdown

If you love a good repurposing craft and you have some scrap wood boards available, this craft is for you. I am sure the little ones will be so happy using this tree-shaped Christmas countdown sign from Marty’s Musings.

5. DIY Christmas Countdown Sign

Wood Shim DIY Christmas Countdown Sign

Sometimes a simple craft can deliver big results. Make this DIY Christmas countdown sign from The Girl Creative using two wood shims. Give it a paint job, and apply the vinyl design made with your Cricut or Silhouette machine.

P.S. – I’m a big fan of wood shim crafts, and this one is no exception.

6. Christmas Countdown Calendar With Cricut

DIY Christmas Countdown Calendar With The Cricut

If you have a Cricut machine, half the job is already done for you with this easy Christmas countdown calendar. Hey Let’s Make Stuff provides the free calendar SVG, so you just need to put your cutting machine to work!

P.S. – Looking for more holiday crafts to make with your cutting machine? Here are my favorite FREE Christmas cut files.

7. Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

paper bulb Christmas countdown garland

Get crafty with colorful paper, and make a festive Christmas light Advent calendar. You can pop a small candy inside each of the Christmas lights to enjoy every day. This is a great option even the young kids can help making.

8. Christmas Ornament Bulb Countdown

advent calendar with Christmas ornaments

This Christmas countdown idea makes my neutral-loving heart skip a beat, although you could make this in any color theme you like. Make this ornament Christmas countdown canvas, and choose to add an ornament or remove one each day until the big day.

9. DIY Christmas Tree Countdown Sign

DIY Christmas Tree Countdown Sign

Rustic décor and the winter holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly! If you’re up for a quick Christmas craft using your electronic cutting machine, try this simple yet gorgeous Christmas tree countdown sign from Burton Avenue.

It’s perfect for the kids to keep track of the Christmas countdown and serves as seasonal wall art too.

10. Minimalist Brown Paper Advent Calendar

Brown Paper Advent Calendar

This Minimalist Advent Calendar is such a great way to celebrate each day of the Christmas season. Write an activity inside each piece of paper for the family to enjoy each day.

11. DIY Christmas Advent Calendar With Mini Planted Trees

Christmas Advent Calendar With Mini Planted Trees

Is this DIY Christmas advent calendar a unique way to count down or what? Feel free to fill each pot with activity ideas, small treat, or little gifts for your child – and let the fun begin!

12. DIY Countdown Blocks

DIY Christmas Countdown Blocks

Staining and painting wood blocks is not difficult at all and totally worth it to make these Christmas countdown blocks from Our Handcrafted Life. Since it has a chalkboard area, and a classic design, this craft can be used to countdown for any other holiday or event.

13. Countdown Calendar With Dollar Store Supplies

Christmas Countdown Calendar With Dollar Store Supplies

Transform a Dollar Store wooden frame panel into a glamorous Christmas countdown calendar that will pretty up your home for the holidays. Putting it together is an effortless job, and you can paint the calendar in whatever color you like best.

14. Tree Shaped Wood Christmas Countdown

Wood tree Christmas countdown

If you like the look of wood countdown signs this post from Crafted By The Hunts offers two different versions you can choose from: a rectangle one and a Christmas tree-shaped one. They’re both equally stunning and would make the perfect addition to your holiday decor.

15. Pizza Pan Countdown Clock

Grab a metal pizza pan and transform it into a Christmas countdown clock craft using chalk paint and this FREE printable template. A fun dollar store craft to help prepare for Christmas!
Christmas Countdown Clock

Source: Christmas countdown clock from The Crazy Craft Lady

Grab a metal pizza pan and transform it into a Christmas countdown clock craft using chalk paint and a free printable template. This fun dollar store craft is perfect for counting down to Santa’s big visit.

16. A Candy Cane a Day until Christmas Day

Personalized Family Christmas Countdown Sign

Source: Candy Cane Christmas Countdown | Personalized Christmas Countdown Sign from Kooky Creations on Etsy

This fun family sign has a candy cane for each day leading up to Christmas. The only question that remains: which family member gets to eat the candy canes each day?

DIY Advent Calendars

17. Paper Bag Homemade Advent Calendar

Paper Bag Homemade Advent Calendar

Source: DIY Advent Calendar For Kids Christmas Countdown from Mom Hacks 101

This simple advent calendar is a perfect way to count down to December 25th. You probably have all the supplies on hand – you just need brown paper bags and clothespins. The creative possibilities are endless when it comes to filling to the paper bags. Add sweet treats or Christmas cookies for each day. Or add a slip or paper with a random act of kindness or other family activity to do each day.

18. Minimalist Farmhouse Style Advent Candles

Come see how to make this simple DIY farmhouse Advent wreath with a few supplies and natural elements. Use a platter to make a non-traditional Advent wreath with white candles.

Source: Minimalist Advent Wreath from The Crazy Craft Lady

Come see how to make this simple DIY farmhouse Advent wreath with a few supplies and natural elements. Use a platter to make a non-traditional Advent wreath with white candles.

19. Celebrate the Nativity Story with this Printable Countdown


Source: 12 Days of Christmas Nativity Countdown Printables from Over the Big Moon

Celebrate the Nativity Story with your young children with these printables that you open over 12 days. It’s a fun, interactive, activity that creates special family time each day – and it reinforces the true reason for the Christmas season.

20. DIY Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Tree

DIY Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Tree

Source: DIY Gingerbread House Advent Calendar Tree from The Ginger Home

Download, print, and assemble these little paper gingerbread houses. Then head to the grocery store to fill them with little holiday treats. Then, if you’re careful with these little houses (and print them on heavy-duty cardstock) you can save and re-use them next year.

Christmas Countdown Activities

Start a new family tradition for all your family members to enjoy this holiday season. Count down to Christmas with a memorable activity.

21. Paper Chain Christmas Countdown

christmas countdown - free printable paper chain template
Christmas Countdown Free Printable

Source: Paper Chain Christmas Countdown from The Crazy Craft Lady

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