7 Ways to DIY a Modern Advent Calendar

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Count down to Christmas Day with a DIY advent calendar that matches your home’s style. This holiday tradition has age-old roots, but it doesn’t have to look that way! Each day of the month of December—until the 25th—has it’s own enclosure that reveals a gift when opened; candies, toys, kind messages. Find out how to make your own advent calendar below!

Photo: The Sweet Escape



This couldn’t get any easier! All you need to do is secure kraft boxes to a linen pin board. Head to Shim & Sons for details.


Acts of Kindness

Get into the holiday spirit with this project from Lovely Indeed that will inspire you to do good (like buy a present for someone in need or send a “thank you” note to the library).



More than just a calendar, this project from Oh Happy Day is a work of art. Fill the boxes with treats and hang in a thoughtful formation.



Geometric boxes hang from a white-painted branch in this modern display from A Merry Mishap.



Growing Spaces cut up copper pipe to contain rolled papers that suggest a daily Christmas-themed activity.


Metallic Tags

Recreate this super easy and modern calendar using shiny gift tags and this tutorial from We Are Scout.



Add colorful Christmas cheer to the wall with this DIY from The Sweet Escape.

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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