The cutest countdowns

November 07, 2014

Hey there everybody! Happy FRIDAY! Can you believe how fast the time is going? It was JUST August. It’s freaking me out.

Did you realize there are less than 50 days till Christmas? Let me repeat…LESS THAN 50 DAYS. Errrrybody freak out! OK, seriously, you won’t see much Christmas decor here till later this month but it’s become a fun tradition for me to share cute Christmas countdown ideas every year.

I share them early just in case you want to DIY one for your family – or if you just want to buy one and make sure it’s still in stock. ;)

I was in Target last week and they had a bunch of countdowns and all were super cute:

target advent calendar

I thought this little house was adorable. And it’s an easy one – no stuff, no candy. Just a countdown. :)

This one was cute and the back of each ornament had an event or treat you can do with the kids:

tree advent calendar

I’d check them each out just to make sure you are willing to do said things. Ha!

And because little trinkets and candy are just fun – this one had little drawers just for that:

target advent calendar

They were REALLY small though. If you have more than one kiddo it may not work. ;)

I saw this one at Kirkland’s weeks ago and had to share:

snowman advent calendar kirklands

I just think he is the cutest!

I found this beautiful hanging advent on Etsy:

fabric advent calendar(source)

There’s so many details to it! I just love this one – it reminds me of something similar I had as a child.

Pottery Barn never disappoints with their advent selection:

pottery barn advent calendar


Seriously…I’m going to make this one and save myself the $150. For real. But if you don’t want to DIY I’m not mad at ya – I think this is super cute and you could add whatever you want to the clips!

I loved this Rudolph one from PB as well:

rudolph advent calendar

So cute!

Let’s talk DIY versions, shall we? The easiest one by far is printing off fun projects/events for each day. Well the easy part is just printing and cutting them out – the hard part is in actually doing each event. ;) I loved these ideas you can print out and use:



The best part about these is you can determine what event goes with what day – so read a story could be a week night and movie night could be over a weekend. I love the idea of these – it’s all about being with family and making memories, right?

I’ve shared this idea before but it’s so dang cute I have to share a couple new versions. This one’s pretty easy too – just print out the Santa head and grab some cotton balls:

santa beard advent printable


That one you can print out and let the kids color.

If you want one already ready to go check out this cutie:

santa beard advent printable


LOVE the Santa face on the mason jar as well. :) Super easy right? Print it out and pile up some cotton balls!

If you’re looking for a countdown that’s a little more decorative I love this chalkboard idea:

chalkboard advent calendar


It may not be as fun for the kids but you know, I haven’t met a child who doesn’t like any kind of countdown. The anticipation is half the fun!

I think this idea is pretty and probably tons of fun for you the kids to open up everyday:

DIY roll advent calendar


She used toilet paper rolls but paper towel rolls cut up would work as well. Or just simply rolling some card stock to make the tube. I like that you can use festive papers to customize it too. The kids could help decorate it after you fill them up. :)

Years ago when the Bub was just a little babe I decorated these little boxes:

DIY Christmas advent boxes It was a labor of love – they took a while. But they are still doing great and we pull them out every year. I think they are so adorable!

We do a mix of treats and things like “drive around a look at Christmas lights” kind of things. Every year I plan on attaching them to something but I kind of like that we can put them out anywhere:

advent box craft

I gotta say…looking at these gets me excited. :) :) We are Christmas nuts around here so it’s hard to wait!

Do you have an advent calendar? Have you ever made your own? You can see more of my advent posts from years past here, here and here for more inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. I love all the ways that there are to show the Count Down. I did one back in Oct. for my daughter to use with my grandson's. check it out on my blog.

  2. OMG that Pottery Barn one? I think I need to DIY one up as well. Like, stat. ;)

  3. Such cute ideas! It's hard to choose just one. I am very excited to be decorating for Christmas this year. It is our first Christmas in a home that we own!

  4. Too Cute!!!

  5. I have an old school one, similar style to the PB Rudolph. We'll call it Vintage. :) It was ours when we were kids. With three kids of our own, the only thing that fits is mini candy canes. I love the one you're gonna diy. Too stinkin cute. Have you seen the Playmobil ones? I die over the awesomeness. I got one after Christmas last year and cannot WAIT to get it out of the attic!

  6. We just moved into a single family home and I have room for Christmas stuff! We had a small townhouse before and I am excited to have some fun decorating! My Christmas decorations currently are limited to one Rubbermaid box (excluding tree and lights).

  7. Ha, I just posted about my advent calendars today too. My kiddos are in university so I made personalized calendars that I could mail to them. You can see them here:

    When the kids were young, we had an advent calendar with little pockets and the kids would just take turns getting a chocolate so they only got one every third night. It worked out well and then there wasn't quite such a sugarfest for all of December. I like your round-up.

  8. Thanks heaps for sharing my Santa Christmas countdown with the cotton balls. Love all the other calendars too, such a neat round up. x

  9. Yes, I love the santa countdown! Even though it is me and my 15 year old daughter here only, I think I am going to print it out and use it. So cute!!!!!!!!

  10. Love the chalkboard idea and added decoration for Christmas inspiration! Thanks for all the Christmas countdown ideas!

  11. My hubby and I had the same thought at the same time while scrolling through these - we're going to make a scrap wood version of the snowman! I love him, he doesn't take up a lot of room and there are no pieces to lose! Yay!! We've been looking for the perfect calender for our family for years and I believe this is it, I'm so glad you posted these!!

  12. Just spoke with daughter who went to Penney's today, said they were playing Christmas music in store and mall. (Grand Junction, CO)
    Sure enjoyed this post, all the cute Advent calendars. Have to admit, don't recall if we ever had one with our kids but they sure are cute and fun looking. Think I'd love to do the Santa face with cotton balls one. So glad you posted all the great choices. Thanks. Happy weekend and season

  13. Wow, so many different advent calenders and all of them are unique and lovely! Thank you for inspiring me and thank you for sharing. Oh yes, we do love christmas!!!
    Have a wonderful time and all my best from Austria

  14. I have a wall hanging that serves as a countdown to Christmas. I could never remember to update it every morning, but now my kids do it - they never forget! And I am currently making an advent calendar. It has numbered pockets made from felt and a tree on top. Each pocket will have treats or ornaments, and the ones that fall on weekends will have activities. I'm really excited for this!

    Thanks for the fun post - love the inspiration!

  15. I have that snowman countdown from Kirklands, only I got it at Gordmans last year. I LOVE him. He's so cute and I love turning his little carrot nose every day! I don't have kids yet but love all your advent calendar ideas and will be saving them for someday when we do have kids. :)

  16. I love these ideas. They are so doable and affordable! Thanks for sharing:)

  17. A lot of these ideas are stunning - I do love the make your own father christmas template, there are a lot of great things, my sister has this great wall sticker that looks great during the winter holidays!

  18. Great, awesome, fabulous ideas! I love the Pottery Barn one, for obvious reasons, but would love to attempt a DIY on that. You go first, please! Lol.

  19. We have an advent calendar that we use every year. It looks something like your second and third pictures. I love to see the different calendars and prizes that people come up with. My kids just want candy and candy it is!


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