fun advent calendars (round up)

posted by the scholar on November 13th, 2007
filed under: design, food, for kids, home accessories, paper, textiles, wood

when i was a kid (do i sound like an old lady?) i enjoyed the anticipation of christmas as much as the holiday itself. having all those little doors to open on a festively colored advent calendar tacked to the window or wall was a wonderful tradition in my house, and is something i associate with the spirit of the season, good will, and the warmth of moments spent with friends and family; in other words, the essence of the holiday. please enjoy this selection of traditional, contemporary and just plain creative interpretations of this annual holiday item.


traditional german paper with glitter from strictly christmas


embroidered cotton from german artist morningflower’s dawanda shop


vintage sewn fabric from the uk artist rowsewcreative’s etsy shop


wood and mirrored tabletop from target


felt with applique and embroidery from the land of nod


painted wood from stonewall kitchen


embroidered felt from chicago artist bedside banner’s etsy shop


vintage pants and denim from german artist ebiko’s etsy shop


contemporary paper by sarah curedale at boston’s mfa shop

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handmade chocolate truffles from portland’s moonstruck chocolates



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8 Responses to “fun advent calendars (round up)”

  1. Bri Says:

    Gigi, these are so much fun! I always loved the chocolate advent calenders my mom would get every year. It was so fun, and even better when I forgot for a few days, and got to eat, like three chocolates at once! I think I like the felt one with the little bags hanging from it the most. It would be so much fun to dream up little gifts to stuff in each one. Seeds, candies, a little amethyst crystal, some beads for a craft project…oh where the imagination could go.

  2. the scholar Says:

    hi bri,

    you are so imaginative with the little treasures you would put in those pockets! some of the other fabric ones are sewn on as pockets to achieve the tiny treat goal.

    nice to see you!

  3. sosser Says:

    love these finds, scholar! i’m a huge fan of the advent calendar tradition and the whole concept of building anticipation towards the big day. these would delight any child or child at heart 🙂

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi sosser,

    glad to know i’m not the only one who enjoys these calendars as a yearly treat.

    c u soon!

  5. Carson Says:

    Love the jean pockets advent calendar!
    Now why doesn’t it surprise me that you used to be in retail? 🙂
    Oh, and by the way thank you for your comment on my blog: yes, the peanut butter and dog-biscuit-stuffed Kongs work a treat!

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi carson,

    teehee – you are funny!

    i have to say the jean pockets are the most creative combination of recycling/upcycling and advent calendar making i have ever seen!

    this is good kong news – i have a friend who has boxers and they wore themselves out trying to get to get to the good bits in the middle of the toy! and i don’t even mean the underpants!

    thanks for the visit!

  7. Carson Says:

    gigi: hah! 🙂

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