Link Roundup: Making an Advent Calendar

If you have dreams of making an advent calendar for yourself or your family, now's the time to get started! They're great fun to make, and a lovely tradition year after year. (If you've ever wondered where the advent calendar comes from, Wikipedia has an interesting article.)

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If you have kids, here are some advent calendar designs they can help make:

Make this adorable snowman advent, from My Little Mochi (via Kiddley).

The Crafty Chica created this advent calendar made from paper cups. Kids would have a great time filling them with advent treats!

The whole family can get involved in making this simple and cute advent banner, from Family Fun.com.

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If you want to make an advent calendar in fabric, here's some inspiration:

I adore this beautiful felt pocket advent banner, from Allsorts. (And while you're at it, Jenny, the author of Allsorts, started a Creative Advent Calendars group on Flickr, which is mind-blowingly inspiring.)

This simple felt circle garland advent, by Shizzyknits, is wonderful, too - each day has a chocolate gold coin attached.

Sunshine's Creations has a tutorial for this wonderful yo-yo advent calendar.

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If you're a papercrafter, take a look at these advent calendar designs:

One Hour Craft designed these amazing advent trees, made from recycled magazine pages.

Cookie sheet advent calendars made a big splash last year. Here's a great tutorial from Pretty In Ink

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. . . And, if you're of a more mixed-media bent, here are some great eclectic advents:

Crafty Gal Linda did the cookie sheet idea one better, by using a pizza pan, along with all kinds of interesting objects.

I admit, I'm just a little bit in love with this advent, which is made from plastic water bottle caps, from HGTV.

The Scrappy Chick created this great advent calendar, built on a clipboard.

Finally the year for the Advent Calendar

First off, the advent calendar you made (that Diane posted about last year) is one of my favorite crafts/stories around. I love it.

I've always wanted to make an advent calendar - every year I keep thinking I'm going to do it, and never do. I finally signed up for an advent calendar class for this year (http://futurecraftcollective.com/?p=50) . I'm determined to make it happen! :)

I love seeing all the variety!