The Countdown Is On With These DIY Advent Calendars

I broke down this year and bought the cheap chocolate advent calendars from Aldi. I remember being so thrilled to open up the little windows each day and didn't want to deprive my littles of that same experience. Plus chocolate in the morning = YES PLEASE.

We also put up an activity-based one every year, and I've been doing a little net sleuthing for ideas. If you're looking for something fresh to count down the days till Christmas, check them out.

Fun, festive balloon advent calendar from Not on the High Street. If all 24 would stay inflated until Christmas, I'd do this in a yuletide heartbeat.

Simplicity is the key with this one. We've got a ton of origami paper that would make this a cinch. From Pars Caeli.

Because big, colorful baubles are always welcome around the holidays...and any other time of year. Via the crafty wizards at The House that Lars Built.

And for more clean, minimal vibes, this one from C'est Bientot Noel is pretty and inspiring.

One year we will conquer the Christmas village. Why not make it a twofer with a little number paint? From Delia Creates.

This is more work than the rest, although you could just make a one dimensional version. It's pretty enough to leave up all winter. Made by DIY With Love.

So tell us: What's your advent calendar? Do you stick with the same one every year or switch it up?

P.S. Here is the one we made last year :)

And this year's:

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