7 DIY Reusable Advent Calendars for a Sustainable Christmas


Advent calendars are a fun Christmas tradition for many families. It’s a great way to count down the days until Christmas day, and have mini gifts along the way.

Making your own DIY reusable advent calendar will help you reduce your waste by not having to buy store-bought advent calendars. Another plus is that you can fill your advent calendar with whatever you want!

There are many ways to fill your advent calendar, such as chocolate, candy, or any other consumable goodies. However, you can fill your advent calendar with things that aren’t food!

Some non-consumable advent calendar filler ideas:

  • Handwritten messages or drawings
  • Date or activity ideas
  • Small photos
  • Jewellery
  • Bookmarks
  • Christmas ornaments
  • Soap
  • Playing cards
  • A Christmas recipe to cook up
  • A craft to tackle

1. Hanging Matchbox Advent Calendar


This easy DIY advent calendar requires matchboxes, small pieces of wood and rope to hang them.

Add small items or write down activities to do, or names of people to write like this tutorial had done.


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