Craft-based advent calendars are usually a DIY effort. But if you don’t want to make your own this post is for you!
Pick up one (or two) of these Crafty Advent Calendars to fill your December with creativity!
Everything in the Box Kits
These craft-based advent calendars are a one stop shop for creativity. You may need a few extra art cupboard staples like glue and markers, but these are relatively self-contained kits.
We loved the Crayola one so much we’ve gotten it twice!
- Crayola Christmas Countdown Activity Advent Calendar
- PC The Purple Cow Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar
- Perler Advent Calendar 3D Christmas Fused Bead Kit
- Play-Doh Advent Calendar
- Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar
- Oolstormsty 24 Days Fun Creative DIY Arts & Crafts
- CARDFUN Christmas Gifts Advent Calendar: 24 DIY Arts and Crafts for Kids
Story-Led Crafty Books
These amazing books combine a Christmas story with a daily activity. You’ll need to bring together supplies for each day, but the heart warming story will keep you coming back and on track.
- How Winston Delivered Christmas
- How Winston Came Home for Christmas
- Peter Rabbit: Christmas is Coming: A Christmas Countdown Book
- Cat Family Christmas: A lift-the-flap advent book (12 days)
Strictly Activity-filled Books for Kids
Without fancy stories, these books hop right into the activity. Some only need a pen and markers, while others are craft instruction manuals that you’ll need to supply extras for.
I’m really intrigued by the Adventivity Book. How cute would creating a paper village over the month be? Plus there’s another daily activity to do!
- Usborne: Countdown to Christmas
- Christmas Is Coming! An Advent Book
- Advent Calendar 2021 Countdown to Christmas Activity Book for Kids: Coloring Pages, Mazes, Word Searches and More!
- Christmas Countdown: An Adventivity Book – Build one house a day to create your own Christmas Village
- Only 24 More Sleeps! A Christmas Countdown Activity Book for Kids Ages 5 to 7
- Advent Calendar: DIY Christmas Ornaments 24 Activities
- Unicorn Advent Calendar Coloring Book for Kids
Advent Activity Books for Adults
Christmas isn’t just for kids! Adults can have a craft-based advent calendar full of things to do with these books. For example, I adore the Gnome colouring book, don’t you?
- Advent: Recipes and crafts for the countdown to Christmas
- Christmas Gnomes Advent Calendar Coloring Book
Advent is a very special time for Christians. The following books combine crafting with daily or weekly devotionals. As a result they would make a beautiful enhancement to the typical commercial advent calendar.
- Christmas Advent: Family Adventure Calendar, Activities, and Devotionals
- Countdown to Christmas Journal & Coloring Book: Coloring, Cooking, Poetry, Traditions, Games & Creativity
- Advent Devotions & Christmas Crafts for Families: 24 Scripture Reflections & Simple Projects to Anticipate Christ’s Birth
Or DIY Your Crafty Advent
If none of these suit your needs, check out my list of kid-friendly Christmas activities to make your own custom calendar. Also check out my 2022 DIY Advent Calendar for ideas!