My DIY Christmas Advent Calendar (with a Free Printable!)

This DIY Christmas advent calendar is made using antique French grain sifters and muslin bags, plus click below to download each day's printable for free!

Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas

I am one of the many that truly loves Christmas. Growing up, we always had a birthday cake for Jesus, and made sure to remember the reason for the season. I continue to do so as an adult, and I really enjoy everything that Christmas brings. The joy and cheer, the music, the decorations. It's all so beautiful to me, and as Oprah would say, "5 star joy!!". 

Since the month of December can become so saturated with parties and gatherings, having an advent calendar is a lovely way to take a little moment out of each day to remember the spirit of Christmas. 

Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas

I remember having advent calendars growing up, but I haven't had one in many years. Truth be told, I didn't really know the history of the advent calendar. I knew it stemmed back to a saint, but I didn't realize that originally the advent began much earlier than Christmas.

What is Advent?
Advent is the four-week period beginning on the Sunday nearest the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) through the following three Sundays. Historians estimate that Advent, which derives from the Latin word for coming, has been celebrated since the fourth century. The period originally began as a time for converts to Christianity to prepare for baptism, but is now more commonly associated with the anticipation of the anniversary of Christ’s birth on December 25.

Of course, our modern traditions show the advent beginning on December 1st and leading towards Christmas. Nonetheless, I believe it is a way to be mindful of the Christmas season. Whether you are religious and celebrate each day with a bible verse, or you simply want to soak up every day leading up to Christmas, an advent calendar is a wonderful way to fully enjoy the holidays. 

I really am excited about this advent calendar because I think it turned out so darling, it is hung in our dining room, and every time I walk by it, I smile so big. I think this is because sitting down to make this calendar was incredibly fulfilling. Lately, I have been so busy that I haven't had a single second to enjoy my hobbies. I have been going going going...and the past three months have slipped away from me. So getting to sit down, pull out my craft supply boxes, and enjoy a few hours making something with my hands was pure joy. 

I hope that whether you decide to make an advent calendar this year or not, that you are able to find time to slowing down and do something you love. It we aren't careful, three months, turns into three years, and three years turns into ten...and before we know it, we've blinked and missed the whole thing. 

Christmas advent calendar / simple farmhouse christmas


in grain sifters with free printable tags & daily inserts


Step 1: Cut out the tags and daily inserts, I used a slide cutter! Then fold them in half. I love my slide cutter - it makes cutting paper so easy! 

Step 2: Fill each baggie with a daily task, quote, verse, or treat! Then decorate each bag - I stamped mine with farm animals and used glue strips to secure the daily tags, bells, ribbons, pine cones, etc... to them.

Step 3: Attach each baggie to the sifter. I used earring studs to secure them. 

Step 4: Enjoy!!