7 Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars For Green Families

December 1st is right around the corner! Are you ready for the countdown to the holidays? We usually have two types of advent calendars in our home each year. One calendar that focuses on a simple eco-friendly activity that we can do together each day and a second where we open a wrapped holiday book from our collection and read it together. Both of these advents are super easy and don’t require us to purchase anything new. Yet, they are both very special activities that we look forward to all year.

I have been looking for new ways to present the advent calendars this year. I have compiled a list of my top 7 favorites, all of which you can make using upcycled, eco-friendly or even recycled materials.

— I think number four would be fun for a couple – you could use organic wines!

Does your family celebrate with an advent calendar? Which kind?

1: Brown Paper Stars 2: Brown Paper Bags 3: Wine Bottles 4: White Paper Bags 5: Brown Paper Bags 6: Paper Trees 7: Wrapped Gifts and Brown Paper Bags

6 Responses to 7 Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars For Green Families

  1. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement November 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    My sister and i have been getting the store bought calendars ever since i can remember, but now that we have issues with the chocolate that comes in it, we don’t get them anymore.

    I LOVE all of these alternatives! Especially the organic wine ^.^

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. AngelaLilly November 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    # 1 is my fav with #7 being my 2nd fav…just love the nature theme and how natural it is…

  3. Sweet Greens November 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi Angie,

    I really like those two as well!

  4. Sweet Greens November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    Ooooo. Me too! I might have to do an organic wine one this year!

  5. AngelaLilly November 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm #


  6. Tricia Hogbin November 24, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I make our advent calender out of leaves. There’s a pic on the blog today: http://www.littleecofootprints.com/2012/11/calm_christmas.html. We gather fallen leaves, number them with 1- 24 and then peg them onto a piece of string.

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