15 best craft advent calendars 2022: sewing, stationery and more

Get creative this Christmas with these craft advent calendars

A collage of the best craft advent calendars 2022
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Keen crafters can feed their inner Christmas creativity with this list of the best craft advent calendars for 2022.

Non chocolate advent calendars (opens in new tab) have come a long way in recent years, with demand through the roof for beauty advent calendars (opens in new tab) and the best toy advent calendars (opens in new tab). And we've noticed a fair few craft-based advent calendars cropping up this year that are sure to keep both kids and adults entertained.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro after a 24-day sewing project, wanting to try something new - like a paint-along watercolour calendar - or looking for something unusual to keep the kids occupied during advent, there’s a whole host of options out there. Read on to discover our pick of the best craft advent calendars for 2022.

15 best craft advent calendars 2022:

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1. Hemline Crafting Advent Calendar - View at Dunelm (opens in new tab)

RRP: £35 | Delivery: Standard | Available: Now 

Perfect for dedicated crafters, young sewists or new hobbyists, this advent calendar from sewing essential brand Hemline includes everything from needles and thread to a pin cushion and tape measure. Even novice dressmakers will be well equipped by Christmas! Sure to keep you busy on those chilly December nights, this advent calendar makes a great gift for a loved one who's just started their sewing journey.


2. Mini Envelope Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

2. Mini Envelope Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

RRP: £13.90 | Delivery: Standard | Available: Now 

This one's a great choice for those who prefer a homemade advent calendar. The sweet gold and white set comes with a stand with feet, a sticker sheet, 24 envelopes, and 24 note cards. Write on the note cards, and fill each envelope with a personal treat - from vouchers and small trinkets to meaning full messages - and open them every day in the run-up to Christmas! 


3. Christmas Tree Pop and Slot Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

3. Christmas Tree Pop and Slot Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £14.99 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

Tired of watching re-runs and playing board games to pass the time over Christmas? Round up the family to construct this adorable treehouse advent calendar from greetings card manufacturer Roger La Borde. Another great thing about this advent calendar is that you can reuse it year after year, or simply keep it as a special Christmas decoration once it's fully assembled. Roger La Borde has many more pop and slot advent calendars to choose from too, including a Nativity scene (opens in new tab), a night before Christmas house (opens in new tab), and even a Christmassy dinosaur advent calendar (opens in new tab).


4. Digital Download Watercolour Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

4. Digital Download Watercolour Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

RRP: £6.00 | Delivery: Free download | Available: Now 

We love the interactive element to this watercolour advent calendar, that's had hundreds of five-star reviews on Etsy. Once you've downloaded the calendar sheet that comes in the kit and printed it out, the idea is that you'll follow a different watercolour YouTube tutorial every day in the countdown to Christmas, painting your creation onto the calendar. A hell of a lot more wholesome than chocolate advent calendars, it's a great advent activity for those new to painting or wanting to brush up on old skills. 


5. Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar - View at Menkind (opens in new tab)

5. Plasticine Christmas Advent Calendar - View at Menkind (opens in new tab)

RRP: £18.00 | Delivery: Express/Standard | Available: Now 

Learn how to make a new and fantastically festive model each day in the countdown to Christmas with this fun 24 door plasticine calendar. From a reindeer to a Christmas pudding to crackers and presents, there are figures to test everyone's modelling skills in this set. And the good thing is, this particular plasticine never dries out, meaning you can recreate your favourites again and keep it in the cupboard until next year's festivities. Suitable for ages five and over, this advent calendar is great for both creative kids and adults who want to get crafting this Christmas.


6. The Purple Cow Arts and Crafts Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

6. The Purple Cow Arts and Crafts Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £29.95 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

There's nothing like some Christmas crafts for kids to get them into the festive spirit. And thankfully this handy calendar has a seasonal craft wrapped up and ready to go for every day during the lead up to Christmas, providing hours of entertainment for children during the holidays. Kick things off on day one with an easy beaded star Christmas tree decoration and progress all the way through to Christmas Eve with a homemade Reindeer card. You'll find all the bits needed to craft, plus a colourful manual with written and image-based instructions. 


7. Hama Bead Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

7. Hama Bead Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £17.00 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

This Hama bead advent calendar is sure to keep kids quiet for half an hour or so in the build-up to Christmas. The sweet set features beads, stencils and behind each door is a Hama bead inspired festive design to recreate, including a Christmas tree, a penguin and a star. Once finished, the creative decorations are perfect for hanging on the Christmas tree or using as gift tags. Irons at the ready mum and dad! 


8. Aquabeads Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

8. Aquabeads Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £20.06 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

If you like the idea of the Hama bead advent calendar but aren't sure about getting the iron out every day before Christmas, this Aquabead advent calendar might be for you. Similar to ironing beads, the Aquabeads craft beads magically connect, but instead by by spraying water. The set includes beads with 24 Christmassy templates, as well as a stand for the finished creations, or if you want something slightly different, there's a farm-themed version (opens in new tab) too.


9. Fluffy Slime Advent Calendar - View at OnBuy (opens in new tab)

9. Fluffy Slime Advent Calendar - View at OnBuy (opens in new tab)

RRP: £11.99 | Delivery: Standard | Available: Now 

For kids who can't get enough of slime time, this advent calendar is perfect. The 24 door set gives includes 12 pre-made slimes in various vibrant colours, and on the other 12 days you'll find fabulous accessories to pimp up the slime - think foam balls, different colour glitter and little toy charms. Have your kids mix up the components and see what special slime they can create. 


10. Play-Doh Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

10. Play-Doh Advent Calendar - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £29.99 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

Young crafters will love getting their hands busy with this fun Play-Doh advent calendar set by Hasbro. The advent calendar includes 24 surprises in total, including five tubs of Play-Doh plus two Sparkle cans for some extra Christmas dazzle, as well as lots of fun moulds, cute Christmas accessories and a pair of plastic scissors to help them construct their colourful creations too. Perfect for making little festive models and decorations, this is another crafting calendar that can be used year after year. 


11. Amigurumi Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

11. Amigurumi Advent Calendar - View at Etsy (opens in new tab)

RRP: £26.52 | Delivery: Free digital download | Available: Now 

For the more advanced crafters and crochet lovers in particular, an amigurumi advent calendar makes for a unique and thoughtful gift. Similar to crochet, amigurumi is the Japanese art of making 3D animals from yarn, and this set includes 24 cute patterns to follow. There are a couple of festive inclusions, such as a Christmas tree and a candle, as well some other adorable objects including a kettle and a smiling croissant. Keep the finished creations for yourself or use them as special stocking fillers and festive decorations.


12. The Nativity: Countdown to Christmas - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

12. The Nativity: Countdown to Christmas - View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: £5.39 | Delivery: Next day/Standard | Available: Now 

For a simpler crafting calendar, this colouring book is great for teaching kids about the Nativity story in the lead up to Christmas. The simplified story is supported with scripture references on every page if parents or older children want to follow along, but the pictures are large and simple drawings so kids of all ages can have fun colouring the pages.


13. The Big Stationery Advent Calendar 2022 - View at Paperchase (opens in new tab)

13. The Big Stationery Advent Calendar 2022 - View at Paperchase (opens in new tab)

RRP: £45.00 | Delivery: Standard | Available: Now

This gorgeous gingerbread house advent calendar is full of all your stationary favourites to keep you going until next year! Containing £100 worth of the very best stationery, a 2023 diary and a £5 Paperchase voucher, this advent calendar is a stationary lover's dream. And to top it off, if you're the lucky golden pen recipient, you'll receive a £200 voucher too.


14. Stitch a Day Embroidery Calendar - View at Uncommon Goods (opens in new tab)

14. Stitch a Day Embroidery Calendar - View at Uncommon Goods (opens in new tab)

RRP: £51.00 | Delivery: Express/Standard | Available: Now 

Another one for fans of sewing, the Stitch a Day advent calendar includes a 12" hoop and fabric, as well as embroidery floss in seven different festive colours. The easy to follow instructions feature 12 different stitches, making this project both welcoming to newbies and seasoned pros who want to learn a few more techniques. By Christmas Day you'll have a beautiful piece of embroidery that can be used as a seasonal decoration for years to come.


15. Christmas Advent Calendar Hand Embroidery Kit - View at Not on the High Street (opens in new tab)

15. Christmas Advent Calendar Hand Embroidery Kit - View at Not on the High Street (opens in new tab)

RRP: £32.99 | Delivery: Standard | Available: Now 

This embroidery kit encourages the whole household to get involved with creating a festive project for advent. The set includes needles and eight colours of floss as well as two square of fabric, though you can stitch the designs  wherever you like - perhaps onto a set of napkins ready for Christmas dinner. The step-by-step instructions included are designed to accommodate beginners, so if you're thinking of trying something new this season look no further than this creative project!

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Ellie joined Goodto as a Junior Features Writer in 2022 after finishing her Master’s in Magazine Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. Previously, she completed successful work experience placements with BBC Good Food, The Big Issue and the Nottingham Post, and freelanced as an arts and entertainment writer alongside her studies. In 2021, Ellie graduated from Cardiff University with a first-class degree in Journalism.