Christmas Craft: Home Made Advent Calendar

30 November 2012

Do you remember my post a couple of weeks ago with loads of DIY Advent Calendar Ideas? Thank you to everyone that commented and left links to calendars you've made. It was fabulous to see all your handiwork. 

Well, my home made advent calendar is now finished. Just in the nick of time because it's the 1st December tomorrow. And I love it!  I can't believe it's actually just as I imagined it would be. I think as far as DIY advent calendars go, it's very pretty.

Inside each box there are two treats {small chocolates, sweets etc} and in some boxes there is also an activity for us to do that day. The activities are mainly for Oliver's benefit as Lydia doesn't really understand Christmas yet. Oliver loves making things and helping me to bake so there are lots of activities for us to do together.

Here's the list of our activities: 
Visit Father Christmas {1st}
Write a letter to Father Christmas {2nd}
Post your letter to Father Christmas {3rd}
Make paper snowflakes {5th}
Go to see Santa’s reindeer {8th}
Make Christmas lanterns {9th}
Put up the Christmas tree {11th}
Make Christmas tree decorations {12th}
Make paper chains {13th}
Go to the cinema {15th}
Make Christmas cookies {16th}
Make reindeer food {21st} 
Watch a Christmas film {22nd}
Make door hangers {23rd}
Open Christmas Eve hamper {24th}

Lydia's birthday is on 10th December {is my baby nearly two years old already?!} so we have a rule that we don't put up our tree or decorations until after her birthday. 

It might be a little late for you to make one for this year. But here's how I made it anyway.

You will need:
  • A blank canvas
  • Paint for canvas {I used some leftover emulsion paint that I found in the cellar}
  • Two paintbrushes
  • 24 small cardboard boxed with lids
  • Scrapbook paper in various colours and designs {or you could use Christmas wrapping paper}
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Printable numbers {that I found here}
  • Washi tape
Give your canvas two coats of paint, letting the paint dry completely between each coat
Build the boxes up {if they are 'flat pack' like mine were}
Measure and cut out 24 squares of paper from your scrapbook paper
Using the craft glue, stick the scrapbook paper to the lids of your boxes
Print out the numbers
Cut out each number or if you've got a circular punch of a similar size use that to save time
Glue the numbers to the lids using the craft glue
Arrange the boxes on the canvas and try to space them out equally
Glue the boxes to the canvas. I used craft glue but I think a hot glue gun would make them more secure.
For the finishing touch stick a strip of washi tape round the edge of the canvas.

I've just shown it to Oliver and his little face lit up and he said 'Wow! Did you make that Mummy?' Bless him. After all my hard work it's lovely to see how much he loves it. Lydia hasn't seen it yet but I'm sure she'll love the chocolates inside each box. Even Hubby was impressed {and it takes a lot to impress him!} he said it looks as good as one you'd buy in the shops!

Have you ever made your own Advent Calendar? 
Please feel free to share a link to your home made advent calendar, I would love to see them.


  1. This is awesome! I haven't got kids but I'm bookmarking it for the future!

    1. Thank you Emily :) I'll re-post this in early November 2013 lol !

  2. I love this - it looks amazing, great ideas with the activities kids just want the chocolate! x

  3. Have you ever been to Hobbycraft? You would absolutely love it there. It's such a great shop.


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