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How to create an Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are a great way to count down to Christmas. Traditionally this is done with a ready bought card and paper picture with chocolate tucked away inside.

Although this is great fun, of course for the finder but quickly over with, by creating your own calendar you can have great fun not only putting it together but also seeing it being opened and it can include poems, messages, gifts, tasks or of course treats.. which ever you like. When my kids were young and learning to read, I used to write a simple clue as to where to find the treat. Needless to say: reading became great fun! So there really are lots of ways, this old fashioned countdown to Christmas can be used…not just a box of chocolates literally!

And on top of all that, homemade advent calendar look fab too…just recently looking at pinterest, there seems to be no end to people’s creativity.

How to create an ‘Advent Calendar’

Here are a couple of ideas:

You will need:

  • Paper bags …any size will do
  • Paper boxes
  • Twine (Bakers twine, jute or paper twine)
  • Vintage number sticker
  • Kraft stickers and number rubber stamps
  • A nice mature dried out wooden branch

How to make: Version A

  • Create 24 or 25 small paper bags packages filled with goodies / messages of your choice.
  • Seal the packs with bit of sticky tape.
  • Tie the twine round each packets/bags and secure each with a number 1-25
  • Tie the bags loosely to the branch a varying lengths in order or not as you wish.

How to make: Version B

  • Create 25 small boxes filled with goodies / messages of your choice.• Seal boxes and label with number
  • Arrange the boxes in a row of 9 boxes: number 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17
  • Place another 7 on top of these: Numbers 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10
  • And then another 5 : numbers 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
  • Next on top of these, a row of 3 : numbers 4, 3, 2
  • And finish off with number 1 of top

You now have a perfect Christmas tree shaped box full of tricks (and treats)

How to make: Version C

  • Using our Kraft bags with white labels for this project.
  • Create your packages and seal with red wax and seal

Download How to create an ‘Advent Calendar’ craft idea in pdf format (82kb)