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10 Easy ideas to make your own advent calendar

Stock up on supplies and make your own advent calendar. These easy ideas are fun crafts that the whole family can get involved in.


Chalkboard spray is handy for spraying a wall or piece of masonite / hardboard to make a unique advent calendar. Now you have the choice of using conventional black chalkboard spray, or using coloured chalkboard spray paint.

Make up a batch of salt dough to craft numbers for pretty, ribbon wrapped boxes. Choose a colour theme for your boxes and coordinate wrapping paper and ribbons.

Cut out a Christmas tree shape from a piece of pine and add hooks. Make up festive fabric sachets, tied off with coordinating ribbon and filled with homemade candies.

Dress up a rustic stepladder and use to display handmade paper packets. Embellish the packets with holiday images and fill with festive treats, health snacks or inexpensive gifts. Make small paper hearts and attach these to wooden clothes pegs to close the packets.

Card and tissue paper cones are easy to make and can be filled with snacks or treats. Close the bags with a length of string to hang up and add printed out numbers.

Use leftover fabrics or scraps from the bargain bin to make up colourful sachets to hang on a staircase or over a fireplace. Choose coordinating ribbon and cut out felt numbers for each bag. 

Cut out a reindeer shape from 3mm white masonite. Paint a red border around the edge of shape with acrylic paint. Wrap boxes with colourful patterned wrapping paper and tie onto the reindeer shape with thin ribbon.

Recycle matchboxes and last year's wrapping paper, and print out number decals to make a pretty advent calendar. Fill each individual box with a special message or surprise treat.

Here's another chalkboard advent calendar idea. Small brown packets are filled with festive treats. You will find small clothes pegs at craft and hobby stores.

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