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DIY Advent Calendar

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My kids have always enjoyed having an Advent Calendar for keeping track of the days left until Christmas! A Christmas Countdown Calendar is a great way to keep add some enjoyment to the anticipation of the holiday.  This year we worked together to make a DIY Advent Calendar that we can re-use year after year.

DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.

The general idea of the DIY Advent Calendar is pretty simple, since it is made out of paper mache boxes. We picked up paper mache boxes in all different shapes and sizes, and then decorated the boxes and arranged them in a Christmas tree shape. The kids can one box a day during the month of December.

DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.

I envisioned this as a fairly simple project, but my daughters had much grander plans! They ended up spending hours decorating the boxes, and used all kinds of scrapbook paper and decorative items on the boxes, along with glitter paint and ribbon. Arranging the boxes in the Christmas tree shape was another undertaking, since they disagreed on the best way to arrange the boxes. But the final result was worth all the effort, and I know we are going to use it for years to come!

DIY Advent Calendar

Supplies:

  • 25 Paper Mache Boxes
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Decorating supplies like glitter glue, findings, sequins, ribbon and more
  • 1/4 thick sheet of wood
  • Wood stain
  • Double stick tape

Directions:

  1. Paint the edges of the boxes in a variety of colors.Painting the boxes for the Advent Calendar
  2. Cut scrapbook paper to cover the lids of the boxes and glue it on the lids.
  3. Add more decorations to the lids if desired using what ever decorating supplies you have.DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.
  4. Arrange the boxes in a Christmas tree shape. We ended up using 25 boxes instead of the more traditional 24 because we found it was easier to arrange the boxes with one extra. And no one will mind having an extra box to open on the 24th!
  5. Cut a piece of thin wood to fit the shape. We used a 3′ x 6′ piece of 1/4″ thick wood and cut it a little bit smaller.
  6. Stain the wood and let it dry.
  7. Attach the boxes with double stick tape, and then fill them with candy or small toys or whatever works for your family.DIY Advent Calender - an easy Christmas Countdown Calendar made from paper mache boxes.

Our DIY Advent Calender looks great on the hearth next to our fireplace. Let me know what you are doing to get ready for the holidays!

By on November 20th, 2015

11 thoughts on “DIY Advent Calendar”

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