Easy, fast and beautiful Advent Calendar

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Surprisingly enough, Christmas is coming again this year ;) As I’m going through some (positive) changes in my offline life, here’s a little tutorial from last year for you.

Time flies, and it’s only a little more than a month until Christmas. If you need a last-minute advent calendar which is easy to make, looks great and doesn’t cost a fortune, go on reading:

You need:

  • a sheet of Scrapbooking paper (12″x12″)
  • a piece of sturdy carton in the same size (old vinyl record covers work great!)
  • Paper Glue
  • scissors, cutter knife, cutting mat
  • a 3/4 inch circle punch or stamps/stickers with numbers
  • thin ribbon
  • hole punch, for example the Crop-a-Dile
  • 24 printedstories/recipes/quotes (I can’t offer mine for download because I don’t own the copyright).

The basis for each calendar is a simple 12×12 sheet of scrapbooking paper glued to a 12×12 piece of sturdy cardboard. I used a 3/4 inch circle punch to create numbers in matching colors. If you like, you can download my numbers-in-circles design, print and punch (3 color schemes on one sheet).

Beneath the numbers, I used my crop-a-dile to punch small holes through the calendar. If you don’t have a crop-a-dile, you can use an eyelet tool or a hole punch out of daddy’s toolbox. Punch two extra holes in the upper left and right corner, so the calendar can be hung to the wall.

As you can see, I chose to stamp the numbers directly on the dots of this beautiful paper.
I chose 24 short stories, poems, recipes etc. and printed them on high quality paper. I folded and/or rolled the sheets, tied them to a pretty ribbon and threaded the ribbons through the calendars’ holes. A square knot on the back – that’s it. I used a small IKEA Allen wrench to push the ribbons through the holes. If you give the calendar to a couple, you can use two different ribbon colors for them to take turns in opening the gifts.

Here’s another version …

… with a tinted mirror snowflake as an embellishment.

This tutorial was first published in 2009.

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  1. Aikku says:

    I love your blog and handmade items. This Xmas calendar is nic idea.
    I used the same idea 10 years ago for a baby boy of my friend. I wrote quotes for him. Now he is old enough to read them himself but maybe he need 10 to 15 more years to understand all those words of wisdom. =)

    Thank you for sharing your calendar.

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