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DIY Advent Calendar – 3 simple ideas for Christmas calendars to make yourself

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The lead time for Christmas is half the fun of the holiday season. DIY advent calendars will help you and your children count the days and sometimes reward you with a sweet treat. Instead of buying the same commercially available version every year, however, you can try one of these handicrafts yourself at home. It is believed that former advent calendars were created in the form of simple chalk markings on doors or the burning of candles. The first printed Christmas calendar was created in the early 1900s, and since then we’ve enjoyed the novelty of checking every day until the big one finally comes.

Make 3 easy DIY advent calendars

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Chocolate has long been known as the choice of the Christmas calendar. Recently, however, we’ve seen an influx of designs made with beauty products, tea bags, and even pork stuffing. This suggests that we are a bit more flexible with our calendars and for this reason we are introducing you to the following DIY advent calendars. We pay particular attention to how easy to assemble and how durable they are, and above all how many goodies fit in.

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Plus, these ideas can be reused over the years and you’ll be surprised how creative you and your little one can get with them. Regardless of whether you want to make a kitschy, colorful version or an elegant DIY advent calendar, these 3 suggestions can provide the inspiration you need.

Make a DIY advent calendar with gift boxes

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Start the Christmas season early with these 25 foldable origami gift boxes. Fill these with some goodies to create the right Christmas mood before the party. You can also perfectly coordinate the small gift packaging with the daily countdown according to your taste.

Materials:

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  • 25 square sheets of paper (craft paper or white)
  • Cardboard box or cardboard packaging
  • Wrapping paper
  • Adhesive tape and double-sided tape
  • scissors
  • Bow (different colors)
  • Felt (different colors)
  • decorative beads
  • Pompoms
  • decorative gemstones
  • colored pencils
  • Sweets
  • small toys or children’s toys
  • Hot glue gun
  • 8 wooden skewers

Instructions:

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  • First, lay your paper pattern side down and fold it in half. Use a bone folder to pinch and crease the crease with it. Open the sheet, rotate it 90 degrees, and then fold it in half again. This time when you open the paper the folds should form a cross.
  • Then fold each corner towards the center of the sheet until your paper matches the model in the photo.
  • Then place the top and bottom sides in the middle of the sheet and then unfold it again. Repeat the process with the left and right sides.
  • The folded paper should look like the picture with all 4 corners meeting in the middle.
  • Then take your square and fold the bottom edge towards the center. Repeat for the other side until you have formed a rectangle. Open this up, rotate it 90 degrees, and do the same thing again.
  • First, lift two opposing triangles until you fold the top flap together. You’ll need to pull these up to form the side of your box. This is where you may need to use some hot glue.
  • If necessary, apply a thin layer of glue to each flap and let it dry.
  • When you’re done, the flap should easily fit onto the box to form the origami gift box. Now only do 24 of them.

Make the rest:

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  • Next, stick each mini-present with the double-sided tape, tie it with the bow and apply the numbers 1-25 with the colored pencils.

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  • Decorate the white boxes with the felt and the decorative elements using the scissors and the hot glue gun. Don’t forget to add the numbers.

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  • Tape the corners of the large cardboard box to create a square.
  • Use the hot glue to attach the 8 wooden skewers to the inside and outside corners.

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  • Then wrap the entire cardboard box inside and outside with the wrapping paper.
  • Stick the double-sided tape on the back of each gift box and attach 24 of them to the inside of the box. Do the final gift box with the number 25 on top of the DIY advent calendar. complete!

DIY advent calendar made from toilet rolls

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In the next suggestion, you can make a lively decoration in the DIY advent calendar from toilet rolls. In this way, you can use recycled materials for your Christmas decorations, especially if your budget is limited during this time of the year due to the rest of the preparations.

Materials:

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  • Hangers
  • 25 toilet paper rolls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt (different colors)
  • Bow (different colors)
  • decorative beads
  • Pompoms
  • Yarn (different colors)
  • scissors
  • colored pencils
  • Cardboard paper
  • Decorative paper
  • double-sided tape
  • Sweets
  • small toys
  • ribbon

Instructions:

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  • First, fold the edges of the toilet roll on one side to create a box of it. Use the double-sided tape to tape the ends together.
  • Fill the box with the desired contents of candy or toys and close the top again by folding and gluing.
  • Tie the yarn around and use the hot glue gun to decorate with beads or pompoms to achieve the right look.

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  • Create different boxes by wrapping some of them with decorative paper and only then tie a bow or thread.
  • As in the first example, number the gift boxes from 1 to 25 with the colored strips.
  • Thread 5 finished rolls on a string and then tie them to the clothes hanger accordingly. Arrange the rest of the gift packaging according to the same principle.
  • Finally, tie a suitable bow on the hanger to make it look Christmassy.

Paper bags, advent calendars or small envelopes

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The third and final version features a range of playful paper bags or mini-envelopes that you can make from neutral or bright colors. In our example, we will focus on the latter. Both kids and adults will love these fun Christmas crafts. It is exactly the right DIY advent calendar with which you can flexibly decorate your home at the beginning of December.

Materials:

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  • White paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Cardboard paper
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Felt (different colors)
  • decorative beads
  • Buttons
  • Pompoms
  • Bow (different colors)
  • Yarn (different colors)
  • ruler
  • pencil

Instructions:

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  • First, take a sheet of paper and fold it on both sides as a triangle so that an X-shaped fold is created when it is unfolded. Use the ruler and pencil to get straight lines.
  • Turn the sheet so that the X shape becomes + shape and bend the bottom corner to the middle and then again to the top.
  • Then fold the left, right, and finally the top tips of the sheet together to make it look like an envelope.
  • Unfold the top tip again, bend the right tip outwards in the middle and open it again by pressing flat with your fingers.
  • Insert a treat or a greeting card and decorate with pompoms, bow, buttons or decoration of your choice.

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  • Once you’ve made all the mini-envelopes, draw the numbers from 1 to 25 again with the colored pencils.
  • Stick the double-sided adhesive tape on the back of the envelopes and attach them randomly to a large sheet of cardboard paper to complete the DIY advent calendar.