DIY alternative advent calendar

DIY Alternative Advent Calendar

Last year we made this DIY alternative advent calendar using paper cups which was a big hit with the boys!

This year I wanted to do something similar (i.e. activities instead of chocolate), but by recycling Christmas cards from last year into tiny boxes with Christmas activities inside them.

 DIY alternative advent calendar

To make a DIY alternative advent calendar, you will need:

  • 24 square (used) Christmas cards from last year
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pen or pencil
  • a ruler
  • lots of fine ribbon (we used white)
  • plain paper, card and a printer
  • a large glass container (it doesn’t have to be glass, but I think it’s nice to see all the colours, patterns and pictures together)


DIY alternative advent calendar box

How to make a DIY alternative advent calendar:

  • Make 24 tiny lidded boxes from your old Christmas cards, using this video tutorial (it’s easy, I promise).  This part is quite time-consuming, but you can do it in front of the TV!
  • Print out some pretty number tags (you can find these for free at Ellie Fun Day) onto card and cut them out.
  • Print out some fun numbered inserts from Wissenswuerze on paper.  Cut out and hand write a Christmas activity on each one.  If you need some ideas of activities to include, you can see 30 of ours here.
  • Fold your paper inserts and put one inside each box, then tie it with ribbon, including a card number tag.  It’s really important to keep a record of which activity you have put into which box, unless you have an amazing memory, or you want it to be a surprise to you too..!
  • Pile all your boxes into a large glass vase or bowl.  They make a great table centre and our kids are already SUPER excited at the thought of being able to start opening them soon…

DIY alternative advent calendar

Merry Christmas!  x


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'DIY Alternative Advent Calendar' have 3 comments

  1. November 28, 2014 @ 7:41 pm Laura Evelyn Bee

    Great idea and looks so pretty! x


    • December 1, 2014 @ 10:19 pm Hodge Podge

      Thank you Laura! We opened the first one today (put the Christmas books onto the bookshelf and read a few of our favourites) – a great way to start feeling Christmassy 😉


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