DIY Advent Christmas Countdown Calendar

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$1 to $25
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Here is a DIY Advent Calendar made out of re-purposed jewel and gift boxes with 25 Unique Countdown Ideas for families.

Using jewelry boxes, I set about to create an Advent Calendar. I enlisted the help of the hubs to prepare a piece of wood for the backing (as this was something I wanted to use year after year) and my boys helped paint the prepared board. My girls helped me paint the box tops, covering any lids or boxes that had print or any type of decoration previously on them. Then the fun part began as I decorated 25 individual, uniquely shaped and unequally proportioned boxes. These boxes were then tacked down using furniture tacks and a glue gun was used for extra reinforcements.

I then made a master list of activities using a mix of faily fun and service-type projects, sprinkled in with fun activities to make the countdown special. Using Christmas songs and holiday books as the themes for the day, I have ideas listed for each day.

A few examples include:
Dec. 15- Baby It’s Cold Outside! Find our old coats and deliver them to the local coat drive for the homeless.

Assemble pairs of socks with granola bars and toiletries for the homeless and the next time you see one at a stop sign, you will have something to share. Go Ice-Skating!

Dec.18- Rudolph’ the Red Nosed Reindeer Night Have a special “red dinner” We made Spaghetti and salad with strawberries, fruit punch and a Red Velvet Cake as our red meal items in honor of Rudolph’s nose. This year I want to try pancakes with bacon antlers and a cherry nose for breakfast.

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You Will Need...

  • Plywood sized to hold your 25 boxes
  • Glue Gun
  • Furniture Tacks
  • An assortment of 25 boxes
  • Scrapbook papers and decorative supplies
  • Numbered stickers from 1 to 25
  • Paint

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    1. Prepare a piece of plywood for the backing of the advent calendar.
    2. Sand and paint the board.
    3. Paint the lids and/or sides of boxes.
    4. After the items are dry, attach to the wood with furniture tacks and extra hot glue for reinforcement.
    5. Decorate the lids of the individual boxes with scrapbook embellishments and numerals for the countdown.


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