Do you love the idea of opening a gift every day until Christmas? Heck ya, who doesn’t?!
Advent calendars have been a long held tradition during the holidays for a good reason…they’re fun! They count down the days till Christmas with anticipation and excitement!
The great thing about advent calendars these days is that they come in MANY forms including diy (do-it-yourself) versions. In this post we’re going to show you how to make our gift box advent calendar that’s been popular with our customers for many years now.
Since you’ll need to have the calendar ready to go for December 1st, now is the time to start!
Advent calendar supplies-
The supplies you’ll need to make our gift box advent calendar are-
- 25 small gift boxes (we used 3″x3″x3″ size black ones for this version but you can use white or any other color)
- labels (we used our reindeer stickers but you can use any other kind from craft stores or make your own)
- double sided tape
- permanent marker (Sharpie type)
- gift wrap (wrapping paper)
Making your advent calendar-
Before you start assembling your advent calendar, use your marker to number your stickers. This is so much easier to do on a flat surface then when the labels are on the boxes. Number the stickers #1 through #25.
Take your gift wrap and cut a length that will go all around the outside of your advent calendar. Fold it into a band that is approximately the width of your gift boxes (3″ wide).
Wrap the paper around the outside edge of your gift boxes. This just gives your advent calendar a nice co-ordinated finish. Now add your ribbon around the outer edge as we did in our sample, if you’d like. Or, simply add a bow to the top of your advent calendar.
This diy advent calendar can be customized in so many ways. You can change the colours and the accents that you add. Think about the person that you’re giving it to and what they like-
- superhero/video game/book characters for kids
- animals for young kids
- glam/spa for moms/girlfriends
- sports theme for dads/guys
The possibilities are truly endless!
The size of gift box we used for our advent calendar is really ideal. You can fit small toys, chocolates, candy, socks, hair accessories and so much more.
Or, include little notes or “coupons” for fun activities you can do together (ice skating, a movie, ice cream).
For larger items that don’t fit into the boxes (books, clothing), do a treasure hunt. Write your clues on notes that can be put in the boxes. This is my son’s favorite…he loves running around the house trying to figure out where the gift is!
Get creative and have some fun making your gift box advent calendars!
Here’s an updated version we did using a slightly larger 4″x4″x4″ sized box.