Create a unique Advent calendar to countdown the days until Christmas with these fun free printables of Santa and a snowy city!
Advent calendars are a fun way to countdown to Christmas! We absolutely love them in our family and have tried out several different kinds over the years. One of our favorites is a Puzzle Advent Calendar, which I’ve talked about on my blog before. The kids love putting a puzzle together over the course of a month and ending up with a complete puzzle on Christmas. Another favorite in our house is the Beer Advent Calendar I created a few years ago for my husband. It has become a fun holiday tradition in our house. I love finding new and local beers for him to try and he loves trying them! I also notice my kids LOVE opening up the boxes each day for him – so I decided to create mini versions of the Beer Advent Calendar that would be the perfect size for candy, small treats and, most importantly for us, – puzzle pieces! Now, they will have small doors to open each day too :)
Instead of just placing the numbers on the outside of each small box, I created a fun holiday picture that is divided up over 25 small squares. The numbers are random throughout the image so whoever is opening the calendar must search for the right day. These pictures remind me of the cardboard Advent calendars we did as children – the ones purchased from our local grocery store that were filled with small pieces of chocolate. I’m sharing the two pictures I created so you can create these too! The links to download them are at the end of this post.
The small boxes I used are called “mini ring boxes” and I purchased them from Amazon. They came in a pack of 50, which was perfect for creating two calendars. The finished Advent Calendars are really sturdy and I think they will last a long time. I created a couple more of these calendars for family members and filled them with puzzle pieces. This year I used some fun Christmas-themed 300-piece puzzles. You can read more about how I create Puzzle Advents if you want to give that a try this year! Otherwise, these calendars are also the perfect size for small candy, treats, toys and anything that can fit in a 2″ x 2″ box!
Supplies Needed for DIY Advent Calendar
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- Free printable! Two free printables located at the end of this post in blue :)
- Tiny boxes! I used these small 2″ Mini Ring Boxes I found on Amazon. I bought the 50 pack which made two calendars
- Scor-tape or another strong adhesive
- Paper cutter
- Packing tape and Scotch Tape
- Coordinating scrapbook paper to cover the sides and back
Step One: Assemble all of the tiny boxes you plan to use. Each calendar uses 25 boxes.
Step Two: Tape the boxes together using packing tape.
Start by taping a row of 5 boxes together. Make sure the front of the boxes are all facing in the same direction and will open from the bottom. Repeat for the other four rows until you have 5 rows of boxes.
Tape two rows together and tape three rows together.
Stack the two rows on top of the three rows and tape around the entire thing. Make sure your boxes are all facing in the same direction and will open from the bottom.
To make the calendar extra sturdy, I cut a piece of chipboard the size of the calendar and taped it to the back.
Step Three: To make the boxes easy to open, you can add a little piece of ribbon to each box opening. I put a small piece of 1/4″ Scor-Tape down and then taped a ribbon loop down on top of that using Scotch-tape. I also cut away the corners of each box opening so the box lids could open easily. If you cut too much away, your lids won’t stay shut. The second picture below shows how much I cut away.
Step Four: Time to add the printable pictures to the front of the calendar. Use a paper trimmer to cut out the squares and then adhere them to the front of each box using 1/2″ Scor-Tape or another strong adhesive. (In the picture below, I had only done a few of the ribbon loops. You can do the ribbon loops before or after taping the paper down.)
Once all the pictures have been added to each box, the picture should be complete!!
Step Five: Cover the sides of the boxes with decorative paper to hide the tape. You can also cover the back of the box. I used Scor-Tape to attach the decorative paper.
Time to fill the calendar!! These small boxes are the perfect size for candy, treat, or small toys and figurines. I filled our calendars with puzzle pieces for the Puzzle Advent that we do each year. Since I was using 300 piece puzzles, each box got 12 puzzle pieces. Make sure, if you plan to fill your calendar with puzzle pieces, that you purchase a puzzle with pieces that will fit in the boxes! :)
The Advent Calendars are finished and ready for December 1st!
Does your family do Advent Calendars? If so, which ones!? There are so many different kinds to choose from – handmade ones to store bought ones that come pre-filled with toys. Whatever kind of Advent Calendar you choose, it is fun to countdown the days to Christmas :)
Download Santa Clause Advent Calendar Printable by BugabooCity.pdf
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