Are you looking for a cute and just simply awesome DIY advent calendar for this year? I got you covered!
This year I have decided to make each of my 3 kids their own advent calendars. This is the first one and is basically a printable box with the image of a tree when the boxes are combined.
I also made it so that when the day has lapsed that the box can be turn and the number “disappears”. This keeps the tree intact and the counting for the littler ones more logical.
How to make your DIY Box advent calendar
Firstly you will need to download the free printable (at the bottom of this post) and print them out on white stock paper. There are 28 pages.
Next make a cuppa hot stuff (tea, coffee or yummy hot chocolate) and get your scissors and glue stick.
On the printables you will notice faint outlines, cut along the edges to get the box template.
Next fold along the remaining lines and apply glue to the areas marked as “glue”.
I just LOVE that these boxes came out a decent size. Which means not only can I stick a bunch of chocolate in there I can totally put an entire mini toy into it too!!
I also added some shredded crepe paper to make it interesting when digging out those treasures!
Once your item is in the box you can add a small dab of glue to keep the lid closed. Obviously you want to make the box easy to open, no tearing, so that you can place it back to keep the image of the tree.
The best part of this free printable is that it it has 2 sides and once the day has come and gone you can just simple rotate the box to display the side without the numbers!
This also gives a good countdown overview for the younger kids by having the numbers “disappear”.
Download on the image below.
The empty boxes do stack well but I recommend that you use a pebble in the empty boxes to keep them weighted after opening just in case of some major bumping from the kids. (this happens to me all the time!)
Pin the free DIY Boxes Advent Calendar for later!
Also check out all the DIY ornaments we made last year for our tree! We landed up with an almost fully DIY decorated tree, it was tons of fun.