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How to Make an Advent Calendar


The Advent calendar can create a Christmas atmosphere in every home. Twenty-five little surprises hidden in a nice package will delight not only children but adults as well and will make the waiting for such festive day more pleasant. Get inspired and surprise your loved ones with a handmade Advent calendar.

Advent Calendar

Create Your Advent Calendar - CONTENTS

  1. 25 Windows with Surprises
  2. DIY Advent Calendars for Beginners and Advanced
  3. Tips for Advent Calendar Fillers
  4. Advent Calendar - Questions and Answers

25 Windows with Surprises

Advent is just around the corner, and we can't imagine the pre-Christmas time without a Christmas calendar. However, opening 25 windows from the ordinary paper calendar every year just to find another chocolate may be boring. Make your loved ones happy this year with a DIY Advent calendar. We'll show you how you can create an original Christmas calendar yourself in an easy way and without great expense. We will advise on what small gifts you can fill it with. Get inspired by our ideas and tips.

Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendars for Beginners and Advanced

Even with basic items such as paper envelopes, bags or cans, you can achieve great results - all it takes is just a little bit of creativity.

Advent Calendar Made from Paper Envelopes

Even basic things like paper envelopes and bags can be used to create an Advent calendar quickly and easily. Envelopes or bags are ideal for quickly creating a last-minute Advent calendar. You can brighten up the dull white colour of the envelopes with coloured paper, your own pictures, stickers with Christmas motifs, or if you don't have that much time, you can just get colourful envelopes. If using the bags, you can simply close them with a ribbon and hang them up, or use wooden clothes pegs.

You don't have to hammer a nail into the wall to attach the string. Use the self-adhesive hook to hang your Christmas calendar on the wall or a window as a beautiful Christmas decoration.


You will need:

  • 25 paper envelopes or bags
  • thicker string to hang the calendar on the wall or window
  • 25 clothes pegs or ribbons for hanging the envelopes or bags
  • coloured papers, stickers, markers, etc.
  • self-adhesive hooks or suction cup hooks
Advent Calendar: Paper Envelopes

Advent Calendar Made of Socks

If there are sock eaters in your household and you are trying in vain to find two matching pairs of socks, don't worry. You can make an original Christmas Advent calendar out of your lonely socks. Just attach 25 socks to a string using the clothes pegs, and you're done.


You will need:

  • 25 socks
  • string and clothes pegs for hanging the socks
Advent Calendar Made of Socks

Advent Calendar Made from Take-Out Boxes

It couldn't be easier. Just get small Take-Out Boxes in different colours, stick different stickers with numbers from 1 to 25 on them, and you can stack the boxes up into a shape of a Christmas tree.

If you like, you can write the numbers directly on the boxes with a marker and then put them in a wooden wine box, which you can line with fir branches or coloured paper. Instead of a Take-Out Box, you can also use toothpaste, soap, or perfume cartons.


You will need:

  • 25 mini Take-Out Boxes
  • stickers with numbers or markers
  • box
Advent Calendar Made from Take-Out Boxes

Fabric Advent Calendar

The 25 bags look wonderful, and the fabric DIY Advent calendar can be made even by a beginner. How to do it? Simply cut the bags from old clothes or fabric with a Christmas motif. Cut out a rectangle, fold it in half and sew it together on both sides. Use thinner coloured strings to close and secure the bags.


You will need:

  • 25 pieces of cut fabric
  • iron-on numbers from 1 to 25
  • thicker string and 25 shorter strings to tie and hang the bags
  • needle and thread
Fabric Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar Made from Cans

This Advent calendar can be made from ordinary cans with lids, such as coffee, tea or candy cans, but you can also use plastic cups or glasses with lids. First, measure the circumference and height of the can and cut out the paper according to these dimensions. Glue or draw numbers from 1 to 25 on the front of the can. Then stick the paper with glue around the cans and let it dry. Stack the tins on top of each other, next to each other or in a box to create an original Christmas decoration.


You will need:

  • 25 cans with lids
  • wrapping paper
  • stickers with numbers
  • markers
  • glue
Advent Calendar Made from Cans

What to Fill the Advent Calendar with?

Have you created a beautiful Advent calendar, and now you wonder what to put inside? Here are our tips for gifts that will make you happy without costing a fortune.

Chocolate and sweets are a sure-fire choice that will always delight children and adults alike.

There are plenty of other suitable gifts too. It can be a small packet of tea, coffee or the tools to prepare them, such as a designer tea strainer, a small ristretto mug, a coffee spoon or a milk frothing jug.

Toys, puzzles and crayons are sure to make children happy.

You can also fill the calendars with beauty products. A lot of women will be delighted with the 25 boxes of the Christmas Advent calendar filled with bath bombs, lip gloss, nail polish, their favourite brand of lipstick, a hairpin or hair elastic or a miniature perfume. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to appreciate razors or travel packs of antiperspirant.

If you have a sporty partner, a handyman or a fisherman at home, then 25 boxes of sporting or fishing equipment might not be enough.

And if you're a creative soul, you can include your own creations among the gifts you buy, such as a poem, a photograph, a Christmas gingerbread house, a cinema ticket, etc. There are no limits to your imagination.

What to Fill the Advent Calendar with

Advent Calendar - Questions and Answers

When did the British start to use Advent calendars in the UK?

The first Advent calendars in the UK were gifts from German or Scandinavian people or brought over by immigrants. After the Second World War, calendars were sent to Britain as a token of friendship from communities on the continent. Since 1956, they began to be produced and promoted here on the commercial market.

What day do you start opening the Advent calendar?

Most Advent calendars start on 1 December. However, the actual first day of the Advent season varies from year to year. In 2021, that day will be 28 November.

When did chocolate start appearing in the Advent calendars?

The first chocolate Advent calendar appeared in 1958, but it wasn't until 1971 that Cadbury got involved and launched their own version in the UK. Cadbury produced Advent calendars on and off from 1972 to 1986, but it wasn't until 1993 that they finally became a thing.

Be inspired by our guides and tips. Surprise your loved ones with an original, DIY Advent calendar and make them happy with 25 little gifts.