Create an easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes! This handmade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and lovely holiday gift idea for kids and adults. The tutorial includes PDF templates and an SVG cut file, and advent calendar filler ideas.

Make your own easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes numbers! This homemade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and holiday gift for kids, adults, husband, boyfriend, teens, children. The tutorial includes handmade advent calendar fillers ideas like chocolate and beauty items for what to put in. The design cane me modern or traditional and comes with PDF and SVG templates. #adventcalendar #papercrafts #DIY #holidaycrafts | countryhillcottage.com

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Easy DIY Paper Advent Calendar with Free Printable Template

I’m so excited to share this easy DIY paper advent calendar this time of year! Holiday season should be celebrated with a homemade advent calendar, and this paper advent calendar is a great Christmas papercraft idea for this occasion.

The advent calendar tradition is a favourite in my household, and I enjoyed making this DIY advent calendar. It’s consist of cute pyramid paper boxes and works just like a traditional advent calendar:  each box has a number and is filled with treats and small homemade gift ideas.

My paper advent calendar is great for children and adults alike, think husband, boyfriend, your best gal friend and even yourself. This make your own calendar kit comes with free printable templates to make crafting a breeze, and I’ve also included advent calendar filler ideas at the end of the post.

Make your own easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes numbers! This homemade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and holiday gift for kids, adults, husband, boyfriend, teens, children. The tutorial includes handmade advent calendar fillers ideas like chocolate and beauty items for what to put in. The design cane me modern or traditional and comes with PDF and SVG templates. #adventcalendar #papercrafts #DIY #holidaycrafts | countryhillcottage.com

How to make a DIY paper advent calendar

How do you make an easy advent calendar? This DIY calendar idea with template is so easy to make… and oh-so-pretty. There are so many ways you can design your own advent calendar, starting with the paper colours you choose. I picked different shades of pink, two dark blues and light yellow. You’re going to love this cardboard advent calendar tutorial!

Let’s see what the steps are for how to make a paper advent calendar:

Cut and fold the pyramid boxes

  • If cutting the advent calendar by hand, cut out the two templates.
  • Put the template on a piece of cardboard and trace with a pencil.
  • Cut out 24 boxes.
  • If using a Cricut or craft cutting machine, load the SVG cut file into Design Space/your machine’s software and cut out 24 shapes.
  • Optionally, draw on the folding lines using a pencil and ruler.

Decorate the advent calendar

  • Decorate the paper boxes with pencils, markers, acrylic paint, washi tape, stickers or gold leaf. Scroll down to see more details and advent calendar decorating ideas.

This step is optional. You can leaf the homemade paper advent calendar as is – it will still be a gorgeous advent calendar idea!

Assemble the paper advent calendar

  • Fold the triangles and flaps inwards. You should have 4 triangles and 3 flaps.
  • Apply glue to the flap that says “Glue” and attach it to the other triangle.
  • Fill the advent calendar with treats or small gifts.
  • Fold the front inwards to close the pyramid box.

Apply the numbers

  • Cut out the numbers and glue 1 number to each of the 24 advent calendar boxes using a glue stick or foam dots to sperate the numbered circles a little from the box.

And there you have it, a colourful and festive DIY Advent calendar!

Make your own easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes numbers! This homemade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and holiday gift for kids, adults, husband, boyfriend, teens, children. The tutorial includes handmade advent calendar fillers ideas like chocolate and beauty items for what to put in. The design cane me modern or traditional and comes with PDF and SVG templates. #adventcalendar #papercrafts #DIY #holidaycrafts | countryhillcottage.com

How to decorate the DIY paper advent calendar

The little pyramid boxes look cute even without extra decorations. But if you have time and muse, be creative and decorate each box! There are literally endless possibilities for how to decorate an advent calendar.

I love sparkly and glittery things and used a mix of gold leaf, acrylic paint and glitter paper to decorate the boxes of my homemade advent calendar.

Here are a few ideas to get you inspired:

Paint

Use acrylic paint or markers and paint a pattern of dots, stars or lines on the boxes. Easy and so festive!

Gold leaf

Dab irregular spots of metal leaf adhesive on the boxes and apply gold leaf or other sheet metals. Looks very modern and elegant. For more detail on how to use gold leaf, check out this tutorial.

Glitter paper

Cut out triangles of (self-adhesive) glitter paper and adhere to the front of the boxes.

Borders

Embellish the edges of a box with border of washi tape or sticker borders.

Make your own easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes numbers! This homemade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and holiday gift for kids, adults, husband, boyfriend, teens, children. The tutorial includes handmade advent calendar fillers ideas like chocolate and beauty items for what to put in. The design cane me modern or traditional and comes with PDF and SVG templates. #adventcalendar #papercrafts #DIY #holidaycrafts | countryhillcottage.com

Customise the advent calendars for men, ladies, boys and girls

If you need advent calendar ideas for adults or want to make a DIY advent calendar for kids or for toddlers, you can! I plan to use this holiday craft as a couple’s advents calendar for my husband and I and I chose pink, navy blue and light yellow as colours with some gold and glitter accents.

But you can easily customise the look and feel of this handmade paper calendar. Lots of options here:

  • Use the recipient’s or your favourite colours.
  • If you need advent calendar ideas for him, use colours men often like, for example, blue, green, red, or black. An advent calendar for boyfriend or husband in black, grey and silver would look stunning!
  • An advent calendar for kids can be colourful. A rainbow or unicorn advent calendar would be much fun!
  • If you make an advent calendar for boys, either use his favourite shades or hues boys usually like, e.g. blue, red, yellow, green and orange. The colours of his favourite sports team are also a great idea.
  • Likewise, for an advent calendar for girls, use colours that are often associated with girls, like red, aqua, pink, white and purple.

Have more DIY advent calendar ideas? Drop a comment and let me know what colours you will be using.

Make your own easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes numbers! This homemade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and holiday gift for kids, adults, husband, boyfriend, teens, children. The tutorial includes handmade advent calendar fillers ideas like chocolate and beauty items for what to put in. The design cane me modern or traditional and comes with PDF and SVG templates. #adventcalendar #papercrafts #DIY #holidaycrafts | countryhillcottage.com

Filler ideas for DIY advent calendar

What do you put in an Advent calendar? An empty advent calendar can be filled with anything that fits in the boxes, both homemade and store-bought. Sweet treats (e.g. chocolate, cookies, or truffles), small snacks (crackers), little gifts and toys (keychain, jewellry, lego), or beauty items (lip balm, nail polish) are excellent filler ideas for what to put in an advent calendar.

Here are a few homemade advent calendar filler ideas:

Sweets

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Festive DIY paper favour boxes and DIY gift packaging ideas for small gifts

Stead of making a paper advent calendar, use the little pyramid boxes as favour boxes for parties or weddings or as easy DIY packaging idea for small gifts.

Easy DIY Paper Advent Calendar with Free Printable Template

Easy DIY Paper Advent Calendar with Free Printable Template

Yield: 1 advent calendar
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Create an easy DIY paper advent calendar with free printable templates for the boxes! This handmade advent calendar is a fun Christmas papercraft and lovely holiday gift idea for kids and adults. The tutorial includes PDF templates and an SVG cut file, and advent calendar filler ideas.

Materials

  • SVG cut file (download below)
  • printable template (download below)
  • cardboard in different colours
  • glue stick
  • foam dots
  • gold marker (optional)
  • washi tape (optional)
  • sticker border (optional)
  • gold leaf (optional)
  • gold leaf adhesive (optional)

Tools

  • Cricut
  • craft scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • small brush

Instructions

  1. If cutting the advent calendar by hand, cut out the two templates.
  2. Put the template on a piece of cardboard and trace with a pencil.
  3. Cut out 24 boxes.
  4. If using a Cricut or craft cutting machine, load the SVG cut file into Design Space/your machine’s software and cut out 24 shapes.
  5. Optionally, draw on the folding lines using a pencil and ruler.
  6. Decorate the paper boxes with pencils, markers, acrylic paint, washi tapes, stickers or gold leaf.
  7. Fold the triangles and flaps inwards. You should have 4 triangles and 3 flaps.
  8. Apply glue to the flap that says “Glue” and attach it to the other triangle.
  9. Fill the advent calendar with treats or small gifts.
  10. Fold the front inwards to close the pyramid box.
  11. Cut out the numbers and glue 1 number to each of the 24 advent calendar boxes using a glue stick or foam dots.

Printable Advent Calendar Template

Tab or click the button below to download your free printable advent calendar template!


Advent Calendar Box SVG Cut File

Tab or click the button below to download your free advent calendar SVG cut file!

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