DIY advent calendar

Count down the days till Christmas with a homemade advent calendar in the festive shape of your choice. 

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DIY advent calendar
Photography by Kevin Wong
A homemade advent calendar is a gift to treasure forever. Plus, you get to decide what treats go in it—no plastic chocolate coins in our house! Our tradition is to include clues for a tiny scavenger hunt on the 24th for a special pre-Christmas treat.

Click here for a larger image of the advent calendar.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-Coloured felt fabric
-Elastic ribbon/cord
-Coloured embroidery thread
-Embroidery needle
-Glue

Step 1: Cut felt into a festive shape for the calendar background (a tree, star or snowman works well).

Step 2: Cut 24 pockets, or lengths of elastic ribbon. Arrange onto the background and attach using a simple embroidery stitch.

Step 3: Cut out numbers (1-24) and letters (optional). Glue numbers onto the pockets.

Step 4:
Fill with treats and enjoy the festive countdown!

For more DIY inspiration, check out our crafts page

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