Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY Advent Calendar

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We went up north and since I can't sit in a car for three hours and not try to get something done, I spent much of the drive cutting and folding little boxes for our advent calendar. Didn't expect to have it done before December, but here it is all ready to go... 

I started by choosing some free wrapping paper designs from I played with some of the designs in Photoshop, adjusting the hues and saturation to get the colors to coordinate, and then printed them on cardstock. (I used a 65 lb. cardstock because it's light enough to cut and fold easily, but heavy enough to hold it's shape.) Then I made a box template (you can download that here), and printed it on the back of each design.

I added the numbers before cutting since I knew that would be hard to do in the car, but I think it'd be easier to figure out where to put the numbers if the box is already cut out. 

To add the numbers, I found a font I liked (Nueva Standard - 150 pt) and printed the numbers 1-25 out on a sheet of paper. I taped that piece of paper to the window and held up each box template (positioning the number I wanted in the middle of the box front) and traced it with a black Sharpie.

To assemble the boxes (make sure to fold along all the dotted lines before trying to assemble the boxes), simply bring the open sides together and tape the loose flap in place, then close the top and bottom flaps.  I found it helpful to keep a pair of scissors nearby since my amateur folding skills left uneven edges that needed to be trimmed in order to close the lids.

Insert goodies and display however you wish. Oh, and when you're done with them...just open the top and bottom and they'll fold flat for storage!


  1. Great idea, especially for the easy storage. I may have to make a box advent calendar this year. Thanks for the inspiration.

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