I love an advent calendar and we’ve made our own for the last few years (you can see our 2016 DIY advent calendar here and our 2014 DIY advent calendar here) but I have to admit that I’ve left making this years’ DIY advent calendar wreath to the last minute.
Luckily, our DIY advent calendar wreath is a really quick and easy last minute thing to make – it’ll probably take more time to fill it than to make it!
This is what you will need if you want to make a DIY Advent Calendar Wreath:
- 24 (or 25!) sheets of craft paper (we used 170g craft paper)
- Free printables for the boxes (you can download the template here) & numbers (you can download them here)
- Craft knife & ruler or scissors
- Circular punch
- Glue (we use Ponal glue for almost every DIY and craft projects – it’s a wood glue really but it works super well for all things crafty, too)
- Ribbon (not shown)
- Lots of gifts!
- Gold spray paint (we love Montana Gold spray paints – they’re the best we’ve ever used!)
- Masking Tape
This is how to make the DIY Advent Calendar Wreath:
1. Download the free box printable and print it onto some thick paper. You’ll need 24 (or 25!) copies. I love the look of craft paper but you could get really creative and print it onto whatever paper you like. If you have a Christmas colour theme you could print it onto something matching your Christmas decorations.
I personally love the idea of a multicoloured wreath but being a minimalist at heart I love the look of craft paper, too!
2. When you’ve printed the box templates it’s time to cut them all out.
As always, cut along the solid lines and score along the dashed lines (which is where you’ll fold the box).
This is definitely the most labour intensive part of the whole project and it does take a while to cut out all boxes. All I can say is grab yourself a drink (obviously nothing too alcoholic when you’re waving around a craft knife) and make yourself comfortable.
3. Now the fun begins!
If you’re spray painting the boxes now’s the time to do it. Just mask off the area you want to paint and start spraying.
The spray does have a tendency to go everywhere so don’t forget to cover the rest of the box and your surrounding work area if you don’t want everything to be gold!
4. When your boxes have dried you can start to assemble the them. For this, just fold along the dashed lines and glue the tabs to the inside of the box.
Don’t forget to leave the top open so that you can fill them and, more importantly, get to the gift!
5. Roughly layout the boxes in a circle and adjust the design until you’re happy. Then glue the boxes together along the edges that meet. Don’t forget to make sure you can get to all of the gifts though!
I totally admit that I accidentally glued one box on the wrong side and I think Jan might be a bit disappointed when he tries to get to his gift. Ups!
6. Now all that’s left to do is add the numbers and fill the boxes with gifts!
Just download the advent numbers (you can download the ones we used here) and print them onto some paper. Then cut them out with a circular punch (you could, of course, use scissors if you prefer) and stick them to the boxes.
7. The last thing to do is add some ribbon so that you can hang your DIY advent wreath!
This is one of my favourite advent calendars that I’ve made so far!
The wreath is quite large but the individual boxes are fairly small (they’re 6,5 x 6,5 cm) so the gift you add can’t be too big.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t get creative though.
Some of the gifts I’ve included are much larger and I’ve just hidden a part of the gift in the box. I obviously can’t tell you exactly what’s in them, as it would be a bit of a spoiler, but let’s just say that a lot of the contents aren’t exactly diet friendly!
Do you have an advent calendar? What’s your favourite Christmas tradition? When do you start putting up your festive decorations? We put up our tree yesterday and I’m pretty sure that everyone thinks we’ve gone mad! What are your Christmas wishes?