12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar

Are you looking for a simple Christmas Advent idea?

Today, we are going to show you how to make an ultra-easy 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar! There are tons of advent calendar ideas out there, but this one won’t break the bank, is extremely versatile, and you can make it with basic crafting supplies and a few boxes.  Let’s get started!

Here are the supplies needed to make your own 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar:

Step One.  First, let me say that you can do a 12 day Advent for the full 25 day Advent, just make sure that you have the corresponding amount of boxes or packages. I used paper mache boxes because they are super sturdy, but they do use a load of paint to cover them.  So, I recommend painting them with a coat of Mod Podge first.  Then paint your boxes in whatever color you like!  I painted each box with a couple of coats and then followed up again with another coat of Mod Podge.  My kids even stepped in to help out with some of the painting!

christmas advent calendarStep Two.  Embellish your boxes to your heart’s content!  I used washi tape, ribbons, doilies, little pearls, and patterns like the peppermint with paint.  Be creative and have a good time!
christmas adventNow is also the time to add your numbers.  I did a few on gift tags and a few just right on top of the boxes.
We hope that you enjoy making the 12 Days of Christmas Advent, I am so excited about being able to use mine in the upcoming weeks.  Now, I just need to pick up some fun treats to go in the boxes.  Maybe our elf will make her appearance in one of them, hmm…
Have fun with it!


  1. Claire @ Polkadot pretties says

    Great project !

    I would love you to come and share it at my Craft, Create & Inspire Linky party

    Hope to see you there:)

    Claire@ Polkadot pretties x

  2. says

    What a fantastic idea! Those colors really make it pop and look great. Found your link next to mine at the Power of Pinterest Party…pinning asap. Megan

  3. Lindy says

    This is wonderful….I love the colors! This would also make a good “present decoration’ if you wrapped them in fabric or even scrapbook paper. TFS


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