DIY Christmas advent calendar





Christmas will soon be upon us and it’s only a few weeks away…EEK!! I must say that I’ve been a little organised this year and have actually bought some of the presents. All I need to do, is buy a few more, and then it’s wrapping time! That’s quite a job in itself!

My daughter, Yasmin, loves this time of year, and even though she is in her teens, she still likes to have an advent calendar. So this year, I decided to make my own, diy Christmas advent calendar. It doesn’t take much in the way of materials, and takes only two to three hours to make.  Simples!

DIY Christmas advent calendar


  • 24 matchboxes
  • magazines
  • selection of patterned gift wrap
  • scissors
  • pen or pencil
  • PVA glue
  • coloured paint
  • paintbrush
  • A3 card
  • assortment of small sweets & foil wrapped chocolates
  • numbers – 1 to 24


First of all, empty all of the matchboxes and either throw away the matches, or keep them in a cool, dry place; safety first! Then, place the large flat area of the matchbox face down onto a piece of gift wrap or magazine page and draw around the perimeter of the box with a pen or pencil. Cut out the rectangular shape with the scissors and glue down the reverse side to the large flat area of the matchbox. Put this onto one side and repeat with the remaining matchboxes.

Once you’ve applied a pattern to each matchbox, paint the left hand edge with the coloured paint, patterned area facing upwards, and leave to dry. Do this with all of the other matchboxes. While the paint is drying, cut out the numbers with the scissors. Then glue each number to the front of a matchbox – one number per matchbox, of course. I think the numbers look best centre aligned (see top image).

Next you will need to cut away the right edge and glue the match tray to the inside of the matchbox sleeve.  Again, repeat this with the remaining twenty three matchboxes. Once this is done, assemble the matchboxes to make a Christmas tree and glue to an A3 sheet of card. Make sure the numbers are randomly placed on the card, so each number isn’t positioned next to one another i.e. for example, 2, 16, 23, 5, 12 etc. Fill each matchbox with a sweet. I bought a variety of flavours and different types of boiled sweets, plus a few foil wrapped chocolates too.









Have fun finding out what sweet delight you’ll get to open!


Emma Jayne x



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