Making Advent calendars is one of my absolute favorite holiday crafts and this shadow box DIY Advent calendar is no exception! I love that you can completely customize the look of this calendar just by changing the scrapbook paper used to make the boxes. I wanted to make mine more minimal so I didn’t include numbers on the boxes but they definitely would be easy to add with just some number stamps and ink.
Shadow Box DIY Advent Calendar Supplies:
- Darice Wood Organizer with Glass Top
- 1 1/2″ Grosgrain Red Ribbon
- Xyron Create-a-Sticker Maker
- Decorative Scrapbook Paper
- We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board
- Bowdabra Large Bow Maker
- Darice Red/White Baker’s Twine
- “Reason For The Season” Free Printable Tag < click to print
Step One. Use the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board or a similar tool to make (24) 2.25×2.25×1.5 boxes out of coordinating scrapbook paper. We you do plan on using a WRMK punch board, there’s not an actual setting for this size of box so I had to play with it a bit.
Here’s what worked for me: 1: cut a 6″ paper square. 2: line up paper halfway between medium and small (I put a piece of washi tape to mark). 3: score and cut. 4: flip paper, align on washi, and punch. 5: flip again and align on small to score the diagonal lines.
Step Four. Use a strong adhesive or glue gun to stick the bow in place. Print out the “Reason For The Season” Free Printable Tag and tie in place with baker’s twine.
Step Five. Now it’s time to fill your DIY Advent calendar! If it’s for kids, you can fit little toys or candy fairly easily into the boxes. Or if you’re looking for a more religious route, print out little scriptures or meditations and insert those into the boxes. The possibilities are almost limitless!