Our DIY Advent Calendar {with FREE Printables!}

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Every year, the Cs get so excited about counting down to Jesus’ birthday! In the past, I have just purchased the pre-made cardboard advent calendars with the little doors that open for each day. The ones we’ve used had a verse on each flap and a little piece of chocolate inside, which the Cs were over the moon about, of course. This year, though, I had trouble finding one that I liked, so I did what any good little blogger would do… I made my own! This was really super simple to make. The part that took the longest was the printables, and I’m giving those to you for FREE, so it will be easy peasy!

Here’s what I used to make our DIY advent calendar:

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

  • 1 1/2″ circle punch (or scissors)
  • Small white paper sacks (found at Michael’s)
  • Christmas-y washi tape (or other decorative items)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Clothespins
  • Chocolate of choice
  • Scrapbook paper + numbers printable (provided below)
  • White card stock or business card paper + verses printable (provided below)

To give you an idea of where we’re headed, each little white bag will be decorated and include a number (for the date) on the outside. Inside each bag will be a card with a verse from the Biblical Christmas story and chocolate (if you so choose).

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

The first thing I did to start my advent calendar was to print out the numbers that would go on the outside of each little bag. I printed the even numbers on green scrapbook paper and the odd numbers on red scrapbook paper, but you can print them on whatever you want! The sky is the limit! To download the numbers printable, click here.

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Once I printed them, I used my 1 1/2″ circle punch to punch them out. If you don’t have that particular punch, you could just use scissors and cut them out in squares.

Next I printed out the daily verse cards that will go in each bag. They are spaced to fit on the Avery Business Card Template (affiliate link), so if you have the business card sheets, you can just print on those and they will be really easy to tear apart on the perforations. I didn’t have any of the business card paper at home, so I just printed mine on white card stock and used my paper slicer to cut them out (scissors would work too, of course). It took a bit longer but got the same result. To download the daily verse cards, click here.

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

 Once I had everything printed and cut, it was time for the fun part– decorating!! I used washi tape in all different configurations to decorate the outside of the little white bags. I taped a number to each one, and they were ready to go!

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

While I had my washi tape out, I decided to add a little bit to each of my clothespins that I would be using to hang the little bags, just to give them an extra special touch!

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

By the time I finished my decorating, the Cs had woken up from their nap, so they helped me stuff each bag with the appropriate verse card and two pieces of chocolate (one for each C), and we were ready to hang them. {These little bags were the perfect size to fit 2 of the Dove chocolates, but if you have more kiddos, I would recommend moving to the next size up!} I just used silver curling ribbon to hang our bags, doubled up for a little bit of extra strength.

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I think they make a nice addition to our Christmas shelf decor, and the Cs are counting down the days until they can start opening them!

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Our DIY Advent Calendar with FREE Printables by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Once we open each little bag, my plan is to leave the verse card from each day hanging on the ribbon so that by the time we get to Christmas, we will have the whole Christmas story written out on our wall. I think it will be fun to look back on the different days with the boys and review the story and really keep the focus on the true meaning of Christmas as we prepare for the big day. It’s hard to believe that it isn’t very far off now and will be here before we know it! But not before we spend Thursday giving thanks for all that God has given us. And we truly have been blessed!

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  1. says

    Thanks so much for sharing the printables!! I’ve been wanting to do an Advent wreath for a few years. I’ve been eyeing a few from Pottery Barn, and toyed with making my own. I love your idea of the verses and just two simple pieces of chocolate. It’s perfect and doesn’t look overwhelming.

  2. says

    Thanks for the printables! I love that you have the verses together! I want to add an activity to each day for us to do as a family. My little one would love the chocolate too!

    • says

      Thanks so much, friend! Yes, the first few years I did it, Con mostly just understood that he got chocolate every day, and he loved that, lol! It’s fun to see him “getting it” so much more now. Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  3. says

    Hey Abby, I just love this advent calendar you made for the boys…and honestly, nothing beats free printables! I really need to make a calendar this year for my two, also. I would LOVE it if you shared this awesome project with us at the Link It or Lump It party this week! http://www.twoityourself.blogspot.com/2013/11/link-it-or-lump-it-link-party-15-plus.html

    - Melissa
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    • says

      Aniko! I just popped over to see your advent calendar, and it is totally adorable! I love the colors you chose– so cheery and Christmas-y! Thank you so much for stopping by to check mine out as well! Enjoy the rest of your week!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Evan says

    Thanks so much for the printable verses. They are perfect for our kids’ advent and very nicely formatted.

    Merry Christmas!


    • says

      Thank you, Miss Sarah! I just popped over to check out your advent calendar, too, and I love it! So beautiful hanging from the sticks! Thanks so much for stopping by– have a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Kelly Carmichael says

    Yes, I am actually doing your advent calendar tonight and I am soooo excited about it. I was wondering though why you only have 24 days instead of 25 like most advent calendars have? Is there anything special you do as in read on Christmas Day? Just curious. Thanks for all your stuff, I printed it off with no problems at all.


    • says

      Thank you so much, Kelly! You are so sweet! I went back and forth between 24 and 25 since I had seen it both ways, but our tradition is to read the whole Christmas story before we open presents, and I figured my boys would be having enough chocolate/gifts to open that day already so I went with 24. Sorry if it messed up your plan! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)


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