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Fun Homemade Advent Calendar From Kraft Paper

Kraft Paper Gingerbread Man Homemade Advent Calendar

Every year I love to make my family a homemade advent calendar. Homemade advent calendars are fun as you get to choose what you put in them. Whether it’s a treat, a Christmas picture, a cheesy Christmas joke or all three.
My husband is very good at a lot of things, but not when it comes to judging how much wrapping paper is needed to package items. A few years ago he was selling a some stuff on eBay and bought Kraft paper for the packaging. Well, we still have rolls and rolls of the brown paper. He totally overestimated how much he needed.
You might be thinking what does this have to do with a homemade advent calendar. It is relevant, as I decided to try and make a dent in the Kraft paper mountain by making this year’s homemade advent calendar with it!
Also making this kraft paper advent calendar was a great excuse to stitch paper again. I love using a sewing machine to stitch on paper more than I do fabric. If you have never tried to stitch paper on the sewing machine, give it ago! It is so much fun. (Note if you don’t have a sewing machine it is possible to make this homemade advent calender with glue instead)
I’ve made personalised treat map hearts for Valentines, paper bunny treat bags and paper Halloween treat bags on the sewing machine. So I thought it was about time I made Christmas ones.
As I was using Kraft paper I thought Gingerbread men would be a perfect choice.
kraft paper gingerbread homemade advent calendar
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What you need to Make a Gingerbread Man homemade advent calendar


How to make a kraft paper handmade advent calendar

  1. Place the gingerbread man cookie cutter onto the kraft paper and draw around it. Then cut out the gingerbread man shape. You will need 48 of these gingerbread man shapes in total. To spead up the process I suggest stacking the kraft paper into at least 4 layers before cutting. This way you can cut 4 gingerbread men in one go.
    gingerbread cookie cutter and kraft paper

  3. Next pin 2 of the gingerbread shapes together in the centre. Then starting under one of the arms stitch around the edge of the 2 gingerbread men on a sewing machine leaving a small gap in the side of his body.
    sewing gingerbread man
    stitched gingerbread men

  5. Using the stencil and the red sharpie, number the gingerbred men from 1 to 24. This can be done before or after the sewing. But must be done before filling the gingerbread men with their treats. Use the white marker to give the gingerbread men a face.
    Stenciling advent number on gingerbread

  7. Through the gap in the side of the gingerbread man, stuff whatever treat you want inside his belly. Then sew up the belly hole.
    filling the gingerbread men
    finished gingerbread men for homemade advent calendar

  9. Finally, all that is left to do is to display the homemade advent calendar. To do this string up the bakers’ twine across a door, wall or mantle. Then use the craft pegs to hold up the gingerbread men.

handmade advent calendar with kraft paper gingerbread men
kraft paper gingerbread homemade advent calendar
If you noticed I have hung my gingerbread men in random order. To me, half the fun of an advent calendar is hunting for the right day. However, if you prefer a bit more order in your life then feel free to hang your gingerbread men in sequence!
Don’t forget to check out my other homemade advent calenders.

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Tuesday 12th of November 2019

[…] fun family tradition is to make your own paper Advent Calendar. Homemade advent calendars are fun to make and you can choose what to put into it: a treat, a […]


Friday 4th of January 2019

Come on, you are so clever! We need a pocket, or something like that, for our gingerbread men because they are just too cute to tear up to open. Let's make them usable for many years.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 4th of January 2019

Thank you! Tearing them open is part of the fun. I actually put them in a reusable denim pocket calendar I made a few years ago.


Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Super cute idea. I will be sharing advent calendar my Grandmother made for me in the 1960's. Yours has that vintage vibe I love. Happy Fall, Kippi

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 8th of November 2018

Wow, I think that’s great that you still use a homemade advent calendar from the 60’s. Thank you ?


Monday 5th of November 2018

This is darling, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you so much, Cecilia.

Nina Lewis

Sunday 4th of November 2018

This is such a cute idea! (Aren't you glad now that your husband over estimated how much kraft paper he needed??) Thanks so much for sharing at our Party in Your PJs link party!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Yes, I am. Thank you ?