Homemade Paper Envelope Advent Calendar

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DIY Paper Envelope Advent Calendar

For me, the countdown to Christmas is as exciting as the event itself. I just love all the buildup and anticipation.
What better way to start the countdown to Christmas than with an advent calendar. Homemade ones are the best, as you get to choose what you put inside them. With this paper envelope advent calendar there is a chocolate treat and cheesy Christmas joke for each day.
The calendar is very easy to make, I used Christmas craft paper to make mine. However, you can use any paper from upcycled Christmas wrapping paper, old book pages and even maps to make yours. So many possibilities!
Free template to make a paper envelope advent calendar. Upcycle Christmas wrapping paper or use craft paper to make the envelopes and fill them with your own choice of treats and a daily Christmas joke for extra smiles.
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What you need to make an Envelope Advent Calendar


How to make an Envelope Advent Calendar

  1. Make your envelopes using the template and your Christmas paper. You will need 25 envelopes.
    Envelope advent calendar pillarboxblue tutorial

  3. Stencil, draw or paint a number on each envelope 1 – 25.
  4.  Paper envelope advent calendar - Pillarboxblue.com
    Paper Envelope Advent - Pillarboxblue.com

  5. Decide how you want to hang them. I spray painted an old wooden hanger red and then hung my envelopes from this using the craft pegs and twine. Doing it this way enabled me to hang it easily on the back of boys bedroom doors.
    You can of course just hang them on the string like bunting.
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Envelope advent calendar Pillarboxblue
You may have noticed I have hung my numbered envelopes in a random order, that’s just a personal preference. Part of the fun of an advent calendar is hunting for the right day. Also in life, I generally err on the side of randomness rather than order and symmetry.
What do you put in your advent calendars? As children we used to have those paper calendars where you’d open the window each day to reveal a different picture there wasn’t a chocolate in sight. Now there would be a mutiny if my boys didn’t have a daily sweet treat in their calendars, but I think they like the cheesy jokes even though they won’t admit it.
One of the best advent calendars I had was from my husband, and everyday there was a different alcoholic chocolate truffle.
If your a bit short of Christmas jokes the Telegraph compiled a list of the best 50.
With 3 boys in our home we have more than one advent calendar each one different. If you are looking for more ideas for DIY advent calendars you should check out allfreechristmascrafts they have loads of advent calendar tutorials.
You might like some of my other Christmas posts:
Upcycled Advent Calendar Using Tin Cans
Giant Christmas Felt Letters
Upcycled Felt Garland
Christmas Elf on the Shelf

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31 Responses

  1. What a fabulous idea . . . and so much colorful, cheerful fun. Am going to share this with several friends! Thanks!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you it’s really nice to know that you like it and are going to share it !

  2. Great project! This little envelopes are adorable and I really like the idea of adding a cheesy joke for each day. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! A cheesy joke is a great way to start the day.

  3. I love the colorful envelopes and also the randomness. I always prefer randomness to symmetry too. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMatterParty. We would love you to have you again next week.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you for visiting. That’s me colourful and a bit random, well with my crafts anyway.

      • We are seniors now…our children are grown and moved away…but what fun for my sweetie to be reminded of how much he is loved and appreciated….the treat and joke appreciated by all ages…thank you for sharing this simple but adorable craft….

  4. love the little jokes 🙂 This is such a great idea, I had been thinking of doing an advent calendar for the grands. I like the random order for sure, work for it baby!!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you ! The jokes are a nice fun touch.

  5. What a cute calendar. I bet the kids love it.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks ! they do love it especially the chocolate treat.

  6. These are just absolutely adorable. Especially the part where we put the chocolate in the envelopes. The cheesy jokes are f un too. Pinning!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you so much ! They are so simple to make as well !

  7. This is just the best ever advent calendar I have seen! It’s awesome and I am going to make it for sure!!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks for the big up ! Good luck and enjoy making it, I’m sure it will look awesome.

  8. This is such a cute and cool idea for an advent calendar. I’ve never done an advent calendar. I think I should! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you very much ! I think homemade advent calendars are fun you can use them year after year and fill them with whatever you want and make them more personal.

  9. What a fun Advent calendar! I love these. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


    • Claire Armstrong

      Thank you and thanks for hosting

  10. Pam

    That is absolutely adorable! I can’t decide if I like the hanger better or the string bunting–they are both so cute. Great idea.

    • Claire Armstrong

      Thanks ! I know what you mean, I suppose it all depends how much space you’ve got to hang it. The convenient thing about the hanger is you can put on the back of a door and it’s more portable.

  11. I love this project Claire!! May steal the idea this Christmas… Lol. Readers are sharing their Coat Hanger projects tomorrow and I hope you’ll stop by to share this one!

    • Thank you ! I will stop by as I also have another coat hanger project some fabric bird cages I made.

  12. This advent calendar is lovely! I love the selection of papers you used, and I really love that red hanger! I’m so glad you shared this at the Christmas In July Blog Hop! Have a great weekend!!

    • Thank you very much ! I have some more Advent calendar ides for this year.

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  16. this is so awesome and adorable!

  17. Such a cute idea Claire! Love all of the different patterned paper that you chose!

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