DIY Advent Calendar: 25 Ornament Boxes

Advent Calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas.  What kid doesn’t love a treat every day while they count down to Christmas Day?  I came up with my own advent calendar with ornaments that can be used year after year and customized each time!

Kraft Box Advent Calendar


  • 25 small gift boxes
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Sticks
  • Accessories
  • Chocolates
  • Any other Scrapbooking supplies you have on hand


I found natural brown kraft boxes from Xpedex (they also come in white if that fits your decor better).  Each one is 2″X2″X2″ square.  Check the wedding favor department of a party supply store if you don’t have an Xpedex store by you.

Box Advent Calendar

As you can see, you can easily fit 6 Kisses in one box, perfect for my family of 6!  Once you have your boxes, start decorating each one.  I found scrapbook paper that matched my Christmas colors and some were “Christmas” papers but most were not.  I tried to do each one a little different.  Then I went through my beads, vintage costume jewelry (left over from my Jewelry Tree), and miscellaneous crafting supplies.  I came across a souvenir bag from Limoges, France where I bought a small bag of figures made from their famous china.  The figures kind of look like the wise men, fish, baby Jesus?  Well, that’s what I’m calling them.  I poked a hole through the top of some and the sides of others to attach the ribbon loop to each box.  A clip on Vintage Santa earring and a locket that I cut out a painting of baby and adult Jesus (from a church magazine) are a few of my favorites.

Christmas Advent Calendar DIY

Advent Christmas Ornament Boxes

Which ones do you like?

Kraft Advent Boxes for Christmas

It takes a while to create 25 different ornament boxes, but my children LOVE our boxes.

We go to the market and pick up a variety of candies and load each box with 6 treats (this is where you can customize your calendar, use chocolates, caramels, Starbursts, money or mini toys)!

I put the boxes in a giant glass vase.

Christmas Kraft Box Advent Ornaments

We rotate a different child picking thier favorite box each day, we save the box with the baby Jesus photo for Christmas day.  Then, after we open and eat our treat, that child hangs the box on our Christmas tree.  You could also hang them from garland, have a special little tree just for the advent ornaments or stack them in their own little tree on a pedestal.

Kraft Ornament Advent Calendar Boxes

The count down to Christmas begins!

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  • SWEET! I know Maddie would love making these with me. Awesome idea Mandy.

  • Best Christmas decor ever!

  • Super cute!!

  • They turned out so pretty. All the love you put in them really shows.

  • That is so beautiful! I would never have even thought of doing something like this-you are obviously very creative!

    I am hosting an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

    Best Christmas wishes,

    • Just did! Thanks Natasha, and Merry Christmas :)

  • These are gorgeous and a fab idea to hang them on the tree!


    • Thanks Veronica, I was reminded again today to hang ‘em high or my 2 year old will destroy them (luckily he only reached one)!


  • How very fun!!!!

  • i think these are sooo gorgeous. inspired now :)

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