How to make a paperboard advent calendar


Creating a paperboard advent calendar can be a fun and creative project. Here's a basic guide to get you started. Keep in mind that you can customize the design, size, and decorations to suit your preferences.

Materials Needed:

  • Sturdy Paperboard: Choose a thick and durable paperboard for the calendar base.
  • Decorative Paper: Select various decorative papers for the calendar's compartments and embellishments.
  • Cutting Tools: Scissors, craft knife, or paper cutter.
  • Adhesive: Glue, double-sided tape, or adhesive dots.
  • Ruler and Pencil: For accurate measurements and marking.
  • Number Stickers or Stamps: For labeling the calendar days.
  • Embellishments: Ribbons, stickers, beads, buttons, etc.
  • Small Treats or Gifts: To place inside each compartment.

Steps to Make a Paperboard Advent Calendar:

  • Design and Plan:
    • Decide on the overall size of your advent calendar.
    • Determine the number of compartments (usually 24 or 25 for December 1-24 or 1-25).
    • Sketch the layout and design, considering the arrangement of compartments, decorations, and any additional features.
  • Prepare the Base:
    • Cut a piece of sturdy paperboard to the desired size for your calendar base.
    • If desired, cover the base with decorative paper using glue or double-sided tape for added visual appeal.
  • Create Compartments:
    • Cut small rectangles or squares from decorative paper to create the compartments. Each compartment should be large enough to hold a treat or gift.
    • Fold each compartment in half to create a pocket-like structure.
    • Attach the compartments to the calendar base. Arrange them in a grid pattern, gluing only the sides and bottom to form pockets.
  • Label the Calendar:
    • Number each compartment with the appropriate day using number stickers, stamps, or hand-drawn numbers.
    • Place the numbers in sequential order, starting from 1 and ending with the highest day (24 or 25).
  • Decorate:
    • Embellish the calendar with additional decorative elements such as ribbons, stickers, beads, or buttons.
    • You can also create a central design or theme for the calendar and decorate accordingly.
  • Fill the Compartments:
    • Place small treats, candies, or small gifts inside each compartment.
    • Be creative with the contents, tailoring them to the recipient's preferences.
  • Hang and Display:
    • Attach a ribbon or string to the calendar for hanging. Punch holes at the top of the calendar and thread the ribbon through, tying knots to secure.
  • Enjoy:
    • Hang your paperboard advent calendar in a prominent place and enjoy the excitement of opening a new compartment each day leading up to Christmas.

Remember, this is a basic guide, and you can personalize your advent calendar with unique decorations, themes, and designs. Experiment with different papers, textures, and embellishments to create a beautiful and memorable holiday decoration.

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