DIY Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorial and Free Printable Template

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You might think it is too early to start thinking about Christmas but every crafter knows it is never too early to star making.To get you prepared for the all festivities, we have made a free printable template so you can make the advent pockets ease.

What You Will Need

Dovecraft Glad Tidings 12” x 12” Paper Pack, Metal Charms, Wooden Frames

Dovecraft Christmas Basics –Twine, A4 Card Pack, Sentiment Toppers – Happy Christmas, Chipboard Stickers, Die – Poinsettia and Baubles

Helz Cuppleditch The Night Before Christmas Wooden Shapes

First Edition Deco Mache Brush Set, Gloss Adhesive and Vanish and Deco Mache – Red Polka

First Edition Alphabet Dies

Wooden Coat Hanger

Ribbon and Twine

Download your Free Printable Advent Pockets Template here

How to Make

1.  Apply a layer of First Edition Gloss Adhesive to your wooden hanger and cut or tear pieces of First Edition Deco Mache paper to the hanger, slightly overlapping each piece. Add another layer of adhesive on top of the decoupage paper to seal the paper.

Tip: If you do not have white wooden hanger, paint the hanger with white paint to create a base for the papers.

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2.  Download your free template and cut out 24 pockets using a mixture of Dovecraft Glad Tidings Paper, glue the folds together, leaving the top flap open so you can pop treats inside.

3.  We have then decorated the pockets with a variety of embellishments including sentiment toppers, stickers, wooden shapes and frames to jazz up the advent calendar and make it really festive. We also die some baubles and poinsettias using the Dovecraft Steel Die- Baubles and poinsettias set with Glad Tidings papers to decorate some of the treat pockets. Don’t be afraid to mix your embellishments up! Die cut the numbers 1-24 using the First Edition Alphabet die set using the red Dovecraft A4 card and glue the numbers to 24 circles cut using the Dovecraft A4 kraft card. We have then added them to each advent pocket using foam squares.

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4.   Cut 24 strips of twine and add to back of the pockets, we used double sided tape for ours and covered with a strip of coordinating paper to create a professional finish. Tie the pieces of twine to the hanger at varying lengths and enjoy adding little treats inside the pockets.

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5.   To finish, we have attached a snowflake wooden charm to the top of the coat hanger with a piece of butcher twine and made a bow with some festive ribbon

What Christmas papercraft collection would you use for your own Advent Calendar? We would love to see your version of this hanging Advent Calendar in the project gallery.

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