Christmas Advent Calendar Idea

Take-Out Box Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

From childhood, I have always loved a Christmas advent calendar. I remember my mother getting the boxed calendars with the little punch-out doors. I saw one at Michael’s yesterday. It brought back fond memories. I always loved opening the little door to find the chocolate surprise!

When my children were little, we had a beautiful fabric advent calendar that was Santa’s Workshop. There were little toys for each day of Β December. Each day a toy would be added to Santa’s Workshop, so that on December 25th, the workshop was full. My kids loved it! More often than not, they would play with it instead of actually using it as a calendar! Unfortunately, some of the toys were lost in the process.

This year I decided to make a new one! Does it matter that my oldest is 20 years old and away at college? Nah! Everyone loves an advent calendar!


I found these great red glitter mini take-out boxes at Pier 1. They came in packs of 6 for $5.95. I love the red ribbon.

Christmas advent calendar

The last several years, my Christmas decorations have centered around Santa’s Belt. I recently made a Santa’s Belt mason jar, to hold utensils for my Christmas parties, so naturally Santa’s Belt came to mind with my advent calendar. This is a Christmas swag that I made using Santa’s Belt ornaments.

Santa's Belt Christmas Swag

I picked up some silver and black foam sheets that have sticky backs to create the belts for my boxes.

Silver and Black Foam Sheets

I used the silver to cut out the buckles and the black for the belts. On the back of the sheets, I measured and drew the buckles and belts and then I used an exacto knife to cut them out. In the middle of the buckle I placed the numbers for each day of December. I printed the numbers out from Microsoft Word.

Silver Buckles

I did add a little hot glue on the buckles to secure them. When I added the paper, the area of “sticky” material was smaller and made it harder for them to stay on the boxes.

Black Belts

They turned out so cute!

Christmas Advent Calendar

Since the boxes came in packs of 6, I purchased 4 packs which gave me enough for 24 days.

Take out boxes advent calendar

I purchased one larger box for December 25th. Since I have four wonderful kids, they will each get to open six small boxes and on Christmas Day, there will be four items in the large box, one for each child.

Christmas Advent Calendar

I decided to create a display with the boxes. I used my dessert stands from Anchor. I placed the 25th on the top and went down from there.

Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Advent Calendar

I use red and black check ribbon to coordinate with my Santa’s Belt decorations. I added a ribbon to my two topiaries and the large box.

Christmas Advent Calendar

I’m so excited for December 1st! I am totally in love with this new advent calendar!

I chose to create a display on my sideboard, but I also think you could use these boxes on a tree or on garland strung across the mantel. You could also create a cute wreath with them.

Christmas Advent Calendar

Each box will be filled with small things like lip gloss for my daughter, guitar picks for my son, candy and chocolates, etc. Since some of the items will be child specific, I will create a schedule, so each child opens the box designed for them.

Christmas Advent calendar

This wasn’t hard to make. I created the boxes in a few hours. Now I just need to fill them!

Yesterday my daughter came into the living room and I said, “Look at our new advent calendar.” Β The next thing I heard was, “There’s nothing in them!”

I can’t anything pass them!

Does your family use an advent calendar? How do you count down to Christmas?

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  1. says

    These are adorable – I love them! I’ve never been a huge fan of cheap little advent calendars with the chocolate inside (I know, call me crazy!) but this I could totally do!

  2. says

    Toooo cute! Makes for such a pretty display! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week Leslie. I’m also featuring it on my Facebook page πŸ™‚

  3. says

    Such a fabulous idea! I’m itching to make an advent calendar, but my kids will have nothing to do with it! They only know of one advent calendar (which, honestly, is no longer my style) and are taking dibs on who will get it when “I’m gone” …

    Yours is amazing! I’m digging the Santa belt theme too …



    P.S. Clearly you’ve moved on to xmas, but have a fabulous Thanksgiving celebration!

    • says

      Thanks so much Linda! I just stopped by your blog and fell in love with your chalkboard chargers! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. says

    I love these boxes; so cute! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks again for sharing; we love having you join us each week! See you soon!
    Mackenzie πŸ™‚