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DIY Advent Calendar and other Printable Holiday Ideas

Published: November 30, 2020 | Updated: May 17th, 2021

Make your own Advent Calendar with easy to use cut files and printables. Customize the look, add your own colors and styling in minutes. Take a look at this Christmas Cricut project for more how-to info and ideas. You can make one for the whole family or one for everyone, you decide!

Make a mini gift box advent calendar - free printable
Make a mini gift box advent calendar – free printable

Making an Advent Calendar

Every year December shows up and I don't have a new DIY advent calendar.  I have an old, obviously loved, advent calendar that hangs on a door in my kitchen that has a little wooden star to move around to each of the 25 pockets. I do love it, but, I've always wanted to make my own cute little advent calendar with places to hide treats and notes.

Create Your Own Advent Calendar

I've made an advent calendar with mini paper gift boxes. I've also created a few free printable AND cutting files you can use to make your own mini gift boxes. So whether you have a Cricut or a pair of scissors, you are set… let's start creating!

Fun Fact about the project: This printable project is also part of a fun group activity from years past. I'm Co-hosted, with the fabulous Vanessa Brady from Tried & True (love her art!) the Printing the Holidays blog hop and giveaway! We coordinated 20+ bloggers to share Christmas projects you can make using printables.

Make an advent calendar with printable mini gift boxes
Make an advent calendar with printable mini gift boxes

Now, I said I finally made an advent calendar… I haven't filled the boxes with treats yet. That said, I have time! If you're like me, and you've already missed December 1st, don't worry. You can create a 12 days of Christmas Advent calendar and start with box 1 on December 12th (or December 13th if you go to the 25th)! So yes, you too still have time! I will be going back and filling all these pretty boxes. But for now, let's enjoy the seemingly finished display together, shall we?

Watch this video to see how I put together these cute little boxes.

Confession – hide the craft candy or your boxes will be empty! When I created this project, the little boxes sat empty in my own home today because I keep eating all my candy props. I buy bags of candies to use in either photos or projects and I always eat them. In this case I bought candies to put in real advent calendar boxes and I keep eating it too! I have been sharing.. but chocolate.. in hiding away in a box, What!? How am I supposed to refrain knowing it's in there.. someone else needs to fill these little gifties… or I need to buy broccoli for the boxes.

Hang the boxes from a fancy board
Hang the boxes from a fancy board

How to Make Your Own Advent Calendar

This printable kit is in two parts and some extras. The mini box comes in a free PDF you can print and cut yourself or use the SVG and upload to your Design Space account and cut with your Cricut. The little numbers are also available for free as a PDF and PNG. The PNG you can upload to Design Space and then convert to a Print the Cut design.


You can use the SVG file with your Cricut machine or other electronic cutting machine. Or you can print designs and use scissors. I vote for cutting machine, let it do the heavy work while you sip your peppermint mocha!


  1. Cut and assemble the mini boxes.
  2. Cut out accessory designs and number and apply as accents to each of the mini boxes.
  3. Fill each box. Tie it up with the ribbon and a create a bow with a little loop.
  4. String yarn or ribbon along the wall or a board.
  5. Clip each box to the hanging ribbon.

Optionally, you can stack the boxes or set them out on the mantel. These mini boxes would even be super cute as Elf on the Shelf gift boxes!

Little Reindeer art on a tiny gift box - designed by Jen Goode
Little Reindeer art on a tiny gift box – designed by Jen Goode

The little reindeer that I love so, is a cutting file I designed for Cricut and is available for use directly in the Cricut Design Space.

download this art by Jen Goode
Mini Box Advent Calendar - Free SVG from Jen Goode
Mini Box Advent Calendar – Free SVG from Jen Goode
Printing the Holidays Blog hop and Giveaway

Printing the Holidays Blog Hop and Giveaway

Now on to even more fun. Printable Holiday inspiration for a whole bunch of amazing blogging pals. Check out all these fabulous ideas and printables you can use to create your favorite holiday decor yet! Today I've joined up with 28 other bloggers, yes Twenty Eight! to Share holiday printables. We're sharing ideas and and printables you can download and use for your own holiday creations. PLUS, we have a giant Printed Crafts giveaway prize bundle! Keep reading to find out more.

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Make your own cut box advent calendar with printables and SVG cut files.
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