Advent Calendar

by Beate Johns

Make your own Advent calendar to help ease the anxiety of waiting for December 25.


  • One 16" x 20" blank Canvas
  • 24 metal tins (2" diameter Wilton® favor tins were used here, available at Michaels in the wedding favor section)
  • Patterned Paper
  • Coordinating Cardstock
  • Number and Letter Stamps
  • Ink
  • Strong and regular adhesive (SNAIL and Terrific Tape)
  • Ribbon
  • Paper cutter
  • 24 Velcro™ dots


  1. Step 1

    Cut 24 2 5/8" squares of patterned paper and 24 3" squares of cardstock.

  2. Step 2

    Lay out cardstock pieces in four rows with six pieces each.

    Add patterned paper on top. If more than one patterned paper is used, lay them out in the pattern you would like to have when the calendar is finished.

  3. Step 3

    Apply adhesive to the back of the patterned paper.

  4. Step 4

    Center and adhere over cardstock square.

    Repeat with all 24 squares.

  5. Step 5

    Apply strong adhesive to the back of all cardstock squares.

  6. Step 6

    Line bottom left square 1/2" up from the bottom and left side and adhere to canvas.

  7. Step 7

    Line bottom right square 1/2" up from the right and bottom edge and adhere to canvas.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere the remaining squares.

    Here, the spacing is 3/8" between each square and each new row.

  9. Step 9

    Cut two 2 1/2" x 12" pieces of coordinating patterned paper and adhere them to a 2 1/2" x 18 7/8" long strip of cardstock.

    ( I cut a 2 1/2" x 12" and a 2 1/2" x 10" piece of cardstock and pieced them together to get my 2 1/2" x 18 7/8" long strip. The patterned paper was taped over the cardstock strip to make it sturdier.)

  10. Step 10

    Stamp calendar title and tape down. Add embellishments if wanted. Here, letters were stamped in pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

    Adhere patterned paper strip to the top of the canvas with strong adhesive.

  11. Step 11

    Adhere a bottom piece of Velcro in the center of each square.

  12. Step 12

    Cut 24 1/2" x 7 1/2" strips of patterned paper.
    Add a small piece of strong adhesive on each end and regular adhesive in between.

  13. Step 13

    Tape one of these strips around the bottom of each tin.

  14. Step 14

    Add one Velcro top on a bottom of each tin.

  15. Step 15

    Stamp numbers from 1 - 24 and adhere them to the front of your tins.
    I stamped mine in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red Craft ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.
    I added punched out layered punched out circles under each number.

  16. Step 15

    Stamp numbers from 1 - 24 and adhere them to the front of your tins.
    I stamped mine in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red Craft ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.
    I added punched out layered punched out circles under each number.

  17. Step 15

    Stamp numbers from 1 - 24, cut them out and adhere them to the front of each tin.

    These are stamped in Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Real Red Craft ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Punched out layered punched out circles were layered under each number.

  18. Step 16

    To hang the calendar, cut two 30" pieces of ribbon.

    Add a 1 1/2" long strip of strong adhesive on one end of both ribbon pieces.

  19. Step 17

    Adhere ribbon piece on each top side of the canvas board. Reinforce with small nails or thumb tacks if needed.

  20. Step 18

    Fill the tins and let the count down begin.

  21. Step 18

    Fill the tins and let the countdown begin.


    Use a magnet board instead of canvas and magnets instead of Velcro dots.

    Line the holes of a mini muffin pan with decorated cardstock circles and add goodies inside.

    Use paper mache boxes instead of tins.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Advent Calendar. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this, I can't wait to make one! Do you hand cut around the letters and numbers? It looks so neat I am just curious.

Thanks for posting this it is beautiful
Jen Beaubien  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:18 AM
Beate, this has got to be the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I will definatly be doing one as soon as I ordre my number stamps! Great job! Thanks for all of the hard and time consuming work you do for SCS!
Staci  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:19 AM
This is fabulous!! What a wonferful keepsake to be used year after year! Love this.
sleepyinseattle  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:30 AM
This is awesome! I can't wait for this months club order to come so I will have my Dashing DP!!!!!! Thank you Beate for your wonderful work. TFS
Nancy Yoder  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:40 AM
Hi, Beate!

It was fun meeting you at the Portland Regional Seminar!!! (I'm SURE you remember me!!! ;-D )

Your advent calendar is absolutely DARLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo clever!!! About how long would you say it took you to make?

Also... I'm wondering if you would be able to put a link to the place you got the favor tins? I looked all over at and couldn't find them! I did a search and these links came up:

1. Baby Favor Kits - These kits are the easiest way to create favors for your baby celebration. All components of the kit are included-you add the filler from the selection of Wilton candy and you're done!

2. Favor Accents - Add special touches to your baby favors, gift tie-ons and table decorations.

3. Favor Bands & Ties - Instant decorations for favors, bubbles, gifts! Tie one on to close filled bags and tulle puffs, or any baby favor.

4. Favor Containers - Perfect as favors–filled with candy and treats, and as gift and cake accents.

5. Favor Accents - Romantic accents add a sparkling beauty and elegance to favors, table decorations!

...but none of them were the little tins! :-( HELP!?!?!? grin

Barb Shelton  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:41 AM
Oh my Gosh!!! You are SO clever Beate!!!!!!!
Vicki Garrett  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:44 AM
Wowzers!! That's a lot of work right there, but it looks so gorgeous.
Thanks for all you do!!
Kay  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:49 AM
OK...this is gorgeous! It would be so nice not to have a "throw away" one! Beautiful job!
Becky  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 7:57 AM
WOW!! This is AWESOME!! Thank you!! I'm not sure what canvas is (I'm a newbie). Where would you recommend looking for/purchasing it in this size? Thanks again for such an EXCELLENT tutorial. I am definitely enjoying the "12 Days of Christmas" here. smile
Judy  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:05 AM
This is awesome. I was thinking just yesterday about making something like this for the boys. I don't have any of those tins tho. I'll order some and this would be great!!
Katie Skiff  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:17 AM
Oh, my goodness!! This is the most adorable project. I'm off to my local store to get the tins or tiny boxes and start creating! Man, you really can make a girl love to get messy.

I am so enjoying these projects - keep this king of thing going!

Kristen  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:34 AM
Wow! I love this project! What an awesome idea!
I think that this would be great as a monthly calender, maybe even a monthly reward chart for very active little boys, like my three!
Jacki Pintal-Kolodgy  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:34 AM
Wow...this is a really awesome and fun project, Beate! Thanks for yet another wonderful tutorial!!
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:58 AM
I was just thinking about buying an advent calendar earlier this week. Never mind...I am going to make one smile
Thanks for the tutorial. What a great and fun project!
Wendy Schwarz  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:18 AM
Oh. My. Goodness! This is so amazing! I can't wait to try this out with my son. I think it'll be a great project to work on over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thank you SO much!
Regina Davis  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:19 AM
Oh Beate -- this is amazing!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!
Christina Fischer  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:22 AM
okay, i love this!! i am so doing it tonight!!
Maggie White  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:27 AM
Great idea and just adorable, Beate! You SOOOOO Rock!
Leigh O'Brien  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:32 AM
This is a really cool project. Since my little girl cannot eat chocolat (because of milk and soy) this could be a really fun project to do for her and much more cute than whatever we can buy!
thanks for sharing smile
pesc  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:38 AM
I absolutely love this Beate! Thank you so much for taking the time to create this calendar and share it with all of us. It's so beautiful. I can't wait to start mine! Jerri
Jerri Jimenez  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 9:52 AM

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