DIY Paper star advent calendar

Christmas crafts season in officially up on the blog, Yeah!!!! The advent calendar has become a tradition for our family. Each year I try to find a new way to make one. I use to fill the calendar with candies and chocolates but I want to try something different this year. Each day we will open the calendar and find an activity to make together. It’s a nice way to spend a little more time with each other…at the end it’s what Christmas is about. The kids also participate and made some suggestions, here are some of the things we are going to make: playing family games, bake a cake, make a pillow fight, spend time to the playground, eating crêpes (several time…my kids loves crepes).

The stars advent calendar is quite simple to make, here goes the list of material you will need:

  • 24 sheets of brown paper (or any other color you like)
  • Printer
  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • White embroidery thread
  • Some small Christmas ornaments
  • A hole puncher
  • A dowel and a wood ring

You first need to print the star shapes, you can download the free printable HERE.

Once the 24 sheets are printed, cut the stars one for the front and one for the back of each envelope.

To create the envelope I stitched the sides of both stars, leaving the top open to be able to slide a note inside. No worries if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can just glue the edges together it will work as fine.

Punch a hole in the top tip, and put a note with some family activities to do, a nice a quote, or the name of a Christmas tale to read.

Put your stars in lines (or not), just arrange them the way you want to hang them on the dowel.

Cut a piece of embroidery thread and attach each star on the dowel. If you like, you can add some small ornaments like bells, wooden beads, pine branches… You can also wrap some garland around the dowel. To hang the advent calendar on the wall, cut a piece of thread and attach it at each end of the dowel. And done, wait until December first and enjoy every day before Christmas.



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  1. Mamyca
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    Vraiment sympa ton calendrier de l’avent ! Et il faut de l’imagination pour trouver de quoi remplir chaque étoile ?. Je suis sûre que les enfants adorent !

    • amaryllis
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      Ça va pour faire des chouettes activités ils ont pas mal d’imagination…on a “manger des crêpes” comme 5 fois 🙂

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    This looks super cool and cute! I really wanna make one here as well, thanks for the idea!

    • amaryllis
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      I’m glad you like it Isadora…have fun making your advent calendar!

  3. Laina
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    I love this advent calendar! It is minimalist yet it is warm with purpose! I am making this for the kids! Thank you for sharing your talent!

    • amaryllis
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      Thank you so much for your nice comment Laina! I hope your kids will enjoy them advent calendar!

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    Such a nice idea! I love the idea of doing things together instead of trinkets.

    • amaryllis
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      Thanks Ann. As they still have plenty of Halloween candies, I thought that some fun family activities will be better that more sugar 😉