Make an Advent Calendar {CCC}


Let the Crazy Christmas Crafts begin!! I’m SOO excited about this post today! I’m going to show you how to make an advent calendar … I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I will have this for years to come and my kids already cant wait for the count down.


This advent calendar comes from the one and only SILHOUETTE company. And lucky for you they’re hooking up all naptime readers with a TEN dollar off coupon code. To get your very own {limited addition} advent calendar go here and enter NAPTIME as the promo code.



The advent calendar comes with ALL the downloads to print and cut the exact size boxes for your advent calendar. You can personalize it however you’d like with different colored/patterned paper, ribbons and embellishments.  I’m proud to say the only thing I purchased were the numbers. I love using up my scrapbook paper {I have way too much}!


Want to make one? Let’s get started…


{ make an advent calendar }

The first thing I did was pull up the designs in The Silhouette Studio. Remember when you order the advent calendar it comes with over 50 free downloads to make different size boxes. Once my box was cut, I folded on the dotted lines and glued it together. In the end I just used hot glue… it was much faster! This part does take awhile… but  I found that folding one box while the other is cutting makes it go by way faster!


Then for the numbers I wanted something a little more unique. I found these game pieces from Jo-Ann’s that were perfect (make sure to bring a coupon)! If you don’t have one local you can find them here:Advantus Idea Ology Game Pieces 90/Pkg. I loved the pieces… but they weren’t quite the EXACT look I was going for. So I lightly glued them down to a piece of paper (so they didn’t fly away) and spray painted them with Textured Metallic.


I also found that making the boxes as you go helps see what colors/patterns look good together. Once all the boxes were finished I cut out shapes (It’s a .99cent download for 7 of the most adorable shapes, search: 7 labels in the Silhouette Studio) using my scrap pieces. I glued my numbers on the shapes and embellished my boxes with ribbon, ric rac and twine.


I L-O-V-E how they turned out! Don’t you just love spray paint?! It works miracles!!


Fill all your boxes with candy or fun activities and your all set! Is it too early to keep it out?! {winks}


If you’d like to get your hands on this limited edition advent calendar… head to the Silhouette Shop and grab one before they’re gone. Use code NAPTIME for a $10 off discount!


So who’s already started holiday crafting?! November is the PERFECT time!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Tanya Phillips posted on November 1, 2011 at 9:56 am (#

    love it! totally adorable!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm (#

      Thanks Tanya! I had a lot of fun with it!

  2. jen posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:20 am (#

    I made a Christmas dress for my babes, a table runner, and mug rug already. I LOVE that advent calendar!!!!! I soooooo hope someone gets me a silhouette this year (2nd year on my christmas list)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm (#

      Thanks Jen! And wow, you’ve been busy! Way to go!!

  3. Annette A. posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:30 am (#

    love it…these are just fun.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm (#

      Thanks Annette! :)

  4. Abbey posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:47 am (#

    Very cute, Jamielyn. I love how it turned out. I may just have to make one :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm (#

      Thanks Abbey! I can’t wait to use it this year! :) xo

  5. nicolette @ momnivores dilemma posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:59 am (#

    Totally cute, Jamielyn. Given that I am Santa, I am getting myself the Cameo and a big ol’ Le Cru pot…

    Great party you have going…I’ll be back soon.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm (#

      OOO Santa’s being nice this year! ;) You’re going to LOVE it!!

  6. Nessa posted on November 1, 2011 at 2:40 pm (#

    what a great idea. and so great to get the littles involved.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm (#

      Thanks Nessa! I know my son’s going to love this tradition!

  7. cathy d posted on November 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm (#

    I so love the advent calender, wish I could figure out how to do it on the Cricut:(

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm (#

      Thanks Cathy! :) I’m not to familiar with cricut, that would be awesome if they had something similar!

  8. Megan posted on November 1, 2011 at 6:02 pm (#

    It looks fantastic. I wish I had the The Silhouette Studio but I will have to wait. You said that you purchased the shapes..would you mind sharing where you purchased them from? Thanks

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:50 pm (#

      Thanks Megan! I purchase them in the Silhouette Studio. {hugs}

  9. Kathryn Griffin posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:25 am (#

    That is the best Advent Calendar I’ve ever seen! So colorful! Thanks for sharing. Have a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm (#

      Ah thanks Kathryn! That’s so sweet! I really love how it turned out too! :)

  10. linda @ craftaholics anonymous posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm (#

    your advent is so cute! fun to see how different everyone’s turned out.
    thanks for having me guest post yesterday! :)
    happy crafting,

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm (#

      Thanks Linda! I know, it’s so fun to see everyone’s! Loved them all! xo

  11. andrea cammarata posted on November 3, 2011 at 5:25 am (#

    this is truly the BEST Advent calendar EVER!!!!!!! it turned out fabulously! I ADORE IT!!!! so happy i found you at the shabby creek!

  12. Stephanie posted on November 3, 2011 at 10:01 am (#

    This is super cute! I love how it turned out. Great choice of paper!

  13. Amy @ Positively Splendid posted on November 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm (#

    Love the numbers you used! This turned out great!

  14. Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses posted on November 8, 2011 at 1:12 am (#

    I love this! I hope you’ll stop by my fairly new party. The party is open until Friday here,

  15. Sara posted on November 8, 2011 at 10:24 am (#

    So pretty! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party!

  16. Jessica Taylor posted on November 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm (#

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm (#

      Thanks Jessica! I had so much fun making it! :) {hugs}

  17. Lolly Jane posted on November 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm (#

    you did a good job on this, miss jamielyn. our readers agree…you were among the top-clicked link. (:

  18. Jessica Nicely posted on November 13, 2011 at 8:01 am (#

    I LOVE this!!!! Great job, SO cute!!!! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on November 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm (#

      Thanks Jessica!! It was a lot of fun to make. Have a good night! Xo

  19. Mary Beth posted on November 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm (#

    One stumble onto a wreath has lead me to you & I’m in LOVE with the site as well as this project! :) I would love to make this, but I don’t have a Silhouette machine. I only have a Cricut as I’m a scrapper who is just now starting to venture out into more crafts :) Do you think I could make the boxes on that without the download?? Thx for sharing!

  20. Dee posted on November 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm (#

    I hope you will link this up to The cSI Project on Wednesday or Thursday. The challenge is Advent Calendars,.

  21. emily posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm (#

    SO cute! I love this idea! I’m having an advent link up and would love for you to join!

  22. Judy posted on December 5, 2011 at 6:11 am (#

    That came out beautiful. I wanted to make one as well but Silhouette sold out before I could order. Hopefully next year. You will have that forever. It’s gorgeous.

  23. tanya posted on February 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm (#

    hi i was just wondering if this is still available to purchase?

    • Jamielyn posted on February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm (#

      Hey Tanya! It was a seasonal item from Silhouette. They should get them back in stock in September or so.

  24. Cathy posted on November 7, 2014 at 10:18 am (#

    Where can I get advent christmas calendar silhouette???
    Thank you

  25. Wanda Ball posted on January 30, 2015 at 11:01 am (#

    Love your ideas…I still make an advent calendar for my 18 yr old.