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Chalkboard Advent Calendar DIY

Here is another advent calendar. This one involves little boxes and chalkboard paint plus a little tree to hang them on. This is super easy and inexpensive to make. You can make the whole thing in about an hour. See more of our advent calendar ideas right here.

Click through for instructions.

Materials Needed: Chalkboard Spray Paint, 25 2″ Boxes, Chalk, Ribbon, Mini Christmas Tree, Prizes and Small Toys

Step 1: Lay out flattened boxes outside on newspaper. Spray them with chalkboard paint and wait for them to dry. Once dry, turn them over and spray the other side with chalkboard paint and let dry.
Step 2: Fold up boxes and write numbers 1-25 in chalk on the front.
Step 3: Fill with prizes and tie each box onto the tree.

Credits and our Talented Contributors:
Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Directed by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Ashley Rose Kirschling
Crafting and Calligraphy by Julie Manwaring at Flourish & Whim

  1. Tiffany @ BabyList

    November 26, 2012

    Love this! Chalk- hand lettering- bakers twine…not much would make this more perfect!! Maybe an eggnog latte?

  2. Gina

    November 26, 2012

    I am sensing a theme here of advent calendars. 🙂 Very cute!

  3. Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls

    November 26, 2012

    What a fantastic and creative idea! I love it so much! I’ve skipped advent calendar this year, but I’m definitely pinning this for future!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  4. christin

    November 26, 2012

    this is the cutest thing i ever did see. LOVE this!

  5. meagan

    November 26, 2012

    so cute!

    xo the egg out west.

  6. Angel Y.

    November 26, 2012

    This is amazing! Would love to do it this year.

  7. little kitchie

    November 26, 2012

    This is a great one! The colors are striking for holiday decorating. Love!

  8. Anna

    November 26, 2012

    This one is great! Here’s my caledar, that I made by myself :

  9. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    November 26, 2012

    Ages ago I bought a pre-made advent house, but its lovely tutorials like this that make me smack my head and think ‘why didn’t I think of that?’

    Quick question, do you put anything inside, or are they empty? When my husband and I put little treats for each other in ours…

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  10. Maria

    November 26, 2012


  11. Susan C>

    November 26, 2012

    You could put an activity to do or blessing to give instead of a throwaway plastic object
    ie. decorate Christmas cookies or take canned food to a food drive. the Advent tree and chalk boxes are beautiful.

  12. Alessandra

    November 26, 2012

    just great!!!
    thank you for sharing,
    xxx Alessandra

  13. Amie

    November 26, 2012

    What a creative little project! This could be made especially fun for kids with exciting little treasures inside!
    You’ve finally nudged me enough to be in the mood to start my Christmas decorating!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  14. isabelle - laminutedeco

    November 27, 2012

    Great idea. It’s one of my favorite calendar.

  15. Gertrude from

    November 27, 2012

    What a fantastic idea!I’ve never tried an advent calendar before!Maybe I must hurry and make one for December!!

  16. Hilary Freeman

    November 27, 2012

    You are making it very hard for me to narrow down my advent calendar options!!

  17. Liz

    November 28, 2012

    What a creative idea! Seeing all of these advent calendars reminds me of my childhood. I love the chalkboard boxes. So dreamy.

  18. Summer

    November 28, 2012

    My favourite advent that I’ve seen this year. Would love to try this, so creative!

  19. Sarah

    November 29, 2012

    Love it! Especially the chalkboard paint on top! We just made a free one too for everyone to download with meaningful activities.

  20. Kristen @ miss prissy paige

    November 30, 2012

    I love this idea & the red & white ribbon really pops with the chalkboard spray paint. I didn’t even know chalkboard spray paint existed until now. I’ve been living under a rock!

  21. Daphne

    December 1, 2012

    Interesting Christmas Idea! Love that handwritten typography too.

  22. Esther from A Lovely State of Mind

    December 4, 2012

    love this – i’m a little behind but totally going to attempt to make this this week!

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