Marlowe’s DIY Holiday Advent Calendar


Today I thought I’d share with you guys how our family is counting down the days until Christmas for Marlowe:  My DIY Advent Calendar!  I have always loved Advent Calendars, but I wanted to come up with one that Marlowe and I could decorate together, and that could be hung on the wall (Those ornament trees or little numerical villages are great, but I have a toddler.  Nothing that can be pushed or pulled down, please!) With just a quick trip to the craft store, and a bit of imagination, we made an Advent Calendar that I can’t wait to use for years to come!


What You Will Need:

  • 1 Large rectangular Cork Board
  • Festive wrapping paper
  • 2 faux festive garlands
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue cartridges
  • Baker’s twine
  • Treat bags
  • Clothespins
  • Stickers, washi tape, Markers, Number & Letters, accessories to decorate the Countdown bags
  • Treats for the Countdown bags! (ornaments, figurines, candy, etc)




Start with your cork board.  Cover it in your festive wrapping paper as if you are wrapping a present.  Make sure there aren’t any seems on the cork “front” visible.  Use the hot glue gun to glue the garlands around the perimeter of the cork board.  Add a festive little figurine or two! I glued two little red cardinals on the top ledge of the board.  Now, decorate your treat bags! Make sure you line them up as you’re making them to spread out the stickers, decorations, etc so that there aren’t groupings of the same looking stickers in one place and that the decorated bags look good as a cohesive whole.   Now, hang the string! Figure out how many rows you will need for your size cork board, and secure lines of string across the board using thumbtacks.  The foliage around the rim will hide the tacks.  Place them as close to the frame of the cork board as possible, and then wrap the string so it is very tight and taut.  I used three lines of bakers twine wrapped in to one for extra strength.  Hang up your Advent Countdown Bags in order! Secure each one on the “line” with a clothespin. I love the natural wood look of bare clothespins but you can always paint them to match your festive paper, or use washi tape to cover the wood!

Let the Countdown Begin!


Do you guys make your own advent calendars? What do you put inside? Marlowe was very happy with the days so far that have included CANDY.  Hahaha.






Photographs by Nina Suh for Love And Lemonade Photography



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  1. Molly says:

    Sweet idea! I am loving the paint color in this room. Do you know the name and brand by chance?

    12.18.15 Reply
    • Hi Molly!

      It is called “Gentleman’s Grey”, by Benjamin Moore I believe…


      12.18.15 Reply
  2. abby says:

    ok, where is your gold fun sweater from?

    12.18.15 Reply
    • Hi Abby!
      Isn’t that sweater so fun?! It’s a few years old, by Alice + Olivia. I couldn’t find anything like it or I would have supplied a link! 🙁

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