DIY Advent Calendar

Pssst. Christmas is just around the corner…

The other night, I put the kiddo to bed, busted out some chips and salsa, turned on Oprah’s Life Class, and got to work crafting away on my Silhouette Cameo. Say hello to my very first ever Advent Calendar. Β I can hardly believe I made it myself–thanks to the super easy Silhouette Advent Calendar package.

You can get your very own Limited Edition Advent Calendar kit for only $29.99 with the promo code: LMM.
The kit comes with this adorable white box and a cd with all the downloads for the pre-sized boxes–making this project easy peasy.
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Now, I just need your advice about what to put in each of the boxes???

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    November 1, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I love this!! Need to get me one ASAP. I love that you can customize something special for each day, instead of a square of nasty chocolate like the ones from the grocery store.

    I think you should put a variety of things in the boxes. And make them things you can actually do, to make more memories. Maybe some days you could have some type of special service, or charity you could do for someone in need this holiday season. Like donate food to a food bank, or buy a toy for a family in need. Then do some fun to bring the holiday spirit, like going caroling or baking gingerbread cookies or writing Santa a letter. Infact, I love this idea so much im gonna start doing this for a family tradition! How fun, and great memories for you little one as he grows up and can some day share with his family.

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    Melanie Cantelmo
    November 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

    That is too cute!! Love it!

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    November 1, 2011 at 7:32 am

    That is darling! A lot of people just put candy, but you can get creative and put just about anything. Little activities, an ornament to place on the tree, messages. I think any little thing that will bring a smile to a person’s face, whether it’s a quick treat, or an act of service to make another person smile, would be appropriate.

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    November 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

    It looks beautiful! We do an advent calendar and write little notes with fun things to do that day. (ex. Get a tree, decorate the tree, bake cookies, write a letter to Santa, watch a Christmas movie, drive around and look at lights, make a snowman- if no snow u can do a snowman craft, send Christmas cards- my kids like to out on the stamps and put them in the mail box, take gifts to our neighbors, make a ginger bread house, etc. there is so many fun options. My kids are 2 and 4 so it’s easy to come up with ideas because kids really love anything christmas-ish. Good luck

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    November 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Adorable! (in the boxes: stickers, candy, individual toy pieces ex. lego men, crayons, I will keep thinking).
    Happy November!

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    Dyna Ly
    November 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    That’s sooo cute! I got my silhouette over the weekend and loving it! Thanks to your promo code, I got the vinyl starter kit for free. πŸ˜‰

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    November 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    This is so stinking cute! Have fun finding fun little things to fill it with!

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    November 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I DIY’d an advent garland years ago and I always put an Andes Peppermint Candy in it…well two, one for me and one for the hubs. It’s our little ritual each night in December. Those candies are so good I think about them all year. Now I just need to convince someone to buy me a Silhouette so I can make a new calendar as the garland is atrocious!

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    November 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I love it!! The boxes are super cute. Maybe you could fill it with little toys and Baby W’s favorite snacks. Or like previously suggested charitable activities or fun winter activities like “hot chocolate picnic” or “look at Christmas lights”
    Any way you rock it this is a great project!!

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    November 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    how about instead of me buying a kit and trying to craft it myself, i just pay you to make one for me πŸ™‚ it is soo cute.

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      Samantha Grey
      November 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      I agree!!

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    Tonya @ Love of Family & Home
    November 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    This is seriously ADORABLE! You did a fantastic job!

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    November 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve heard of people putting their kids’ vitamins in the advent calendar. That way they don’t forget to take them each day… and the gummies are a yummy little treat for them too!

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    November 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    This is so, so, so cute. If I were you, I would put a small Christmas ornament in each box. Take one out every night and let your little guy hang it on the tree. That we he can understand the “Christmas Countdown” πŸ™‚ We love counting down the days until Christmas over here {starting on Decmeber 1st} There is something so very magical about that when you are a child! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    Anna @ The Guiltless Life
    November 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I made my own advent calendar when I was a kid – it was from a bunch of tiny matchbox drawers stacked up to look like a Christmas tree. You stick the matchbox holders onto a triangular shaped piece of card then slide the drawers in and out (I used thumbtacks as drawer handles. Then I got my parents to stuff it with a wide variety of my favourite chocolates and candies, and number the drawers randomly. It was so fun! I wish I still had it…!

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    Le Chateau des Fleurs
    November 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I love this!! This is so cute!!
    I have an Everything baby party link and 2 giveaways on my blog. I thought you would like to enter?

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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    November 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Since Lil W is still a little too small to appreciate activities, little treats would be fun. You could throw in a few age appropriate activities too, like going to visit Santa at the mall. πŸ™‚

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    Happy Home Fairy
    November 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Your Advent Calendar came out just darling! I always love getting your creative ideas in my email. I am sorry that I don’t always leave a comment! But today I thought I might add to the amazing answers above about what to put in your Advent boxes…

    I made these Christmas Fun Cards for Happy Homes to enjoy throughout the month of December (

    And then there’s also these printable cards that give a Bible Verse from the Christmas Story each day leading up to Christmas (

    You have such a precious heart, Ashley! Thank you for always sharing it with us! Maybe these printables will bless YOU! πŸ™‚

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    November 1, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    THIS-IS-AMAZING!!! EXCELLENT job!!! : ) I have to be honest, I stared at the complete picture of the advent calendar in amazement….it’s SO beautiful!

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    November 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Chips and salsa! You are a girl after my own heart!

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    November 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    This is way too cute. I am so excited that Gav is old enough this year to do some fun stuff like this. I don’t think he will totally grasp it, but it will be fun for the hubby and me. I just ordered my machine and it looks like I will be heading over to order my kit….my bank account might be a little mad at you lol!

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    kathy h.
    November 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I tried to get onto interest and it said I was on a waiting list. Is there a way around this?

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    kathy h.
    November 1, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Meant to say PINTEREST!!! πŸ™‚

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      kathy h.
      November 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks, Ashley. Got the email with the link!!

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    November 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Too cute!

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    November 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    This is fabulous! I was just coming across these at the store last week, but they were the chinsy cardboard ones, I can’t wait to make this! Thanks!

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    November 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    candies, mini candy canes, a new ornament for the tree, red and green hershey kisses, little play cars, $1 christmas bin things (target and michaels has tons) etc! and this is very cute!

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    November 2, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Obsessed! I ordered one then realized I need a silouhette machine to complete the project….Bummer! Had to cancel my order πŸ™

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    November 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Swoon! πŸ™‚ I love this, it’s super cute!

    It’s actually the first time ever I leave a comment, but I’m reading along for a while now. And I love your blog by the way. πŸ™‚
    What I would do? Put some candy, little notes, chocolates, mini toys, just little surprises for kids to make memories… You’re so creative, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect things to put in your cute Advent calendar! Could you make one for me as well? πŸ˜‰

    Love, Inge x

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    Make and Do Girl
    November 3, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Wow, I’m really impressed with how this turned out. I’m happy to see you’ve let yourself indulge in Christmas crafts on Nov 1. I’m been just waiting for someone to give me permission. Thanks for blazing the trail!

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    [email protected] this Life
    November 4, 2011 at 2:31 am

    This is so cute! Hard to believe Christmas is around the corner! I’ve been having a great time poking around your blog tonight!! It’s so much fun…very inspiring!!

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    Kasey Williams
    November 4, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I made one (not quite as cute as yours) using old Christmas cards from the year before and in each day I put a note of something special we would do that day together (my 2 1/2 year old and myself). I was home on maternity leave last year when I did this so we had quite a bit of time together. Some were simple like get a new Christmas book and read it together, put up our Christmas tree, put together our manger and read the story of baby Jesus being born, get a Christmas sucker, give someone a suprise annomous gift, make silly sock puppets, ect. We had a lot of fun doing everything together and he looked forward to taking one off each moring. The only hard thing was knowing when we would have time to do the big things and putting them in the correct days. I did some last minute switching when things came up πŸ™‚

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    November 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    So I need a silhouette first and then I need this kit.. Where do I buy the silhouette. I am sure you have answered this ? before.

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