Folding Box Christmas Calendar

Use folded boxes made of light cardboard to create a cheap advent calendar - They are lovingly decorated and placed in a large basket, waiting for their big day.

  • Printed templates for the folding boxes and numbers
  • motif cardboard "marble"
  • cardboard in gold and pink
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • cutter
  • ribbons in gold and pink (3 mm)
  • punch pliers
  • small twigs
  • tesa Glue Roller Permanent ecoLogo®
  • tesa® Double-sided adhesive tape

How we do it:


Collect all items and let's start!

DIY Advent Calendar / Overview


Cut out the templates for the folding boxes and transfer the outlines on the cardboard using a pencil. Depending on the size of the gifts, make large or small folding boxes. The templates can be adjusted to any desired size.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 1


Transfer all dashed lines. For the round lines, cut out one of the flaps from the template and trace it accordingly.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 2


Now, carefully trace all inner lines with the cutter - Make sure you carve the cardboard only slightly on the surface. This way, the lines will fold easier and cleaner.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 3


Fold the long lines upwards, and place a strip of double-sided adhesive tape on the top of the wider backside. Remove the protective film and assemble the box.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 4


Fill and close the boxes, by folding the flaps inwards along the folding lines.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 5


For the tags, cut 8.5 x 2 cm strips from the cardboard. Cut the number templates into long strips (1.5 x 8 cm) using a cutter and a ruler. Make sure you leave enough space at the front of the strip (for the hole) by placing the number at the other end of the strip. Using the roller, apply glue to the backside of the numbers.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 6


Glue the number strips on the cardboard.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 7


Punch a hole in the tag and fix it to the box with the ribbon. Embellish your homemade Christmas decoration with small twigs.

DIY Advent Calendar / Step 8
tesa® Advent Folding Stencil small
tesa® Advent Folding Stencil large
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