DIY Wooden Advent Calendar

One thing that signals the start of Christmas for me is an advent calendar. Ever since I was little, my mum has bought me a chocolate calendar, even as an adult. The one year she didn’t buy one for my brothers or me because we were ‘too old’ (I was 25!) and she was bombarded with texts from us all asking where our calendars were. A couple of days later, a Peppa Pig one turned up. She’s never made that mistake again. Even now, at the age of 31, I still get one from her.

DIY Wooden Advent Calendar

When we were asked on behalf of Action Storage, retailers of lockers for business, to take part in their DIY wooden advent calendar challenge, I knew we couldn’t say no. I knew we would have fun decorating it, filling it and opening it!

The wooden calendar is available to buy from Hobbycraft and I think at £8 it’s brilliant value – it can be used year after year. We were sent a £20 voucher to go to Hobbycraft and buy all the pretty things needed to decorate it.

DIY Wooden Advent Calendar

Our Christmas decorations are all very traditional – red, green and gold – and I wanted to keep to that theme with the calendar. I bought some paint in these colours, including some glittery paint, some stick on poinsettias, some sparkly stars and gold sparkly buttons. It was glitter heaven. I wanted some wooden numbers to stick on the doors, but the store had completely sold out, so I bought some number stamps. I also got a mini hot glue gun and some glue sticks.

As soon as I started I realised I had bought the wrong paint – it needed acrylic. With our nearest store being a 60-mile round trip, I decided to just carry on anyway. It isn’t the best finish ever, but from a distance, it looks ok. I can always say the kids painted it, right?!

Once it had a couple of coats of paint, I started to try and stamp the numbers on. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite go to plan either (are you seeing a theme here?!), so I covered them up as best as I could with the embellishments. In the end, I used a sharpie to write the numbers on! I finished it off by glueing some gold ricrac from the craft cupboard to the base of the calendar.


It’s far from perfect. Up close, you can see where the paint has splodged and where things are a bit wonky. But, from a distance, it looks alright. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun decorating it, and the kids love it!

*We were provided with the product and a voucher for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

41 thoughts on “DIY Wooden Advent Calendar”

  1. We have a reusable one. It’s worth spending a little more and filling it up with a bag of Celebrations or similar bought from Home Bargains – It saves money in the long run. You did a great job on this!

  2. I’ve got a set of mini stockings to hang up as my calendar (and my mum gives me chocolate to fill it up too)!

  3. What a wonderful idea! I like how hard this is. Most of our advent calendars don’t make it through to Christmas. This one I know would.

  4. This looks like such a fun craft! I love the idea of making your own advent calendar and being able to fill it with whatever you like

  5. I’ve never tried making a DIY advent calendar before! That’s a lot of fun and you can customize it any way you like! Love the idea!

  6. This is such an awesome idea!!! We just bought our advent calendar but this would’ve been way cooler and fun to do!!! Saving this idea! Ty for sharing!!

  7. I saw this is on hobbycraft and thought it was lovely. We already have a wooden one otherwise I’d have got this. I actually bought the sleigh they have there which you can decorate x

  8. The wooden calendar looks simply amazing and I love how you have transformed it to gold with some wonderful Christmas decorations to go with the Holiday season. Creativity at its best to get the best!

  9. Wow, what an amazing calendar, I haven’t see anything like this before. It’s so amazing!

  10. This looks so good. Haha I still get an advent calendar for my mum too and I’m 27. You’re never too old. I really want a wooden one for my daughter, I think she’d have so much fun decorating her own! x

  11. Oh my gosh, this is just too cute. I’m glad it’s not too late to make one of these, the grand kids will love counting down until Christmas.

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