DIY Advent Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar @themerrythought It’s almost December already! I’m not quite sure how it happened. But I’m getting excited and actually got around to making an advent calendar this year! It’s not much fun doing an advent activity each day alone at your apartment, so I came up with another idea for my calendar… writing to a friend each day! It helps me work on my goal to write more letters and you can brighten up a loved one’s day each day of the month with some good, old fashioned snail mail!
DIY Advent Calendar @themerrythought How to make it: Cut out 25 pieces of birch plywood (I bought mine at Michael’s) the size of your matchboxes. Paint a design on each of them with white paint and then add in the numbers 1-25 with a permanent marker. Hot glue the piece of wood to the front of your matchbox. (Mine had a blank back side but if yours doesn’t, you might want to glue a plain piece of wood to the back.) Use scissors to poke a hole through the center of the top of the inside of your matchbox. Push some string through the hole and tie a knot. Go grab a pine branch and hang it by tying some string to each end. Tie each of your matchboxes to the branch.
DIY Advent Calendar @themerrythoughtDIY Post Card & Matchbox Advent Calendar @themerrythought Now you can add a piece of paper to each box with the name of who you will write to that day. I grabbed a box to display the vintage postcards I’m going to be sending out. I need to stop by the antique co-op this week and pick up a few more so I have enough for each day!
DIY Advent Calendar @themerrythought And there you go! A fun little display for your house and an easy way to share a little Christmas love with your friends and family.

xo. Caitlin

Here are a couple more of our November Christmas posts… Nutella Hot Chocolate. Mini Wreath Garland.

  • AudreyTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    I love this idea so much!!! My mom sends out Christmas cards to everyone our family knows, but since I’m still a single college girl, I don’t really have a need to do that. This letter writing advent calendar is a perfect substitute and a genius idea.ReplyCancel

  • RikkiTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    This is awesome! Love love it. I’m going to try one with my kiddos, what a great project.ReplyCancel

  • RachelTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    That’s beautiful. I love bringing the outdoors in.ReplyCancel

  • TaylorTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    This is an adorable idea. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beth CupittTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:32 pm

    this is adorable and brilliant!ReplyCancel

  • BrookeTuesday, November 19, 2013 - 11:59 pm

    so genius… love it!ReplyCancel

  • kariWednesday, November 20, 2013 - 2:20 pm

    I LOVE this idea. What a fun, celebratory way of keeping in touch.ReplyCancel

  • colleenpastoorMonday, November 25, 2013 - 7:00 am

    This is great! I love the concept and the styling… snail mail is a lost art.ReplyCancel

  • doro von Hand zu HandThursday, November 13, 2014 - 3:37 am

    i like the natural look and the nice patterns.
    thanks for sharing your tutorial! i set a link and hope you agree.

    best wishes, doro von Hand zu HandReplyCancel

  • Manualidades NavidadThursday, November 27, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Great post, love it! Nice ideas for our kids, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • NeetzyMonday, November 16, 2015 - 6:51 pm

    Great idea! Love that you can put little treasures or notes in the matchboxes.ReplyCancel

  • RaeFriday, November 27, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    So in love with this advents calendar DIY!

    Rae | Love from BerlinReplyCancel

  • ZareenaWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 11:34 am

    All your creations are awesome and inspiring. I love them. Wish u luck and hope to see more and more lovely creations. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 3:16 pm

      Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

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