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Take Out Box Advent Calendar

You’ll love this unique advent calendar idea!

This was submitted by reader Fiona Hatfield from Ontario, Canada. She replied to one of the emails I sent about advent calendars, (you know you can do that, right?) and I quickly sent her a request asking if I could share it here! (If you are not on the Scrapbook Wonderland email list it’s easy to SUBSCRIBE!)

Lucky for us she agreed and I’m so pleased to share this advent calendar with you!

Fiona created an advent calendar using takeout boxes. Her banister looks amazing with the greenery, lights, and the rich red colour of the boxes.

Like any true crafter (or passionately determined one) she didn’t take the easy route… no pre-made boxes or die cuts for her! She cut each of the boxes by hand using a template.

Fiona Hatfield Advent Calendar image

Here’s what Fiona said.

I made tiny Chinese takeout containers for my advent calendar and attached them to my banister. I have filled them with Christmas experiences (eg. Christmas music dance party, or bake holiday cookies) plus a healthy sprinkling of toys and chocolates. My daughter is more than happy to wake up 30 minutes early every day to find out what’s in the box.

The scary thing is, I made each one of these by hand … No die, no cutting machine … Labour of love.

Here’s a link to the template Fiona used:



1. Not only did Fiona HAVE the idea to make the calendar, she ACTUALLY DID IT!

2. She found creative activities and experiences to put inside the boxes, so it wasn’t just about treats or gifts. (A Christmas music dance party? BRILLIANT!)

  1. She didn’t make excuses as to why it couldn’t be done. Lack of a die cutting machine might have made the project more difficult, but definitely not impossible.
  2. It’s absolutely gorgeous and adds perfectly to her holiday decor.

Thank you so much Fiona for sharing your advent calendar with us! I’m sure this helps to add to the magic of your Christmas season.

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If you love this advent calendar as much as I do be sure to leave a comment for Fiona!

Let your creativity shine!


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  • Kristie Sloan 4 December, 2015, 2:28 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I love it, and how it is even a big part of the banister decor! Bravo, and thanks for sharing!

  • Diane 4 December, 2015, 2:57 pm

    What a wonderful project! It sounds like you have lots of fun ideas for the contents – great that they are not only candy and toys even though those are appreciated too I am sure;) I admire your patience in hand cutting so many boxes. Thanks for sharing this great decoration and tradition.

  • Beth Soler 5 December, 2015, 8:00 pm

    What a wonderful idea! I still haven’t gotten my Advent Calendar out of the Christmas box yet this year but I think these little boxes are amazing!

    • Alice. 6 December, 2015, 12:42 am

      They are so great, right? There’s been a few times that I didn’t get my advent calendar ready in time. It happens, we just have to accept what happens and enjoy Christmas.

  • JenFW 6 December, 2015, 8:33 am

    For those of us who aren’t using this idea this year, let’s have the kids cut out and make the boxes this year, and then we’ll use them next year!

    • Alice. 6 December, 2015, 10:56 am

      That is a BRILLIANT idea Jen!!!

    • Cara 11 December, 2015, 2:15 pm

      OMG that’s a fantastic idea!!