the {chocolate} advent calendar

by Tina on November 30, 2012

in Celebrations, DIY

I am having the best time reading all of your suggestions for the advent book calendar that I posted yesterday and may have to order a book or two to pop into the mix to surprise my kids!  Today, I have one more idea since a few of you mentioned that your kids might protest if the chocolate advent calendar disappeared! This time I made 24 origami boxes using this tutorial and filled them with little treats for the kids (and my husband too!) I have to admit that by the 24th box I was growing a bit weary of making these, but in the end it was so worth it!  Tying each up with a pretty bow was fun because I could well imagine the looks of excitement on my kids’ faces as they unwrapped their present each day!

I already had all the supplies in my stash, so it only cost me a few bucks for the candy, though the paper and ribbon would not cost much to purchase either.  Not only do they have enough candy to share with Dad (and mom, too!), the overall cost was much lower than buying three calendars at the store.  As a frugal and creative mom, that is definitely something I can enjoy!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Sanne Krøll November 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Well worth it I think. And they can be reused for other purposes after christmas 😉


~amy~ November 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I LOVE this idea…turned out fabulous!


Anya November 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

You’re the best – lucky kids and hubby 🙂


ISHTAR OLIVERA November 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

wow Tina! they not only look AMAZING , but I utterly admire you for beign capable of making so many boxes byhand!! wow! impressed!!! : D


Andreia November 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Lovely boxes indeed! You’re awesome!


Juliette November 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I’m doing a folding-box calendar this year for S. and I’m already worried about all the folding, lol, but I’ll do it anyhow! =D Yours turned out great and is reminding me to use my big circle punch for a few of mine as well!


Kim Nielsen November 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Great idea, Tina! The boxes turned out lovely. I hope you’ll share this next week with the ladies! You are truly gifted. =)


Yvonne December 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

What a wonderful idea!!!!!
Have a nice weekend,


kelleyn December 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

How are you storing these? Are they in a basket or hanging from a small tree? Does Denmark have Christmas Markets like Germany?


Sara Spencer December 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm

So cute! Love how this turned out! The color scheme is beautiful too.


Rochelle December 2, 2012 at 11:37 pm

They are beautiful and a stunning idea! I made 12 christmas stockings last year which I hang on a natural rope with numbered pegs, then I rotate them with the following numbers as they get taken down. Mine are filled with chocolate and characters from a playmobile nativity scene. Each year the children get to build the scene and the baby Jesus comes out on the 24th. They love getting them down each morning.


Nancy G. December 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

What fun Tina. I like the balance of books and chocolate. Did you really make one for each child or is the family sharing?


Tina December 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

@Nancy Oh, no! There is plenty in each box to share!


Shelby December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am

This is such a great idea!!! …and I’m sure a way bigger pay off and then seeing them flap open those store bought ones…Looks like you did a brilliant job! Thanks for the inspiration!


Kelly November 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm

May I ask what kind of paper you used for these? What a cute idea!


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