DIY Advent Calendar Book

Hey Guys, 

You have been asking me for years to do a project like this and I finally got it done.  I wanted to make sure I could bring it to you in a way that would be easy to make and I think I have.

All my measurements are below:


You will need 24 pieces that are 4x7 inch card stock for the boxes.

Scored on the 4 inch side at 1 and 3

Scored on the 7 inch side at 1, 3, 4 and 6

For box placement sheets, you will need two pieces of card stock cut to 8 x 10 1/2 inches.

Scored on the 8 inch side at 1/2, 2 1/2, 3, 5, 5 1/2 and 7 1/2

Scored on the 10 1/2 inch side and score at 1/2,  2 1/2, 3, 5, 5 1/2, 7 1/2, 8 and 10 inches


2 pieces of chipboard 8 1/4 x 10 3/4

Spine is 2 1/4 X 10 3/4

To cover your book card stock you need a piece that is 21 x 12 inches. Glue a 12 x 12 piece to a 12 x 10 1/2. Overlap the pieces 1 1/2 inches.

The inside cover piece for the spine is 4 x 10 3/4 inches

Box Top Decoration

Box tops base layer 1 3/4 x 1 3/4, scallop circles are 1 5/8 and the circles are 1 1/2

Supplies I used:

Mintay Winterland Paper

Alpha Bold Stamp Set

Black Cardstock


Bearly Art Glue

Art Glitter Glue

Tim Holtz Ruler


Bone Folder


Circle Die

Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Fiskars Blocks


Pokey Tool




Celeste Thrower

Celeste Thrower

Love this! Took time but wasn’t hard, turned out lovely!

Maryann Sullivan

Maryann Sullivan

I can’t believe you made this! I’m so happy. I saw a picture of this advent calendar book about 3 weeks ago and was searching for instructions, especially for the boxes. I’ve tried making a couple but none of which I liked. Thank you for this tutorial – the boxes are perfect! As always May May comes through with beautiful easy to follow instructions. Thank you I’ll be making one tomorrow!!

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