a colorful advent is my fave

November 12, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.

Well hello, welcome to yamf’s holiday handmade – an entire month of diy projects that are sure to please. I didn’t have quite the buildup I did last year but I hope after reading that first sentence you did an arm pump with an exaggerated yes preferably in an Oprah voice. I’ve teamed up with Kirsten for the whole series so you know it’s going to be good.

This week will be dedicated to the advent calendar because I’m fond of receptacles that offer me a daily treat.
colorful advent calendar from you are my fave
To make your own, you’ll need:
– 25 paper mache boxes in varied shapes and sizes (like these)
– acrylic paint (I’m a big fan of the colors available from the Martha Stewart line)
– paint brush
– white paint pen
– gold foil sheets + adhesive (optional)
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step One: Paint the taupe boxes in a pleasing color palette. For the record – maroon, brick red and forest green is not a pleasing color palette.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Two: Number them up with the paint pen and gold foil (you can read about the technique in this post). Preferably have someone with decent handwriting complete this step.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Three: Fill with treats that won’t go stale. If this is for your kids, choose things like dum dums then get a box of Godiva truffles for yourself and hide them in a safe. With a key.
advent calendar from you are my fave


  • On November 12, 2012 , Gina said:

    LOVE. LOVE LOVE. Simple is best, isn’t it? Filing this one away. Thank you.

  • On November 12, 2012 , Melissa@Julia's Bookbag said:

    All the little boxes!!!! so so cute.

  • On November 12, 2012 , Sarah said:

    I promise I did a fist pump in my mind. Love this and can’t wait to see what else you will be sharing!

  • On November 12, 2012 , Karen said:

    The colors you selected are so pretty! When I saw this I was channeling Oprah’s audience circa the 2007 Favorite Things episode, instead of Oprah herself. Hope that’s ok.

  • On November 12, 2012 , Mary said:

    Absolutely awesome.

  • On November 12, 2012 , Joy | Frock Files said:

    So pretty. And good things come in small packages, so…

  • On November 12, 2012 , Kelly @ Studio DIY said:

    What an awesome advent calendar, Melanie! And love the color palette! I’m not a huge fan of red + green together either. =)

  • On November 12, 2012 , Tara said:

    Love the colors!

  • On November 12, 2012 , Yelle said:

    Oooo! All of these variations of style, shape, and color make me want to open them all! So cute!

  • On November 12, 2012 , little kitchie said:

    oh my goodness, love love LOVE! i will try this project next week!

  • On November 12, 2012 , Rachel said:

    I’m a huge fan of advent calendars. These are quite a step up from the cardboard ones with the chocolates behind the little doors we got when I was a kid! I made a fun advent a few years ago where my kids pin the ornament on a felt tree, but candy ones are awesome, too!

  • On November 12, 2012 , April Louise said:

    This is such a great idea and I love the happy colours! I am a fan of receiving a daily treat too! I am forever taking chocolate breaks with my friends in the studio!

  • On November 12, 2012 , Monsterscircus said:

    Wondeful treats for the eyes and the mouth 🙂 so lovely colours, Thanks for the inspiration and have a beautiful day.

  • On November 12, 2012 , Stephanie @ henry happened said:

    how fun – my kids would love opening a box every day! We do a little something each day of Hanukkah and they go nuts.

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  • On November 13, 2012 , Haley Kjar said:

    Absolutley loved this! Definitely fist pump and Oprah-voice-YES worthy indeed. 🙂 I saw this earlier today and went to Michaels this evening and came back with 24 sweet, Christmas-shaped boxes I’m excited to paint gold and add white numbers to…I think my boy will love it! Definitely chocolate kisses for him and toblerone pieces for me. 😉 Thanks again, and happy holidays to you and your two handsome men. 🙂


  • On November 13, 2012 , Nicole @ Treasure Tromp said:

    oh lovely!

  • On November 15, 2012 , Diana Rainer said:

    So pretty looking! I would totally do this if I could find somewhere in our home where my cat would not destroy them. What a menace to society.

  • On November 15, 2012 , the lane said:

    absolutely LOVE advent and advent calendars.. the colorful boxes are such a cute idea!

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  • On November 17, 2012 , jen said:

    this is awesome!! definitely going to be making this for my kiddos this year 🙂

  • On November 19, 2012 , Haley Kjar said:

    I made my advent calendar! Thank you for the inspiration! I blogged about it too… 🙂 http://adamandhaleykjar.blogspot.com/2012/11/diy-christmas-advent-calendar.html

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    Ahhh! I LOVE the colors of these boxes! I purchased this lovely DIY one from etsy today!


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