How to make a diy nativity advent calendar


  • Nativity figures or Printable Kindness Cards
  • Printable advent numbers
  • felt
  • scissors
  • HeatnBond
  • iron
  • flat wood trim
  • cotton rope or yarn
  • glue gun

Make Time: 2 Hours

Step 1: Cut the backing piece for your advent calendar. This should be 17″ wide and 24″ tall. I doubled up my backing and used fabric glue to glue two pieces together because my felt was a little thin. You can skip this step if you are happy with the thickness of your felt. On one end, make a light pencil mark at the halfway point of the short side. Then measure up 5″ on both long sides and make a mark at each point. Cut from each of these points to the halfway point on the short side to create a pointed, flag-like bottom for your backing.

Step 2: Cut out 24 squares of felt, each 3″ x 3″. You can use all one color or mix them up like we did.

Step 3: Using the instructions on the packaging, apply HeatnBond to one side of the felt that you’d like for your numbers. Download and print our number file right here, print and cut numbers 1-0, and trace numbers 1-24 onto the HeatnBond, being sure to trace them backwards. You’ll get the cleanest felt if you trace the numbers backward onto the wrong side of your felt. This way you won’t have any pe marks on the front side of your felt after cutting. Then cut these out with your scissors.

Step 4: Place the numbers, HeatnBond side down, onto each square once you have decided the order of the colors you’d like. Iron the numbers onto the felt squares.

Step 5: Glue your squares onto the felt backing piece using hot glue. Starting about 2″ from the top of the backing (the top is the short side that you did not cut into a point), spread five squares evenly across the width of the backing. Glue each of these down on both sides and the bottom, but leave the top of each square unglued so that you can insert the nativity pieces. Repeat this process for four rows. You should have four squares left; center these on the bottom row.

Step 6: Use hot glue to glue the wood trim to the backing. We used a piece in the front and a piece in the back, then tied a knot on either end of our rope and sandwiched the rope between the two pieces of wood, with a knot at the bottom to secure it.

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