Vintage Advent Calendar

November 28, 2011 |  by  |  Blog, Christmas, DIY, Freebies, Holidays

Okay, girlies!

I made an Advent Calender, which has kind of a vintage style.

My last years Advent Calendar was featured in this beautiful magazine from the UK, Mollie Makes. For the DIY go here.

This year I thought I would re-purpose this old window frame and turn it into a calendar.

The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would count down the first 24 days of December physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1.

Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle (perhapsthe genesis of today’s Advent wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.

Some modern calendars are labeled as “countdown calendars” and are designed to start at number 24 and count down to number 1 so the number of days until Christmas can be easily determined. Each compartment displays an image, which can be either a feature of the Nativity story and the birth of Jesus or a piece of paraphernalia to do with Christmas.

You can find the DIY for the re-purposed frame here.


Just cut out printables, punch a hole and put a ribbon through, attach to the frame. Make 24 little bags out of white fabric and fill them with goodies!

All the images are from the awesome Graphics Fairy!

Don’t forget to share your wishes here!


//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. What a wonderful idea. I love it!

    Hugs, Nina
    STYLIZIMO recently blogged..{ First Sunday of Advent… }

  2. Incredible Calendar…i love it…it’s cool. I have another but typical with Santa Klaus.

    I follow

    XOXO from Barcelona

    La Vie Quotidienne

  3. Absolutely beautiful! Great idea, thanks. :)
    Jonni recently blogged..Kindergarten Pictures at School

  4. SWEET!!! looks really beautiful. great job and as always: fantastic inspiration ;-) thanks for that, have a lovely day
    Helene @ Homebound recently blogged..{three wise women…}

  5. liebe sybille,
    oh wie wunderschön… das wäre mal eine idee für einen wunderschönen erwachsenen-adventskalender, davon gibts nämlich wenig schöne finde ich…
    toller tip!
    danke und bis bald,
    *bee aus münchen

  6. I really love your blog and I wrote an article with your advent calendar DIY if you want have a look it will be a pleasure ( )
    Cam_lle recently blogged..Sunday Manicure

  7. OH MY! I LOVE THIS! (and your blog!) I will def be using this for next year! I purchased this lovely DIY one from etsy today!

    I LOOOVE christmas!


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