Sparkly Ornament Advent Calendar

Well ho ho ho hello there!  Can you believe how fast Christmas is coming?!  Breathe Jo-Anna…breathe.  Deep breaths.  We got this.  😉  I’m really going to try hard not to stress this year.  I want us all to enjoy the season…because the season is what our family looks forward to so much…the month of Christmas baking and music and decoration and gatherings with friends & family.

To kick off the season, like many of you, we have advent calendars to count down to the big day.  I usually buy those candy or picture advent calendars, but this year I wanted to do something a little different and make my own.  I was inspired by this advent calendar that I saw on Bower Power blog a couple of years ago, so when I received a box of ornaments in the mail recently, I knew they would make an amazing advent calendar.

This is a really simple advent calendar…all you need is a picture frame and 25 ornaments – one to hang on the Christmas tree each day!

DIY Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}

The idea with this advent calendar is that there is a unique ornament for each day leading up to Christmas that the kids can hang on our tree.

Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}

Here’s How To:


  • A picture frame
  • A piece of cork board to fit the frame
  • Paper or fabric to cover the cork board
  • 25 paper key tags (you can find these in any office supply store)
  • 25 silver push pins
  • 25 ornaments
  • number stamps & silver stamping ink
  • Large ribbon for hanging the frame.

Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}


  • First choose a frame for your calendar, then string through a 2 1/2 foot long ribbon for hanging.
  • Then cut a piece of cork board to fit the frame, and wrap it in paper or fabric.  I liked this sparkly wrapping paper, as it was very forgiving when I needed to move around the push pins…it hid tiny holes well.
  • Place the covered cork board firmly into the frame.
  • Chose 25 different ornaments to hang in the frame.
  • To mark each day, you can use paper key tags, and stamp them with the number of the day.
  • Now it’s time to hang the ornaments!  First lay out the ornaments approximately where you would like to hang them.
  • Use a push pin to first hang the date tag, then the ornament.

That’s it!  SO simple!

DIY Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}

Here’s what mine looked like all done!  Sparkly, fun & festive!

Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}

The fun part of making your own advent calendar is you can tailor it to your own Christmas decor.  Have fun with colours, textures and different kinds of ornaments!

Here are some ideas for your calendar:

  • Use a picture frame that you can hang on your wall each season.
  • Or put heavy duty magnets on the back of the frame so that you can hang it on your fridge.
  • Keep the background on the frame neutral so you can change the ornaments every year.  I just used silver sparkly wrapping paper.

Instead of tree ornaments you can hang:

  • Little envelopes with Christmas messages.
  • Or put a little note in an envelope that has a seasonal activity to do for that day:  things like skating, make hot chocolate, go for a walk, bake cookies…
  • You can hang little bags filled with candy.
  • Fill envelopes or little boxes with tiny treasures like money, earrings, erasers…fun little dollar store items.

Ornament Advent Calendar {A Pretty Life}

Thank you so much for reading today!  Maybe you’ll make an advent calendar this year?  There are so many great ways to personalize your own!

Have an inspired day!

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  • Reply Bette @ Somerset Lane November 27, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    What a great Idea! I really love the colours of the ornaments!

    • Reply Jo-Anna November 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Thank you Bette!

  • Reply Lori November 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Gorgeous. Simple. LOVE the colours!

    • Reply Jo-Anna November 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Lori! It’s kind of fun heh?! 😉

  • Reply Catie @ Catie's Corner November 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Very cute, Jo-Anna! What a great idea. I love all your bright sparkly ornaments, soo pretty. =)

    • Reply Jo-Anna November 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks Catie! Hope all is going well with you! 🙂

  • Reply Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate November 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I am loving this! So sparkly and festive. I cannot wait to crack open my Lindt advent calendar in a couple of days!

    • Reply Jo-Anna November 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Thanks Mallory! Ooooh, I love Lindt – I’d be excited too, lol!

  • Reply Tara @ Suburble November 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    I love this! The colours are gorgeous! Such a great idea!

  • Reply Virginia Fynes November 29, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    The colors are amazing! What a perfect idea for the kiddos!

  • Reply lookingforhope December 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Hello from Greece,I saw your idea and I like very much,and I put it in my blog,if you dont mindhttp://tizitas.blogspot.gr/search/label/other%27s%20handmade.
    I put your adress of your blog.You dont have the google friend so i can be your member?
    Have a good day ,and wonderful crations!

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