Minimalist DIY advent calendar idea

Help build excitement and pass the days to Christmas with this advent calendar idea.

We created this weave advent calendar that’s incredibly easy to make and can be customised to suit your home or other Christmas decor.

Follow the steps below to make this stylish minimalist design advent calendar that can be repurposed after the festive season to display family photos or inspiration in a home office.

Items you will need:

  • 4 lengths of simple pine timber from the hardware store
  • Saw or for the timber to be cut to size in store
  • Wood super glue
  • Clamps
  • Haymes Ultracover paint
  • Haymes Greyology 1 white paint
  • Haymes Black Pitch paint
  • Haymes Blood Diamond paint
  • Paint brushes (medium and fine tip)
  • 44 small eyehooks with a screw end
  • White twine
  • Plain manila envelopes
  • Number stencil or timber numbers
  • Craft or timber pegs
DIY advent calendar supplies
Items you will need


1. Cut the timber to size – 2 lengths at 75cm, and 2 lengths at 120cm – and miter the edges on a 45 degree angle. Use super glue in each corner to hold the frame together and clamp in place or use strong tape until the glue has dried.

2. Once dry, paint the timber frame in Ultracover paint and then two coats of Greyology 1.

Create and paint frame

3. Mark out and screw the eyehooks on the inside lengths (we placed these 5cm apart, using 22 hooks per length). Paint the hooks black (optional) or leave gold for a bit of festive bling.

4. Using the black paint, stencil and fine tip paint brush, carefully paint the numbers onto the face of the manila envelopes (tip: the less paint on your brush, the easier you’ll find this step).

Paint numbers onto face of envelopes

5. Weave the string inside your frame. You’ll need a little bit of patience if you want to do this using just one length of twine and prevent it from knotting. Take it slowly and assist the twine through one section at a time. Alternatively you could cheat a little and use several lengths of twine (just be sure to neatly hide the joining knots behind a hook).

Thread string

6. Optional step: to add a bit of extra festive cheer, consider adding some Christmas shapes or images. We made a potato stamp and used Blood Diamond red paint to stamp abstract stars onto several of the packets. You could create any festive shape/s you like and use any pop of colour to suit your theme.

7. Fill your envelopes with treats, these could be small gifts or traditional chocolates, and peg them onto your string frame. Regular timber pegs look great or try these craft pegs for something a little different.

As you remove envelopes in the lead up to Christmas, you could fill the empty space on your advent calendar with your favourite Christmas cards or photos of your family during the festive season. And once the holiday season is over, consider moving this piece into your home office to use as a mood board or organisation board, or keep it in your living room to display photos.

Potato stamp

Make a string advent calendar

Close up DIY minimalist advent calendar

DIY advent calendar with stars

Advent calendar

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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