DIY Christmas Bulb Advent Calendar

advent with wreath

I had the honor of contributing this DIY Christmas bulb advent calendar to the holiday issue of Sister Mag magazine, a German publication from some of my favorite ladies. I’ve contributed before (here (my hair!!!!) and here) and this time I was in the company of a few other artists from around the world with an advent calendar idea.

This one is super easy to make, especially if you have a craft cutting machine, and I love hanging it in our office right now.advent-calendar-light-bulb-7advent-calendar-light-bulb-12

See below for the full tutorial! materials horizontal

  1. Cut out the two templates (the black topper and the colored bottom)
  2. Score the lines indicated with the dotted lines with the craft knife.
  3. Bring the sides together and glue the tab to the inside.
  4. Cut a piece of twine 6″ long and string through the holes at the top and bring all the sides together and tie.
  5. Bend the top tabs outward.
  6. Glue the black paper together and glue to the top of the tabs.
  7. Cut the twine pieces off.
  8. Cut out the numbered flags and punch
  9. String the bulbs together, inserting a numbered flag before the bulb.FULL


Check out the full issue of Sister Mag. 


  1. Hello

    I bought the template for the lovely lightbulb advent calendar, and printed it. The problem is, the template I was sent, was without the top tabs? I’m making two advent calendars, one for my brother and one for my cousin, so I bought paper enough for 48 lightbulbs, and just cut Them ALL out, only to find out, that I can’t finish it now due to the missing top tabs. I have nothing to attach to the Black top part 🙁 i just wasted time and money on this project due to a faulty template, and i don’t have enough paper to start over, which is pretty sad :/


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