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With November halfway through and December rapidly approaching it’s time to prepare for Christmas. What better way to prepare for Christmas than with this DIY Advent Calendar?

The set is in black and white, so you can dress it up with color to match your holiday decor theme, or print on colored paper. I chose an eclectic theme for the envelopes – they are numbered 1-24 but the numbers are all different styles.

DIY Advent Calendar with Activity Cards and Daily Scripture
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Black & White Advent Calendar


This adorable modern Advent Calendar has three components. You can use one or all of them to fit your family’s needs!

Printable Envelopes

This is the DIY part. You just cut them out, fold and glue together – super easy. Directions on how to assemble the envelopes are in THIS POST.

Printable Activity Cards

There are cards with over 20 different suggestions for holiday family activities and there are also blank cards so you can make up your own based on your family traditions.

Printable Scripture Cards

This is my favorite part of the set. There are 24 cards with pieces of scripture that depict the Christmas story (NRSV). Use them with the activity cards or separately just on their own.

DIY Advent Calendar with Activity Cards


The tradition of the Advent Calendar began in the mid-19th century, when German Protestants lit candles or made chalk marks on their doors to count the days leading up to Christmas. The first printed Advent Calendar was produced by Gerhard Lang in Germany in the early 1900s.

Today, these calendars don’t necessarily follow the Christian Advent season which begins 4 Sundays before Christmas which is often at the end of November. The calendars the you find in stores generally include 24 days, which is December 1-24, because the actual numbers of days during Advent fluctuates from year to year.


Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of Christ at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming.” There are 24 days (some observe 25, with Christmas being the last) and four Sundays in Advent.

Tools needed for this project:

You may need one or more of these tools to help in printing and creating the projects described above:

Color printer – This device offers beautiful color printer on a variety of paper sizes, mobile printing (from your mobile device), scanning and copying and much more!

Printer Paper – A basic copy paper that you probably already have in your printer is all you need for this project. Each envelope prints on a single sheet, so you will need 24 sheets of paper.

Sharp scissors – needed for cutting cardstock, especially when cutting into shapes for cards and tags.

Glue Stick – If you have a purple glue stick, this is most helpful for gluing the white paper together in just the right spots.

More free Christmas printables:

If you are looking to get more organized this holiday season, be sure to pick up our 2018 Christmas Planner, full of tons of pages for organizing and planning!

I can’t wait to start using this set, and I know my kids will be really excited about it!






Printable DIY Advent Calendar with Activity Cards and Scripture Cards

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Julia Graff says:

    I am trying to download the Advent Scripture set and it says access denied. Not sure what else I need to do…. Thank you for all the posts you put up and share.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Hi Julia, I’m sorry for the trouble – Google changed their permissions recently so all of the printables that have been uploaded through them are messed up. I am working to fix them and will update the advent calendar links tonight.

  2. Heahter Peters says:

    Kristin this is amazing. It’s exactly what I planned to do for my kids this advent but hadn’t managed to do anything yet. I was about to give up when I saw your post. You’ve done it all; envelopes, scripture cards, activity cards, all beautifully designed and ready to print! You obviously have great design skills and computer know-how. I don’t so I really appreciate you sharing your work. Now the calendar will actually get made and not just be another good idea I didn’t do. God bless from the UK.

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Heather all the way from the UK! That is the exact reason why I created this DIY, I’m so glad you could use it.
      Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Matilde says:

    What a beautiful advent calendar! I was looking to make one for my 17th year old son who’s away in college, this is just perfect as it’s not too childish. It’s finished now and I love the result, thank you for your ideas ?
    Would love to send you a photo but I can’t work out how!

    1. Kristin says:

      I’m so glad you liked it Matilde! I’d love to see a photo. Maybe post one on our Facebook wall?

  4. Tone says:

    Thank you for this wonderful gift!