DIY Dublin Advent Calendar

December 6, 2012

I know it’s a little late in the month to be sharing an advent calendar DIY, but the beauty of it is that you get to open the first six all at once! Way more fun, right? So here you are, a Dublin Georgian Advent Calendar (and you can download the image to make your own below).

I love that this photograph looks so old, but I only snapped it last week! I had it printed at Kinko’s when I arrived in Maine – they print large format in black and white for 75 cents per square foot. It took five minutes for them to print my 2×3 foot image!

I mounted it on poster board using spray mount, and then used a craft knife to cut out the windows.

Then I simply chose a 25 Christmas quotes, activities and verses, printed them out and pasted them behind each window. Since the poster board was a little floppy, I attached the whole calendar to a big piece of foam board. Now it can stand on its own against a wall.

Finally, I cut out a miniature wreath and garland for the two center doors – just to make it a little festive!

That one says Watch Home Alone, a Christmas must! I chose activities I knew I’d be excited about – like making homemade marshmallows for hot chocolate, going sledding and cutting down a Christmas tree. Then I sprinkled in some sweet Christmas Bible verses as well as some quotes about the magic of Christmas. I can’t wait to open each one!

You can make your own Dublin Advent calendar by clicking on this image. Just open the image, then right click on the image to save it to your desktop. Put it on a memory stick and bring it to your local printer. You’ll have to choose your own activities to match your favorite Christmas traditions! Enjoy!


  • Reply Angela T December 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    This is probably one of the neatest advent calendar’s that I have ever seen!

  • Reply Katie December 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I like the mix of activities and verses. I’ll have to consider this for next year!

  • Reply Anita December 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    An adorable project and I recognize that red door :-)
    Enjoy your stay in CV. Hopefully we’ll get some snow before too long!
    Mrs. Smith at China Primary

  • Reply Emily A. December 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    I LOVE this! Not only does it look awesome but your idea for a combination of activities and bible verses is fabulous! A great way to really make Christmas a joyful time of year. :)

  • Reply Naomi December 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    SO amazing Em!!! Love it

    • Reply emily December 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks! :)

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