Advent calendars come in all shapes and sizes and these days we've gone way beyond just a picture of a snowman or Santa - the daily treats can be anything from chocolates to gin!
Sometimes however, the contents can be a little disappointing and there's often an awful lot of waste packaging. So why not make one of your own and fill it with gifts and treats that are truly worth the wait. Better still make a calendar that you can use for many years and will become part of your family Christmas decorating traditions.
This storage box from The Works is ideal - not specifically an advent calendar craft blank but it's got twenty-five little drawers that are just crying out to be filled with festive treats! There's a tutorial here but you can decorate it in so many different ways.
I know this one from Bonne Maman isn't handmade but it is amazing and after you've eaten all those delicious preserves you could re-use the jars to make next years advent calendar just like the one below. - click on the link for instructions.