Easy No Sew Burlap Advent Calendar

Easy No Sew Burlap Advent Calendar

I am sharing this project again – because it is time!  If you are going to have an Advent calendar ready for December 1st, its time to get to it!  This project is so simple – you just need ribbon of your choice!  Have fun!

Every year, I have the best of intentions.

Every year, I am sure THIS will be the year.

The year I have an Advent calendar before December starts.

But this year really is the year.

Burlap Ribbon Advent Calendar

So. here is the truth.  My girls are big and an Advent calendar is not the same for them as it would be for little little ones.

They don’t need a bunch of little toys.

And honestly, the prospect of coming up with 50 (one for each) little toys to put in, makes me stress.

DIY Yardstick  Advent Wreath

And they still have most of their Halloween candy, so that is out of the question as well.

So, here is my plan.

I am going to (well Hubby too, he just doesn’t know it yet) leave a note or a scripture for them for each day.

An extra “I love you”.

An extra reminder of what the season is about.

And extra moment to make them feel special.

Teen Advent Wreath

I went ahead and added a few little fun decorations we already had, so it would be fun along with the notes.

Burlap Advent Calendar

And a few tags I had that were a perfect fit.

Scripture Advent Wreath

And of course, I had to put in one of my favorite touches – pieces of a yardstick for the numbers.

Yardstick Advent Calendar

And here is how I put my Advent calendar together…


Wired ribbon – any pattern will work.  I chose burlap with dots, but go with your style.  This ribbon is 4 inches wide – but again, do what works for you.  I do think the burlap is stronger to work with and might be a good choice.

Other Trim – I added the red ribbon shown below and later decided to also add a layer of green ribbon.


Yardstick – mine was new from the hardware store.  Hubby cut it down into each number on the chop saw (use caution).  After they were cut, I waxed them with Annie Sloan’s dark wax so that it looked like a vintage yardstick.

Advent Calendar Supplies


  Fold the ribbon to make a pocket.  Mine are 4 inches long with a one inch fold over the front.

Use hot glue to attach the sides.

Use hot glue to attach all the trim on the front including the numbers.

Use hot glue to attach each pocket to a piece of twine.

Advent Calendar Tutorial

And that is all – see, I told you there was no sewing.

I hung mine in sections of five on an old door, but you could also hang them on a stair railing, on a wall, on a large cork board or across a mantel.

They might even be fun on your tree as a garland.

No Sew Advent Calendar

If you going the “note” route, just add a few accessories peeking out and you are done!

Advent Wreath for Tweens

Thanks so much for reading.

Oh, and if you would like to see another Advent calendar idea, visit my sweet friends at Uncommon Designs – they are sharing a super cute idea.

Wishing you a great day!

postsignature.png P.S. The link for the tags you see tucked into to some of the pockets is here…

I do not have a source for the dogs- sorry!

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43 thoughts on “Easy No Sew Burlap Advent Calendar”


  1. Laura, this is wonderful! I love this idea! You always have the best ideas and projects! Thank you for sharing this amazing tutorial! I think it’s perfect for all! What a precious reminder of the God’s love for us!

  2. Hot glue can definitely be a girl’s best friend! Love the cute polka dotted burlap, too. Wonderful idea to share.

  3. super cute! The only thing i would do differently is that each of you (and Bailey) each take turns each day opening that number, and a “treat” note such as: no salad with supper 🙂 or automatically winning an arguement with Mom 🙂 or YOU get to choose what we watch on tv card, these are the sort of things I put in the kids’ Easter eggs now that they are bigger (oh, and cash sometimes too– make it fun and everyone gets a turn. Bailey Rose’s card could say Extra Tummy Rubs Today 🙂

  4. Laura, This is so cute and looks quick and easy to put together. I would love to try and make this for our church’s craft bazaar we have each October. I think the little yardstick numbers are a great creative detail. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I am in love with this!!! I would never have thought to create an advent calendar using a yard stick and burlap ribbon! I just pinned it. May have to do something similar with a frame I have sitting at home. Thanks for the inspiration! If you are looking for a party to link this up to, I’d love to see you over at The Weekly Creative. 🙂 XOXO

  6. OMGoodnessGracious!!!! I am freaking out on your creativity and ability to get these gorgeous projects from idea to beautiful creations! Between this and the yardstick deer silhouette, I am losing my mind, LOL! You are one talented lady! These are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and I might just copy this exactly as you made it.AND the deer, what the heck.

  7. Love the Advent Calendar! Would you be able to share your “notes?” Love them just as much as the calendar!

  8. Wow, I love this idea! It is so cute! This has inspired me to try and make some burlap treat bags for my daughter’s preschool class. Where did you get the burlap ribbon? Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Ann and Laura,

      Thank you! Unfortunately I don’t have a Hobby Lobby close by. I may just have to order online and pay the shipping, because that ribbon is so cute!

  9. hello Laura, a very nice individual calendar for advent! super! where can I buy the little dog? I am lover of dogs and am in the animal welfare act. the little dogs are a suitable gift for my colleagues. why do I need it necessarily. love greetings kerstin wolfram from Germany

  10. This is SO perfect! Exactly the inspiration I have been looking for! Thank you! May I ask where you found the scripture tags you have put inside? Are those a printable or did you create them yourself? They too are darling!
    Thank you again!!!

  11. I love how adorable this is. Thank you for making something so cute & easy to make. Is there anyway to print out your scriptures with the beautiful artwork? I want to make Jesus the center of our christmas & pulling these beautiful scriptures out with the pretty scrolls & artwork would be lovely in the advent. If there is anyway I could print these out I would appreciate it. You are a talented blessed women. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. Laura,
    What a clever idea and to boot it’s so neat looking. I don’t know how you come up with these ideas, but I suspect there is a “creative” gene and you have unlocked the secret of exercising it. Keep up the inspiration!

  14. Wow wow I was looking for an idea to use my image which is front of pocket. I just bought wired ribbon so that’s now going to be my back of pocket thanks for your idea love yard stick not sure I’d get on in uk but I could try. Happy season love ali xx

  15. Not only do I love this Advent Calendar, but I so love the story with it.
    I also have two adult daughters (married) but I am making them this. Even
    if it isn’t their favorite thing, it will be mine. I will include inspiration quotes,
    they make the holiday. Thank you. Barbara