For the last few years, I have done a “12 Days of a Beer Christmas” for my husband, gifting him a beer each day for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. It is such a fun holiday tradition and the perfect gift for my craft-beer loving husband! This year I stepped up my game and created this awesome countdown beer advent calendar!
I love how it turned out and plan to use it year to year. The countdown started this past Thursday on the 1st. While it is too late to create this project for this year, you could definitely make this for the 12 days of Christmas or pin this and remember it for next year!! I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for my husband by posting about this any earlier! :)
I have seen lots of beer advent calendars on Pinterest and love the ones that use circular mail tubes. After looking into them, I realized they would cost more than I wanted to spend. In my search for more affordable round ones, I came across these square mailing tubes on Amazon that were cheaper and came in a bundle of 25 – perfect! I know many advent calendars are just 24 days, but I decided to do 25 so there would be one to open on Christmas Day. The mailing tubes are a great size and will fit just about any can or bottle of craft beer. I sometimes get my husband bombers, 22 oz. bottles, and they still fit in these square mail tubes!
To fill the boxes I went to a few different stores. I like to include a few holiday beers like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale and Anchor Brewery’s Christmas Ale, along with some of my husband’s favorites and, hopefully, a few beers he has never had! It was actually pretty fun finding all of these beers. I found these two articles helpful at CraftBeer.com and Paste Magazine, in finding some fun seasonal beers!
Below is the tutorial for this project and the supplies I used. My husband opens one of the doors each morning before he heads to work and puts the beer in the fridge so it is cold for that evening. It’s a fun way to count down the days until Christmas! :)
Supplies Needed for DIY Beer Advent Calendar:
- Square mailing boxes (I have an affiliate link at the end of this post!)
- 6 sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper with a wood pattern
- Tape runner or glue
- Packing tape
- Numbers 1-25 (stickers or create your own labels)
- Free printable label template: Beer Advent Calendar Number Template
Step One: Assemble each mailing tube and cut off the cardboard tab on one end of each tube. This end will be the one that is opened.
Step Two: Label each tube with a number 1 through 25. I chose to create the numbers in Photoshop using holiday fonts found here. Each label should measure 3″ wide and 2.75″ high. You can download the template I used to make mine (under Supplies Needed”). It has the borders you will need but not the numbers since I don’t have rights to the fonts. You can also create these with colored paper and stickers rather than designing them on a computer!
Glue or tape each label to the end of the box that has the tab removed from it.
Step Three: Arrange the packing boxes in 5 rows of 5 boxes. It took me awhile to arrange the boxes so I didn’t have the boxes with the same color or font next to each other. I also tried to arrange them so that the boxes would empty out on top first rather than on the bottom just to help keep things from becoming top-heavy.
Once you have everything arranged as you’d like, use packing tape to wrap each row separately and then all of the rows together. It worked out that my mom was over while my husband was at work and she helped to hold the tubes together as I taped.
Step Four: Cover the boxes with the wood patterned paper. It took 5 full sheets to cover the boxes. I used my paper cutter and an embossing stylus to score the paper that needed to be folded over to the top of the box.
There was a thin line of white box still showing along the back, so I cut a strips of wood from the 6th sheet I had and covered the gap.
The beer advent calendar was finished and I was ready to fill it with beer!! It did get heavy once it was full. If you think it will be too heavy to lift, you can set it in it’s final spot before filling it. I filled it on the floor tipped up and was fine to lift it onto our counter where it would sit for the month of December!
I’ll put this away after Christmas and bring it out again next year! Happy Holiday crafting everyone!! :)
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