DIY Advent Calendar Template


I’ve been a little quiet on the blog front this week as I’ve been spending quite some time putting together this tutorial and printable template. It’s by far and away the most advantageous template I’ve created so far! It allows you to customise, print and create your own advent calendar!

Structurally it’s just as strong as most store bought calendars; but it allows you to customise it to your hearts content and to fill it with whatever little presents you desire. I cobbled the image on the front of mine together using some vector art (the image is not part of the template).

All you need to create this project are:

  • A set of my templates
  • 3 sheets of 220 gsm (or as close as possible) card stock of your choice
  • Double sided tape or a strong quick drying adhesive glue
  • A cutting mat
  • A ruler
  • An x-acto knife or scalpel
  • Some time and patience!


You can edit the PDF files by importing them into your choice of software (Photoshop, Illustrator etc), or you can print them out and decorate them by hand. They’d look fabulous decorated in watercolours, pencil, acrylic, decoupage  scrapbooking… the sky and your imagination are the only limits!

It’s as simple as printing out the templates on A3 card stock (I used 220gsm card I purchased from the stationery department of Manor) or have your local copy store do it for you. Follow the tutorial below to end up with a completely personalised advent calendar for yourself or for a loved one.

I’m trying something new with this project. Normally I put the templates up for free. But this time I’ve put this template up for you to buy on Gumroad.

I have now created a bigcartel site. All my paid templates are available there. This is as I am in the process of also including physical product on the store, something that Gumroad does not support. Unfortunately Big Cartel don’t allow me to let people pay the amount they wish, so I have taken the average amount paid and rounded it down.

How it works: Upon providing your payment details and email address, a zip file containing the PDF files will be automatically emailed to you.




Thank you for supporting next to nicx! I really hope you have as much fun putting together this advent calendar as I have had creating it.

The templates and all associated photographs and materials are copyright to © next to nicx and to Nicola Pravato. Please use the templates for personal use only.



How lovely! c:


That’s so beautiful! :) I would make this if I had color printer.


Simply gorgeous!

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next to nicx

Thank you. I’m so glad you like it! xN


:) I tried to buy advent calendar temples …but after leaving my credit card details nothing happens It is me or something wrong with system xxx

next to nicx

Hi, thanks for trying to download my template! I’ve tested the system and it seems to be working. If you still can’t get it to download, please send me an email using the contact page and I’ll organise alternate arrangements for your download.
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Thanks for the lovely tutorial and your work. I downloaded the files and have a question about the files. I was expecting that the graphic would be part of it, but the file for the cover is just blank. Can you give information on how you formatted the image and the numbers onto the cover?

next to nicx

I used indesign to format it. But if you send me an email (info(at)nexttonicx(dot)com) I’ll send you the template including my personal image.


Hi, I’d really like to buy your template and pay much more than $1 but I cant seem to complete the transaction… help?!?! What a lovely template and sit BTW


next to nicx

Going through this link should work, please let me know if it doesn’t and I’ll find out what is happening.

Thank you for following my blog. I’m really glad you like it!


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