Easily Create a Modern Advent Calendar Using This Cute IKEA Pegboard

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

An advent calendar is the cutest way to mark the days until Christmas. (Nothing gets us quite as excited for the holiday season as a countdown, am I right?) This year, we've opted for a modern take on a holiday staple with a minimal calendar anyone can make.

Every day is a mini celebration with hidden candy, notes, or surprises tucked in each envelope. We've used an IKEA Skadis pegboard as inspiration for our calendar. With its simple clip system, it makes creating a DIY calendar as easy as 1, 2, 3!

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 1

Begin by decorating your envelopes. We chose white coin envelopes so we could personalize them.

First we sprayed eight envelopes using black spray paint. Note: if you're using spray paint, work outside or in a well-ventilated area.

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

We then created a half-and-half design on eight others by laying a sheet of paper diagonally across the envelope before spraying them. We left the remaining envelopes white.

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

You could also paint them any color you choose or use pens to make your own envelope designs. (If you have kids, get them involved in the decorating process — they will love it!)

Step 2

Arrange your envelopes on the IKEA pegboard. You don't want to have the same patterns next to each other, so move them around until you find the right balance.

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Once you're happy with the arrangement, you can number your envelopes. We've used some printed advent calendar stickers for ours, although you could also use plain stickers and decorate them using pens for a more personal touch!

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Pop a small gift or piece of candy into each envelope to finish.

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

As it's the season of goodwill, we also love the idea of adding a good deed or a personal note to each day. Happy holidays!

DIY Modern Advent Calendar
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!