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DIY Nordic Advent Blocks

Advent calendars are becoming more and more common in holiday traditions, frequently displayed as garlands, traditional calendars, houses, and tree ornaments. I love featuring advent blocks in our holiday décor because they not only offer decorative focal points, but are also a festive way to keep the holiday countdown present during the whole advent season.

These advent blocks capture everything I love about Nordic design, adding the natural elements with the modern paper designs. There are endless options for creating your own advent block with Nordic appeal. For a less natural and more wintery feel, try swapping out the bark with a Christmas sweater fabric.

Create several of these and give them out to neighbors, distant relatives, and even coworkers to help them get their families into the holiday season as well! Your giftees will be speechless with your holiday generosity and will think of you each time their family sits down to celebrate one more day on the advent calendar.

Use this tutorial to create advent blocks for other holidays as well! Get creative with spooky paper for 31 days of Halloween or to celebrate your Jewish friends, use Hannukah colors and crafting paper for a blue and yellow friendly countdown.



  • Pressed wood blocks or card board blocks
  • Crafting paint or spray paint
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Quick dry crafting glue or a hot glue gun
  • Bark ribbon
  • Crafting paper
  • Crafting floral supplies
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint the blocks to fit with your décor, I opted for gold spray paint to compliment my gold décor, and then allow them to dry.

Step 2: Cut the craft paper to fit the number depicted on the sheet, and then cover with Mod Podge and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Cut the bark ribbon to fit the block and then secure it in place with glue, and then allow it to dry.



Step 4: Once dry, glue the crafting floral accents to the block and the advent number to fit your personal taste.

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