An advent calendar castle for kids

15-Oct-2016
Children can’t wait until the big holiday, can they? Our DIY advent calendar KOMPLEMENT castle idea helps them keep track of how many days (or sleeps) are left, so they don’t have to keep asking you! Plus they get a little treat—and you can reuse the calendar, too.
An advent calendar display with paper trees on a table and a castle hanging on a wall
An aerial view of what you will need to make this advent calendar like paper, scissors, tape and glue
You will need a KOMPLEMENT multi-use hanger and lots of paper—like MÅLA paper decoration set with corrugated cardboard sheets, tissue paper and more. Then grab a ruler, tape, glue, scissors, a pen, a stapler and wrapping paper. Sticker numbers are great, but you can always just write.
A multi-use hanger that will become an advent calendar being hung onto a wall holder
STEP 1 We chose to hang KOMPLEMENT on a toilet roll holder (minus its bright green knob) because it attaches to the wall with double-sided tape. It can fasten with screws, too. You can cut snowy circles to decorate the wall or use FIXA floor protectors like we did.
An animated GIF of circular advent calendar inserts being made from paper
STEP 2 Make the inserts with corrugated cardboard sheets. Measure how deep they will sit in a ring. (Ours are 7 cm.) Cut 18 strips and staple each into a circle. Trace a KOMPLEMENT ring to determine the size of the tops. Cut 18 tops. Glue or tape a top onto each insert. Fill them up and place them in.
A hand twisting paper into a cone shape to make advent calendar trees
A hand lifting up a paper tree to show the wrapped present underneath that’s part of an advent calendar
STEP 3 Make trees with thick, coloured paper or wrapping paper. Each tree is a stack of cones. Hold a piece of paper horizontally. Fold a top corner inward while pulling the other top corner over it. Tape down the flap and cut off the uneven bottom. Repeat a few times and stack them on.
A castle top made from paper being attached to a hanging advent calendar
STEP 4 Make a castle tower and wall topper. This part has a few measurement details, so we made a tower and wall instructional pdf. Be sure to number your calendar, and maybe add fake cotton snow! Have kids remove each insert and grab the present from the back, so you can use the calendar again.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
MADE BY
Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Digital designer: Lasse Johansson
Copywriter: Marissa Frayer
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Editor: Linda Harkell