DIY Christmas Advent Calendars

It is that time of the year again! Getting ready for the holidays and wanting to decorate your house to get into the holiday spirit. December is just around the corner and one of the first things you will need, that you probably don’t have already, is an Advent Calendar! And not just any advent calendar, I am talking about a modern, put it on the wall, write whatever you want on it and reuse every year kind of advent calendar. Best of all, this is great for the adults and kids. Let’s be honest, the kids have been counting down to Christmas since last Christmas, so when they ask you one more time, “how many more days mommy?”, all you have to do is point them to this calendar! To kick it up a notch, you can make it into a lesson. Decide with your kids if you want to use them as just a countdown, or perhaps to remember holiday events, or even better, write down one good deed or something you are grateful for everyday! The possibilities are endless. Choose from our many styles where you get three sizes with every purchase 8×10, 16×20 and 24×36 so you can decide later what frame and size you want it to be. Start the countdown to Christmas right!

Step by step DIY Advent Calendar process:

  1. Pick your style:


2. Purchase on Etsy at just $7.95, download and print in any of the three sizes you want (all included with purchase!)

3. Pick out a frame to match your fabulous Christmas decor.

4. Voila! You have instantly made your own dry erase advent calendar. Find a dry erase marker to start filling it out!

5. Decide with your family how you want to use this calendar among the following merry ways:

  • Cross off each day as you countdown to Christmas
  • Write down all your holiday activities
  • Write down one thing you are grateful for each day
  • Make it a family activity and teach your kids to do one good deed each day
  • Make it a desk calendar

6. Complete it, celebrate Christmas, be grateful, and put it away to reuse next year!

I hope this may start a new special tradition in your family. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

If you want to share another way to use this calendar or even share your actual calendar and how you are using it with your family, please feel free to tag us on Instagram or Facebook at #ladesignboutique.

More Minions Mayhem Party

We got to work on a Minions birthday which only means that it was full of fun, bananas and these crazy little guys. Here are some of the things we did which were a huge hit.

A party never has a beginning without the invitation! These invitations were loved by all the guests with the minions face on the booklet cover and banana envelope liners of course!

Here is the entire backdrop complete with large minions and birthday banner and dessert table.

The cake was customized with, of course, more minions!

Party favors included hostess cakes, and small minions surprises and complete with personalized thank you tags and monograms that say “You are one in a minion”.

And what is a Minino party without the party rules???? I never get sick of seeing this! You will not cry or whine or laugh or giggle or sneeze or burp or fart, no annoying sounds! Haha

More personalized Minions signage include a “Thanks a Minion” sign and “Assemble the Minions, it’s Party time” sign.

And what is any party without photo booth props!!!! These were a blast with the kids and the adults.

Hostesss Twinkie Minions are no brainers and so easy to make and yummy in the tummy too.

And look down below for even more details to satisfy any Minion lover and fan.