An Elfish Advent Calendar

I adore Christmas. I love everything about it, the tree, all my special decorations, making presents for loved ones, the food…oh the food! I love it.

This year is my first year making an advent calendar. At 3.5, Jack is now old enough to understand the concept and I am so excited to introduce these little people to him. I was inspired by Jen’s (from Paint Cut Paste) Waldorf gnome collection and then the advent calendar idea came from there.

So far three little elves have come to visit. They are really looking forward to spending Christmas with us and celebrating in a uniquely Australian way.


So how will the calendar work?

Well we’ll start with one elf then every day leading up to Christmas, a new little elf (or maybe the same if I’m lost for time) will arrive with a tiny scroll. On that scroll will be a message to Jack and Sarah, a suggestion for something to do that day; make gingerbread, make a wreath, visit family, buy presents for the Wishing Tree, all the wonderful things that I love about Christmas.

I really can’t wait until December first!

The first little scroll reads:

Hello Jack and Sarah. I am so happy to be spending Christmas with you.

I have travelled a long way to be with you. I’m looking forward to doing lots of things with you. 

Shall we make some gingerbread together today?


So want to make an elf? They are really easy. Here’s what you do.

Get yourself some peg people. I have bought some from Gemmielou as well as ClickityClack. This size is the #5 ‘large boy’. I’m also making some of the larger #4 ‘tall man’ ones.


Waldorf gnome tutorial Waldorf gnome tutorial

And when Christmas is over for another year, your new elf friends can stay around and play for a little longer.

34 thoughts on “An Elfish Advent Calendar

  1. What a great idea, I’m still busy sewing my advent calender with a fabric toy, gingerbread man,… for every day so I’m short on time, I’ll remember it for next year! Would work great for a birthday too, a week in advance little elves start popping up with loving messages!

  2. I love this. This year I’ve decided to do an activity calendar but having a little elf deliver each activity is a great idea. Your kids are going to have such fun. I’ve been following your elf making on instragram so it’s great to see how it’s all Coe together.

    • I really like the idea of an activity over a stocking stuffer or a lolly. We get to do all the fun Christmas traditions together (all delivered but a sweet little elf) I am really looking forward to Saturday when the first little elf arrives.

  3. These are absolutely gorgeous…i can’t wait until the twins are a little older to start an advent calender tradition! Your pics and instructions are so clear…thanks for being so thorough…especially for us novices!! Where can i get the little wooden bodies…i have been looking everywhere!!

    • Jode, I put a link to the Etsy shop up the top. They are really quite cheap considering you get them from the States. This year is our first year with an advent calendar. I reckon your girls will be ready next year.

  4. These are just adorable and if I’m going to be honest MUCH more inviting than those elf on a shelf dolls. Yay, now i actually feel like I want to do the elf tradition. I soooo love them!

    • Yeah I don’t really like the idea of an Elf on the Shelf. The whole, keeping an eye on you to see whether you’ve been good just doesn’t quite sit well with me. These little guys seem quite magical and whimsical though, just here to spend time with us at Christmas time. 🙂

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  6. Oh, that is so adorable! What a gorgeous idea and the photos are amazing. You’ll have to sell advent calendar sets. They can be reused every year and are so cute! 🙂

    • Just beautiful! I love the idea of elves visiting your children. My daughter would love that- storing the idea away for next year.

  7. What a FANTASTIC idea!!! Thank you! By the way, although I seldom comment, I read all your blog posts and thoroughly enjoy them.

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  9. This is so cute and inspirational! I had thought of doing Elf on the Shelf (I actually have one in a box that my mom gave me last year after Christmas), but I’m so much more drawn to this! I’m starting a little late, but just got the last of my supplies today. (I had to mail-order the peg people.) Our first elf will probably show up this week!

    • Make sure you put some pictures up Jessica. I would love to see them. Jack is loving the little elves so far and is eagerly anticipating each one’s arrival. Funnily though, he is more excited about the elf than the activity so I have changed the message to say a little about the elf, name and where they have come from and then a nice little message to the kids. Sometimes an activate, sometimes just a nice message.

  10. I got a late start because I had to order the peg people online, but I’m doing this now! We’ve had three elves show up so far. It’s very fun and they are so darn cute! Thanks so much for the inspiration! If I get my act together, I’ll blog some photos of our elves and trackback here. 🙂

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