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DIY Punch Box Advent Calendar


Hmm, this project looks awfully similar to the grab box advent calendar… but with a whole other layer of fun on top!! I took a clue from the classic Punch a Bunch game on The Price Is Right (Why yes, I am an 85 year old woman.) and turned a punchboard into a punchbox, the added a bunch of advent goodies and a dash of holiday cheer! Shazam! A punch box advent calendar with 24 prizes hiding in 24 holes and a big ol’ bonus prize hiding under that giant bow for the final day of advent.

DIY Punch Box Advent Calendar

Supply List:

Everything on the list for the grab box advent calendar, plus…

Plastic or paper bowls
Tissue Paper
Double Stick Tape
Fringe garland or other trim

To Make:

Follow all the steps in the grab box tutorial, being sure to leave the bottom of your box OPEN and not wrapped. Cut 24 holes, just smaller than the opening of your plastic bowls, in your box (That’s six on each side!). You can vary their placement or make them in perfect lines. Turn the box upside down, and place a bunch of double stick tape on the sides of the box, between the holes. This is to adhere your tissue paper to.

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Take a sheet of tissue paper and carefully adhere it to your double stick tape. If it’s wrinkly that is ok. It’s getting punched, after all! If you want it to be less see through, repeat wiht a second sheet of tissue paper on top. Divide out your special prizes into each bowl. Carefully run a line of hot glue around the rim of your bowl and adhere it to the inside of the tissue covered holes, with the prize inside.

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Do this to all 24 holes. Remember, the prizes need to be inside the bowls when you glue them to the box, otherwise you can’t get the goodies in there!

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Stick a bigger prize inside the box through the top hole, or repeat what you did on the sides with tissue and a bowl to hide a prize there. Cover it up with your giant bow. To mask the inevetable jagged edges from cutting out all those holes, hot glue some fun fringe-y trim or tinsel around each one.

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Punch away!

DIY Punch Box Advent Calendar

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  • Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue

    Oh. My. Goodness. I love this so much. You have no idea. I was an avid The Price Is Right watcher during my childhood summers. I can only hope that you will be doing a Plinko-inspired project sometime soon. Plinko is what dreams are made of, Kelly.

  • Carrie // cue the confetti

    Stop it. This is amazing!!! Such a great idea to put bowls in the box. I love this!

  • Ashley

    This is genius! And I loved the Price Is Right, haha!

  • Rachel Faucett

    This has to be the coolest advent calendar ever–my kids would absolutely love it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Tammy

    Awesome….this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Stephanie Clunn

    Hello there,

    WOW on your punch box Advent calendar! I was wondering if you would allow me to print this, with pictures in my free, online newsletter that publishes locally in Central Florida. (Lake County) I would of course, offer full credit and a link to this site! This is just tremendous!

    If so, I could offer it to our National Headquarters and if they approve it, it could be picked up by hundreds of other publishers across the nation for publishing at NO charge! There is no guarantee of that of course but I am happy to submit it for you! NO problem if that is not something you are interested in however.

    Very much looking forward to hearing from you on this, time is of course of the essence!!! No matter what, I am totally doing this with my kids this year!

    Bless you!


  • sarah edwards

    I LOVE this idea and i’m pretty sure my nine year old will love punching his way to christmas haha!

  • Steam Retro Steampunk

    Very nice idea! Perfect for a funny gift!

  • Elaine

    Looks like one of the PRICE IS RIGHT games! I LOVE this. Taking it back…way back =)

  • Amit

    New Style of Pinata.. love it

  • Dyone

    Oh My God.

    This is great! I was searching for hours for a thing to make and this literally made my whole day of searching. Thank you so much for this great idea!

  • Kate

    This would be perfect to keep the fun going until Christmas! Now if I can only find a place for a box! (There’s still time, right?)
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