Beaded Advent Calendar Pattern

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If you like to make Advent special, then my beaded Advent Calendar is the perfect project for you!

It comprises 24 little beaded boxes, each numbered with a date. The boxes are big enough to hold a candy or chocolate, or perhaps some beads or thread. So, you get a little treat to open each day.

Plus, I included Advent candles that you can light with a little beaded flame. You can store the candle flames in the boxes.

Materials for the Beaded Advent Calendar

You need:

I do stock these materials. Plus, I am happy to put together a ‘beads only’ kit for you to go with the pattern instructions. So, if you would like this, then please email me.

Techniques for the beaded Advent Calendar

The boxes and candles for the beaded Advent calendar are all made using circular and tubular Peyote stitch. The pattern includes a technique reminder. However, if this technique is completely new for you, I also have a free tutorial that you can download here.

I used basic Square Stitch to make the little labels for each beaded box. If you are not familiar with this technique, I also have a free tutorial for that. Plus, you can find out more about Square Stitch in this blog.


The pattern instructions are very comprehensive. So, I think this project could be attempted by anyone.

It took me about 60 hours to complete the entire beaded Advent calendar. I did it by making a box a day, which I actually found very therapeutic.

So, I’m going to send this out with a health warning too… This project can be addictive! I was really sad when I actually completed mine!


The beaded Advent calendar is perfect for colour experiments. Plus, you can use up some bead odds and ends. I have included some tips about colouring in the pattern instructions.

If you look carefully at the images, you can see I also added a little pattern to some boxes. Plus, I discovered that Superduo Duets make a fabulous colour option.

So, whilst the choice is down to you, I have included lots of ideas to help you out.

Make it your own!

As with the colouring, you have some design options too. If the idea of 24 boxes is a little daunting, then why not try making 12?… Perfect for the Twelve Days of Christmas!

You can also change the number of Candles. I know there are a lot of different traditions when it comes to Advent candles. So I’ve talked about some of those in the pattern too. This will give you a starting point for your design.

If you don’t want to join the boxes together, that’s no problem. The pattern shows you how to keep them all separate too!

So, I hope this will allow you to create a beautiful ornament to bring out every year. Maybe even a family heirloom to be handed down for generations to come…

7 reviews for Beaded Advent Calendar Pattern

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Omg how beautiful, another must-have, the look of it gives me some sense of well-being. And i would like to say, incredible you have some passionate beady determination to pull off such a christmas calender and also the tutorial.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a Stupendous pattern! For me it was love at 1st sight! 🙂

    Although I am not finished this massive project, I have read through the detailed 29 pages of instructions that detail how to create this “complex” project. As with all of Katie’s patterns it is extremely well written, contains many wonderfully clear diagrams and lots of hints and tips to help you out along the way. She has also included some very interesting, to me, Advent Calendar Traditions.

    I am at the stage of following one of her 1st suggestions: “It is a good idea to start this project by planning the colouring.” She clearly outlines two different ways to do this …. so, I’m doing as suggested – this also will result in my “colours” for the shopping list.

    The actual construction of the boxes and candles is not really complex you will be using Tubular & Hexagon Peyote and Square stitch. These are BASIC stitches, and are suitable for an advanced beginner. The reason for this being ranked as an Intermediate project is the number of individual items that are constructed, and the fiddly joining required to put the whole thing together.

    So, again in my opinion, if you LOVE the design, are willing to invest in the beads, to invest a significant amount of time, and are prepared to make and manage many little bits and pieces, then regardless of your beading experience by following Katie’s excellent instructions YOU CAN MAKE this Beaded Advent Calendar.

    Yes, the pattern is long, and yes, it requires a significant investment in Delica 10/0 beads, but in my humble opinion this is a project well worth the investment – it is destined to become a priceless family heirloom which will be passed to future generation.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Anne (verified owner)

    I cannot wait to start this project as it is for ME to enjoy. I have not had an advent calendar since I was a child and really enjoy the anticipation opening a door/box every day brings.
    Yet again Katie has gone to great lengths to produce a pattern that means you can make something without having to reference other books as she clearly includes stitch instructions, so if a stitch is new or you haven’t done it for a while you can easily learn which makes taking your beading out with you to do whilst waiting for children/husband ect. you can.
    Easily can be made over a period of time too and pieces stored to assemble at a later date.
    10/10 for another great pattern Katie.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    CraftyChris (verified owner)

    As always Katie’s pattern is wonderfully clear and concise. She gives you so much advice within this pattern which helps you throughout this project and many more.

    What I love the most about this pattern is that it is a piece that will stand the test of time and can be handed down to later generations as an heirloom – I think we have lost the joy of heirlooms in this modern throw away society. But Katie’s pieces are beautiful and timeless. and a joy to create.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kathybugli (verified owner)

    Have not had time to start but anticipate I will enjoy making this project as I have my others in the past.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeanne (verified owner)

    I recently finished this pattern. The directions were clear and concise. With 24 boxes to stitch I enjoyed playing with different bead designs (stripes, diamonds, solids etc.) I also tried the box with size 11s, not for the advent wrath but as a stand alone.

    My only disappointment is that I planned it for my husband who is diabetic and I can’t find any small enough for the boxes.😟

    Thanks for a unique pattern, everyone who has seen it was impressed.


  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    SheTripsOnAir (verified owner)

    I saw this on Pinterest last year and never thought I could make something like it so I put it out of my mind and kept scrolling. Then, in a Facebook group, Katie shared a pattern and it lead me here.
    I made the decision to bite the bullet and purchase it. I haven’t started yet, but I am over the moon with excitement :).
    I love how the candles can be “lit”. I think that is my favorite feature.
    I made a felt advent calander when I was pregnant with my first daughter (who just turned 14). I’m thinking it’s time for a new one.
    Thank you Katie! I look very forward to making this

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