Photo flip Advent calendar
Get creative during Advent
Advent always marks the start of the countdown to Christmas. The last four weeks over the festive period are very busy as everyone is getting ready for Christmas. People are wrapping presents for their relatives, decorating their flat for Christmas, planning Christmas the dinner and so much more. A personalised Advent calendar is not only a treat for children, but it is also a little something for partners, parents or good friends. Surprise your loved ones this Advent with an original Advent calendar made out of a photo flip. We'll show you how you can easily create your own personal Advent calendar.
Would you prefer a more traditional chocolate Advent calendar? Then take a look at our Lindt chocolate Advent calendars, which are quick and easy to design and will arrive in time for Advent!
Winter themed designs for a picture-perfect Advent calendar
Select your favourite Christmas pictures from the last couple of years to use for the cover of your Advent calendar as well as the 24 doors. You could use photos of you and your family and friends going sledging together, going on walk in the snow or having a fun snowball fight. If you are thinking of getting your grandparents a personalised Advent calendar, then why not add one or two Christmas drawings from their grandchildren. This is easy to make all you will have to do is simply scan the drawing or take a photo of it with your smartphone and upload it.
You can use Christmas poems, song lyrics or a personal message to design your cover page or the individual calendar pages of your Advent calendar. By using Canva you can combine a text with your pictures and designs. Simply save the file as a JPG and then upload it to ifolor and place it on the photo flip pages.
An Advent calendar full of delicious recipes
Behind each individual door you can put a Christmas recipe. All you have to do is print or write down the recipe on a nice piece of paper and fold it into a small envelope that you can then put into the calendar. This way, the person who opens the door can take the small piece of paper with the recipe on it and treat themselves to something delicious by trying out a new recipe and once they are finished with the recipe, they can simply add it to their recipe book or hang it on the fridge.
You can find more inspiration for creative ideas at Christmas time below:
Sweet little surprises behind each calendar door
It's not only children who enjoy eating the chocolates from their Advent calendar. Mini chocolate bars and similar small sweets are perfect for a nice little surprise to enjoy Advent. The chocolate bars should be as flat as possible so that they don’t take up too much room. Simply stick the chocolate bars to a suitable spot on the picture using double-sided adhesive tape or a self adhesive photo corner.
Putting small vouchers onto your Advent calendar
Why not add a small personal voucher to each door on your individual designed Advent calendar. These are great ideas for children who would enjoy vouchers such as "Choose what we are having for dinner" or a "film night", but these are also a great idea for surprising your partner. Surprise your partner with personal vouchers such as a ‘’relaxing massage’’ or "breakfast in bed". If you are designing an advent calendar for some friends, then an invitation to a ‘’game’s night’’ could be the perfect voucher. Whereas if you are designing an Advent calendar for your parents, they would love to receive a personal voucher for a day out together.
Gift vouchers are aways a fantastic gift, especially if you are not sure what to get someone as a gift. Why not get your family or friends an ifolor gift voucher?
Small treats to warm up after an afternoon in the cold
A hot cup of tea or hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up and relax after going for a walk in the cold or a long afternoon of sledging in the snow! Individually wrapped tea bags or a sachet of hot chocolate, sugar and mini marshmallows are perfect for your individually designed photo flip Advent calendar. Put some tea bags or sachets of hot chocolate on the calendar pages and add a small note on how to prepare them, e.g. how much hot water or hot milk you will need to make them and then the brewing time.
Designing a photo flip online as an Advent calendar
On the ifolor website you can easily create your own individual photo flip as an Advent calendar. Start by selecting the photo flip, which you can find under "Photo gifts" and then click on the "Create online" button. Now you can choose between portrait or landscape format and then you can start designing your own individual photo flip.
Make sure when you are choosing your photos for your calendar doors that there is enough space in the picture to add the door number and a little something in the corner or on the edge.
You can upload your photos directly from your hard drive or smartphone. Simply drag and drop the images onto the individual pages. Here you can also edit your images such as adjusting the image detail or rotating it. When you are choosing your photos, make sure that the image quality is as high as possible so that the pictures on the photo flip are easily recognisable and do not look blurry. If the photo has the correct resolution, then this will be indicated by a green tick.
You can insert the numbers on the calendar doors or a short text in a predefined textbox in the upper or lower area of the image. To do this, select the corresponding design template at the bottom right next to the preview of your photo flip. Alternatively, you can make the 24 numbers out of paper and stick them on later. You can do this by writing them down or you can stick small wooden numbers on the doors. You can find mini wooden numbers in craft shops and online shops.