One Sheet Advent Pocket Book

By Noreen Doll.

This One Sheet Advent Pocket Book is actually made of 3 one sheet books put together, as 24 pages were needed for the 24 days in December leading up to Christmas Day.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

So basically, you make 3 quick and easy 8 page pocket books and then combine them into one larger book.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

Ideas for Christmas activities and holiday fun can be found here.


3 – 12×12 inch Sheets of Scrapbooking Paper

Sharpies, Crayons, or Colored Pencils

Stickers and Embellishments for the Pages

Binder Rings, Twine, or Ribbon

Washi Tape or Scotch Tape

How to Make a One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

1. Follow the directions here for the Basic One Sheet Folded Pocket Book.

Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book

Check the supply list there for additional needed items.

Make 3 folded pocket books, but don’t bind them yet.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

2. After making the 3 books, decorate the top half of each page above the pocket.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

If you are using double sided paper for the books, you don’t have to do this step. But it is fun for kids to do.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

3. Punch the 2 holes in the side of each book where it will be bound. (Or use a Bind It All as I did.)

Make sure the holes are in the same place in each book, so they match up when layered together.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

Attach the rings or twine to the holes to bind the books together.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

4. Make 24 tags to slip into the pockets. My tags are 2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and made from manilla folders.

How to make your own tags.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

Write a fun Christmas activity on each tag where it will be covered by the pocket.

5. Slip a tag into each pocket. As each day arrives, pull out the tag for that day and do that activity.

Find a list here of ideas for Christmas activities.


We found Sharpies tended to bleed through to the other side of the paper,

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

so we used stickers to cover the spots.

One Sheet Folded Advent Pocket Book - Crafty Journal

You could also make Easter, Valentine, or Halloween countdown books. Just adjust the number of one sheet books to accommodate the pages you need.


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Thanks so much for this great tutorial. I am going to make books like yours for the familie.

    Dear greetings, Margaret

  2. I love these books! I hope your family loves them, too!

  3. Oh my goodness…this is so cute! I love this idea! I’m stopping by from Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party. Have a wonderful week!

  4. This is a great project that I am pinning to do with my kids when they get older.

  5. This is such a fantastic project to do. Think my youngest grand child (14) would love this. Am going to pin this so I don’t forget, would be fun to do this while she’s on Christmas vacation from school. She loves to craft and says she loves to craft at our house cause I’m open to doing different things and I have lots of different kinds of craft supplies, (think having the craft supplies is best part for her). She loves to go digging in my “stuff” as she calls it.
    This looks like such a fun project, so glad you shared it. Happy week

  6. So cute! and what a great idea!

    Team Craftwell

  7. Found you via the create and share link party. I love this idea, thanks for the pocket book instructions too!

  8. Patricia B says:

    Super cute idea!! Thanks for sharing! Love ya’

  9. Wow!! What a great idea!!! I will try to make it, for me and my pen pals!

  10. such a cute idea. Wish my nieces were closer , I would love to do this with them 😀

  11. What an awesome idea! I pinned this to hopefully make it this year! Thanks!

  12. I love this idea! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  13. I am a paper loving gal so those tags you have inserted into the pages caught my eye right away, not to mention the clever overall idea. Love the hand drawn angel too. :) Visiting via FlusterBuster linkup

  14. This is a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing.

  15. This is such a super idea! I love it!x

  16. What a great idea, my triplets would love one of these it would really get them in the Christmas Spirit. Popping in from Creative Mondays.

  17. What a cute idea. A little different from what you usually see. A great tutorial.

  18. Such a great idea and one my kiddos would LOVE! Thanks for sharing!

  19. What a cute idea!

  20. I just love little books and your tutorial for this one is great. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  21. Thanks for sharing this tutorial over at Motivation Monday– I love it! It takes up way less space and much easier to handle than many of the other Advent ideas I’ve used in the past, and we’re also booklovers at the Smith House, so it’s perfect for that reason, too– clever, love it

  22. So neat! Love that it’s a notebook and you could take it with you if traveling. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday!

  23. Love this idea Noreen! Thanks for sharing at the party! Your project is getting a featured shout out! Thanks for sharing at the party!! Pinned!

  24. Very, very cute!! Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope you’ll come by again later this week!


  25. Creative and cute!! Stopping by from Snickerdoodle Sunday.

  26. I love Advent Calendars. I always buy the Lego ones for my kids and after all these years they can make scenes to decorate for Christmas.
    For myself I love the TEANZO Loose Leaf Tea Advent Calendar!
    Its 24 different teas to find a quiet moment to countdown to Christmas.

  27. Advent Calendars are neat! I have a few and ideas for making a few more.

  28. I have got one Advent calendar. Thanks for the idea

  29. Thanks for sharing this fun idea! My customers are going to love the ideas I will make using your little journal as a ‘map’.

  30. This is too cute! I’m not sure I have the patience to fold 3 of those little books, but what a great idea!

    You could also make fall themed ones to give guests at Thanksgiving as mini gratitude books!

  31. Oh wow, another wonderful tutorial! I am going to have a hard time, doing all of the great stuff you put on your blog! Cool!

  32. They are very cute and very festive little books

  33. This is a really awesome idea! And it looks cute too. I love the Advent time before Christmas!

    I The Blue Birdhouse – DIY Blog

  34. Jann Olson says:

    So cute! I am working on a Christmas guide book with a few friends. So fun to create! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  35. Love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Here via Made For Kids.

  36. These are so creative! My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing at Made for Kids!

  37. What a sweet idea. My kids would love this. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button.

  38. This is such a neat advent. Love that the kids can get involved in creating this.

  39. This is awesome. Great for the kids to make their own. Very fun and different kind of Advent Calendar. Thanks for sharing.
    Congratulations, you are being featured in this week’s Mini Round Up!
    Have an awesome day!

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