This is a little late, but something for you to try next Christmas.
Christmas 2016, I decided to buy and decorate an advent calendar. It took me longer than expected, but it was fun to do, and looks nice and christmasy.
Everything I used apart from the stars I got from hobbycraft, which if you are a student I believe you can get 10% off which is a bonus. I used hobbycraft as I have one near me and it had pretty much everything I wanted in that one shop, which is great.
You can decoration this however you wish, you could just use paint or you could decoupage it for example, or you can add different things/objects to it. Just use your imagination. However, if your like me, and need some inspiration or ideas, here is how I decorated mine: