A lovely alternative to the the traditional advent calendar is this hanging gems advent calendar. Made using a variety of paper templates, the cluster of gems could be reimagined hanging from a hoop of the embroidery variety to create more of a chandelier effect. Although the maker doesn't give specific instructions, links to the templates used are given. The rest are just a matter of string and enumerated punched-paper circles. As for those templates mentioned, visit So Soft Sunday to find them all.
DIY Advent Calendar [So Soft Sunday]