One of my fave things about the lead up to Christmas is getting to open an advent calendar every morning! Which is probably why we end up with about 5 to open every year!
This year I thought I would make my own advent calendar to share with my housemates. I’ve kept it pretty low budget, but high on style! I have filled mine with chocolate treats, but you could easily replace these with little toys or more expensive treats for your loved ones!
DIY Advent Calendar.
You will need:
- White and brown paper pouches (Find the ones I’m using at hobbycraft)
- Mini wooden pegs
- White and silver twine
- Silver Glitter
- Gold and black stamp pads ( Find them here )
- Christmas stamps
- Wooden numbers ( Find them here )
- Gold paint (Get it here)
- Paper clips
- Chocolate treats
- Embellishments ( Such as these cute bears!)
- PVA glue
- Small Paintbrush
Pour a little of your gold paint into a pot, as I’m going big for the gold/copper feel, I have chosen to use the emperor’s gold paint by DecorArt.
Lay out your wooden numbers and paint them gold!
Add a bit of sparkle to your pegs to give them a little extra Christmas magic.
I did each one differently, painting some completely and others with small sections of gold.
Lay out your paper pouches on the table ready for decorating, I want every bag to be different but with an overall theme. I started off by taking some Christmas stamps and stamping a few bags with gold ink and a few with black ink, using different stamps in different places to create the effect I am after.
I added a few embellishments too, such as these super cute bears and diamantes.
On other bags, I used PVA glue and silver glitter to create a snowy feel. On some of the paper bags I dotted PVA glue to make snowballs and on others I did big blocks of snowdrift style glitter.
Glue on the numbers!
Make sure your numbers have dried, then glue them with PVA glue to the bags.
Fill up your bags with treats!
As there are four people opening my advent calendar, I laid out all of the treats to ensure nobody got the same treat twice and that they were all evenly spaced throughout the month.
Fasten each bag with a paper clip.
Cut three metre long lengths of string.
Hang your advent calendar! As well as giving everyone a treat this December this calendar will be a great festive focal point too!
String up the three lengths of twine, then start pegging the bags up. Be sure to put them up in a random order so they are harder to find each morning! Each string should take eight bags.
Add some feathers to the pegs to create extra festive chic!
Sit back, enjoy and look forward to that first bag being opened on the first of December!