How do you fancy making a simple DIY advent calendar? Shop bought advent calendars can be so costly; I thought it might be nice to make one from scratch that can be bought out every year.
When I was a child, being bought an advent calendar every December was a real highlight of my year.
When I was very little it was always a cardboard one — with tiny jewel like illustrations behind every door. Then as the years went on, the simple cardboard variety was replaced with a chocolate version.
Not quite so pretty to look at — once the doors have been opened — but very good to eat nevertheless! :)
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Make a Simple DIY Advent Calendar
The first Christmas we didn’t bother with an advent calendar. But the moment the boys were really aware of what going on, I couldn’t wait to make an advent calendar for them.
Their nana will always buy a couple (of the chocolate variety). But the idea of creating something a little more permanent — that can come out year after year — to really act as a marker for the countdown to Christmas is really lovely.
Especially when we’re all trying to live a more sustainable life.
I thought I’d use my peg board from Rose and Grey as a base.
Then sourced a few bits and pieces to make things as simple as possible.
If you were feeling particularly crafty (or had a lot of spare time on your hands) you could make your own bags. And numbers for that matter!
I couldn’t be bothered I bought mine off Ebay.
So here we go — how to make a simple DIY advent calendar.
You will need:
- A peg board
- 24 little draw-string bags (mine cost just a few quid off Ebay)
- 24 miniature pegs and string (I’ve a stockpile of things like this, so nothing to buy here!)
- Some self adhesive felt numbers — I got these from The Orchard Craft Company
- Little gifts to fill the bags with :)
How to Make This Reusable, Fillable Advent Calendar
- Stick the felt numbers on to the little bags.
They have a peel off backing and are really simple to use. Just make sure you position them before you stick them, to avoid any mistakes.
2. Fill each bag with a little treat; chocolate, stickers or a tiny toy.
3. Then attach each bag with a little peg onto string, that you can suspend between the pegs in rows.
It’s really simple to make.
But the best thing about this kind of simple DIY advent calendars that you can fill it with whatever you like!
The first year, I went for bright stickers, chocolate bears and coins; but next year it could be filled with little lego figures, marbles or toy cars.
Thinking I may like to make one for myself too. Only my little advent sacks may well be filled with miniature bottles of gin ;)
Caro Davies is a former art-director turned writer and content-creator, and editor behind UK lifestyle blog The Listed Home. She writes about home-related topics, from interiors and DIY to food and craft. The Listed Home has been featured in various publications, including Ideal Home, Grazia, and Homes & Antiques magazines.