So if you’re anything like me and LOVE Christmas, you’ll probably want to indulge in all things festive. If you’re also like me and insist on always making your life so much more difficult by agonising over the perfect gift wrap, or deciding you MUST bake your own mince pies, then you’ll definitely love stressing yourself even more with this DIY Advent Calendar tutorial! High five fellow perfectionist stress heads!
I decided I absolutely NEEDED to try making my own advent calendars this year. I didn’t even bother with Pinterest for inspiration. I already knew exactly how I wanted them to look.
Tiny envelopes, filled with chocolates, for each day leading up to Christmas.
They are surprisingly easy to make! I bought the envelopes from Wilko, the stickers from Butlers, and the twine from Paperchase.
You need to start by punching a single hole near the top of the envelope, followed by sticking your advent numbers onto the envelopes.
Depending on how many people will be indulging daily in this advent calendar, will determine how many festive chocolates you need to purchase. I made two advent calendars, between my four nieces and nephews, so there were a lot of tiny chocolate santa’s and snowmen to buy.
I placed one chocolate for each kid in every envelope.
For the final envelope on the 24th, I placed chocolates and a little note to wish the kids a Merry Christmas.
Each envelope then needs to be closed by tying some twine in a bow.
It takes awhile, but you know, just put some Christmas songs on whilst you tie the bows! (If you don’t like Christmas songs maybe skip that part!).
You then need to loop a reaaaaaally long piece of twine through each envelope. Starting with number one, thread your twine through the front of the envelope, pulling it almost all the way through, but leaving around 15 cm hanging at the front of the envelope, so that this end can be tied up once you have all the calendars thread on the twine.
Grab the long piece of twine and loop it back through the front of the envelope again. Make sure when you loop back through, that the twine passes through on the right hand side of the other piece of twine (does that make sense?!). I realised the hard way, passing it through on the left hand side, only to thread all the envelopes and then realise they spun around the wrong way when I held the finished calendar up.
Continue doing the same process with each envelope, leaving a small gap between each envelope as you thread, so they will hang with even spacing between them.
Once you’ve thread Number 24, you’re done! Hang up your DIY Advent Calendar, remind yourself how awesome you are at making your own, and that it was totally worth it and even though it’s midnight and you’re completely stressed from the creation, you’ll do it all over again next year!