Sunday, 1 December 2013

A homemade advent calender

When I was little, my Mum always used to make beautiful, handmade advent calenders for me and my brother, which I absolutely loved. No matter what's inside, a homemade calender is just so much more personal and exciting than ones you buy in the supermarket (although saying that, I do love them too and have my Cadbury one ready to go!) Therefore, I thought that this year I'd have a go at making Rob one as a sort of birthday/advent present. I had such fun making it and think it was possibly more of a present to myself than Rob, but he seemed to love it too and hopefully will enjoy opening it over the next 25 days. (Aah only 25 days!!)

As I'm sure you can see, this calender was really easy to make, although it did take a bit of patience (wrapping very little things gets a bit boring by the time you reach 25...) I went for the cheap and easy option of using a stick from the park, (I gave it a good clean, don't worry), although you could also use and paint a wooden hanger. I won't reveal what I bought to go in each present because that would ruin the surprise, but there are so many options and you can spend as little or as much as you wish. I secured all the knots with clear nail varnish to ensure that they wouldn't come undone, glued the string to the stick so that it wouldn't slide around, wrote the numbers on with a gold pen, and hey presto. One advent calender ready to go!

Essie x

29 comments:

  1. This is so sweet and such a clever idea! Really love this x

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  2. I am not good at DIY but this is such a great idea!xx

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    1. I promise you it's super easy! Just takes a bit of time xx

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  3. most adorable idea! i love it

    keep in touch,

    http://pomegranateandcoffee.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. This is sooo sweet, love it!
    I just came across your blog, it's lovely :)
    Mia
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    www.prettyeclectic.co.uk

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  5. This is possibly the best advent calendar I have ever seen, love it so much x

    Lauren | What Lauren Says (Currently running a Secret Christmas Giveaway, I'd appreciate it if you took a look at it!)

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  6. Such a wonderful idea, I haven`t seen anything like that! So wonderful and original!

    http://lazybluesundays.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! It's definitely my favourite way do do advent :) xx

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  7. great post. would you like to follow eachother?
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  8. Ah this is such a lovely idea! I really want to do this now! but I'd be two days behind :s
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ah you should!! You can just have a catch up day where you open a few at once :) xx

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  9. I love anything homemade and this is just delightful and diverse too!

    Elizabeth x

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  10. That's just the most ridiculously simple idea, and it works so well. I love advent calendars with individual presents each day: it's so much more exciting than chocolate!

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  11. i haven't head a handmade advent calener in years. this one looks so cute and festive. i just love it.
    xx

    dornroeeschen.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh thats so cute! love the idea of un wrapping a little gift everyday instead of chocolate!

    Ineffable Beauty

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  13. This is adorable! Keeping this mind for next year would love to do this
    xxx

    www.salted-roses.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh my goodness this is so lovely, what a nice idea xx

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  15. this is so creative and cute

    Shalay| itsjustshalay.blogspot.com

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  16. This is amazing Essie, I really wanted to do one of these but just didn't get round it. Will have to do it next year!

    Rosie
    x
    therunwayrose.blogspot.com

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  17. Thats such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! xx

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  18. This is such an amazing idea - I love it! I was saying to my boyfriend about making an advent calender for next year so I will definitely have to remember this one!

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  19. What a lovely idea! I've bookmarked this for next year - I love the idea of making your own advent calendar, makes it more special when you open each day :) X

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  20. This is such a brilliant idea! I wish I had more time to do crafty things like this :)

    Michelle x
    thoughtsofashelluk.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Whyyyyy have i only just seen this! omggggggggg!!! roll on christmas 2014 hahah xx

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