Monday, 28 November 2016

DIY Christmas: Advent Calendar

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Christmas, Christmas crafting, Christmas DIY, advent calendar, craft, advent
Christmas, Christmas crafting, Christmas DIY, advent calendar, craft, advent

Can you believe it's December on Thursday?! I can't! November has just disappeared in a flash and I'm not feeling terribly organised for the upcoming festivities. No presents have been purchased and I haven't even made a list of gift ideas yet! Luckily our Dundee and Edinburgh festive guides are giving me hope and a bit of a shopping plan.

One thing that's become a festive tradition is that my sister (Heather Mac) and I exchange advent calendars. I try to hand make one for her each year and usually I'm desperately putting it together before the 1st roles around. This year it's the one thing I have organised, all thanks to an advent calendar class making at DCA. I'm keeping this year's design under wraps because I don't want to ruin the surprise, but I thought I'd do a quick DIY of last years effort. It was a speedy and easy one but it did look pretty effective, even if I do say so myself.

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What you'll need:
- Paper bags
- Pegs
- String
- Chocolate
- Decorations

1.) Fill your bags with treats.
I like to go for a mix of chocolate, sweets and mini decorations as advent treats. Tiny toiletries and makeup could also work, hello DIY beauty calendar. Fill up 24 or 25 depending on your preference for having an extra Christmas day treat or not (or base it on how many pegs you have).

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2.) Get your pegs in order.
You can buy ready made advent pegs like I did or make your own. These little ones are from Tiger and they have a number of other great designs in store right now (I checked). If you want to get a bit more adventurous with your DIY you can buy tiny pegs and make your own numbers using felt, paper or draw them directly on the wood.

3.) String it up.
Get your string / ribbon at the ready and attach it somewhere prominent. What's nice about this advent calendar is it also makes some rather nice festive bunting. Peg your bags to the string in any order you fancy. Go for straight through 1 - 24  or mix it up to make it a bit challenging for the recipient.

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And there you have it! Told you it was easy peasy. I always enjoy making Heather Mac's advent calendar. It's fun doing some festive crafting and it's nice to make something pretty for someone. Do let me know if you give it a try or if you have any other advent calendar ideas that I can use for the future. It would probably do me good to start thinking about it now!

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