Handmade Advent Calendar

As it’s the 1st of December today (eeeeek!), I thought I’d share with you all the advent calendar I made this year for my boyfriend, Jake. He usually only has the ones which have pictures behind the doors, not chocolate, so I thought I’d surprise him with one that I’d crafted myself, and filled with edible goodies!

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I started off with a large, strong piece of cardboard, which I covered with festive paper. I found double-sided sticky tape held it on better than glue, but whatever works best for you. Then I used one of my many Christmassy washi tapes to add a border.

Next, I had to create 24 little envelopes. I used my ‘We R Memory Keepers’ envelope punch board for this, as it’s so great for making any sized envelope out of any paper you like, and the result looks very professional. (If you’re interested, check out this link: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/we-r-memory-keepers-envelope-punch-board/613611-1000) If you don’t have one of these, you can always print off a template to make your own, or purchase a die of an envelope template which you can use over and over. I chose various different designs of festive paper, and created the envelopes using my punch board, before securing them all to the board using double-sided tape.

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Once they were all stuck down I could label them with numbers 1-24. I did this randomly so you have to search for the correct one each day, rather than just being arranged in numerical order. I added some stickers at the top of the board spelling out ‘Happy Christmas’ along with some puffy polar stickers, and then a chipboard piece with the phrase ‘made just for you’ at the bottom. All that was left to do was to hole punch two holes at the top of the calendar so that I could make a hanger out of twine. It was then ready to be filled with tasty treats!

I’m really happy with how this first attempt turned out. 🙂 I’d love to hear what you guys think. Happy Advent opening!!

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