Although it's a little late to start making your DIY advent calendar, wanted to share with you the cute one that my parents have made.
The benefits of making your own advent calendar are that you can customise it to look exactly as you want and can fill them with your favourite sweets rather than the tiny cheap pieces of chocolate in commercial calendars. This calendar also doubles as a lovely piece of Christmas doorway and, it it's position on the stairway banister, is the first thing one sees when stepping through the front door. Instant festivity!
Surprisingly, this calendar requires very little sewing so don't be too daunted if it isn't your forte! The only it is sewed is the bag itself, which in this case was fashioned from hemp which I feel gives it a more rustic feel, but you can use any fabric you wish. Ribbon (of various colours) is then woven through to turn it into a drawstring bag.
To number the bags for each day, hearts were cut from a piece of felt (once again in various colours) and labelled with a black marker pen, These were attached to the drawstring bags with a mini paperclip, however a little dab of glue would also be just fine. The bags were then filled with sweets (the fun bit) and attached to a long piece of string with clothes pegs. You can then add whatever little accents and decorations you want which, in this case, where small fabric hearts which co-ordinate perfectly with the felt date labels.
This calendar can of course be hung wherever you want but, as you can see, works beautifully attached to a banister. And the best thing about it? It can be reused year after year!
What advent calendar have you got this year?
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