Monday, 23 November 2015

6 super simple last minute DIY advent calendar ideas


It is less than a week until the 1st of December....Can you believe it!??
This last month of the year can be very hectic, and the pressures, anticipations and preparations for Christmas can soon become overwhelming. But Advent time can also be a lovely time to re-assess and slow down, and I hope you all will find some time to enjoy it!
One of the things I love about this time of the year is spending the darker evenings getting creative and making things for our holiday decor...and it always starts with the essential ADVENT CALENDAR.
Don't get me wrong, those generic supermarket chocolate advent calendars serves their purpose, but I like to create something that is a bit more of a feature in my home decor to set the mood for the season...and every year I do something different: You can see last years kirigami advent calendar here, but this year I've made This simple alternative.

It really doesn't need to be anything complicated, as the simplicity of the ideas in this post will show you....I love the idea from My Scandinavian home, above, where notes, simply taped on to a blackboard wall, with clues to a hidden present in the home will not only encourage a fun daily game of hide and seek, but also help take the pressure off having it all ready on the 1st of December....

As mentioned in before, this year I am taking a very simplistic and laid back approach to my Christmas decorating, and all the ideas for an alternative advent calendar in this post reflects this.....They are all very pretty, but also pretty easy to make, so that YOU can still find the time to create your own before December....

This idea from Arrow House is as simple as attaching 24 small drawstring bags to some strung up Large wooden beads....Stamp or draw numbers onto the bags and add some fairy lights to set the seasonal mood...



I love this simple idea from MINIKUNST: Just drill 24 holes in a piece of wood, then write little life affirming or inspirational notes on small pieces of paper, roll up and place in the holes....


It doesn't get much simpler than this idea from Annaleena's hem : Wrap up a little treats in white paper for each day of advent....stamp or draw on the numbers then simply tape them all to the wall....


Kjersti from Kjersti's lykke also used the simple white parcel for each day approach to her advent calendar, but she attached them to a piece of numbered grey felt....and most ingeniously filled her parcels with pieces of play mobile set, so that each day her son could add to building the kit...


This last one, from Stipje, may not hold any surprise treats, and may therefore not appeal to children, but for a stylishly adult way to countdown to Christmas, I love it....
A simple twig with painted numbers , add some wooden beads on elasticated string, then move the beads up the twig as the days pass...

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