Every time we were in the supermarket recently my boyfriend kept a special eye out for the advent calendars (can anyone say child at heart?). I can’t see the point in buying a piece of cardboard with crummy windows holding not-so-great chocolate inside, so I decided to get my craft on and make him one myself. I realised I forgot to take a photo of the supplies needed, but you there was nothing very exotic in there. Supplies:

  • large piece of cardboard (mine was left over from a moving box)
  • toilet roll tubes
  • paint (I used white)
  • paintbrushes/rollers whatever you want
  • tape
  • wool/fabric/sequins/stickers (anything decorative really)
  • hot glue gun
  • wool/rope/string to hang the finished product

The first stage is to cut the cardboard to the shape you want. Make sure you check that there is enough room to fit all the cardboard tubes so that they’re not too cluttered.

The next step is to cover your cardboard backing. I decided to paint it white and to tidy the edges with up tape. I actually ran out of paint, so that’s why mine is a wishy washy colour. You could use fabric or wrapping paper or anything to cover the back. The tape I used was just stuff I had lying around the house. I think it might be electrical tape.

Then it’s on to the “pockets”. My original idea was to use matchboxes, but then I realised that buying 25 boxes of matches wouldn’t work out to be cost effective. The idea to use toilet roll tubes came to me since I’d been storing them after I made my floral wall hanging here and here.

I’d stored my tubes flat, so I chose to hot glue the bottom shut and to pop open the top. If still I had them as tubes, I was thinking about gluing some cardboard to the bottom.

I chose to wrap my pockets with left over wool, fabric and some lacy plastic I had from store bought flowers. I also decided to make the Christmas Day pocket extra special with sequins.

For the numbers I took the lazy route and used number stickers I already had laying around. Mine were in a pack from the stationery store Kikki K. I also decided to use the actual dates from 1st to 25th December rather than a count down, but you could do it either way.

Now we get to the exciting part, the make or break, of the project… laying it all out to see how it all fits together.

The final stage is of course to glue all the pockets to the back board and to then glue the string to the back to hang your masterpiece.

No, I lie. The final stage is to fill your pockets with goodies!

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