Create: Christmas Advent Calendar

Create: Christmas Advent Calendar

Good afternoon! I hope you're ready for today's second post on preparations for Christmas. Next up on the preparation list is creating our advent calendar, and this year I'm using inspiration from Country Living magazine to create a bunting-style calendar to hang on the kitchen wall. I've been collecting offcuts of paper and card to use for this very purpose, and have written out twenty-four festive thoughts or tasks for each day. My sister and I used to make each other tiny gifts for each day of advent when we were younger, and I had good intentions of continuing this theme, but time - as always - has slipped away and this proved impossible. However, making the most of the festive season is what I want to focus on this year and I feel this style of calendar really helps me to achieve that.

Step One

Start by creating a template for each piece of bunting. I used the template from here to help, but it was really very simple.

Step Two

Cut out twenty four identical pieces of bunting and fold together two sides of each triangle to form a flattened cone. Fasten with sticky tape / glue.

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Advent-Calendar-Steps-Creative-Countryside

Step Three

Place your thoughts/tasks inside the pocket - they are wide enough for a small chocolate if you'd like an early morning treat too!

Step Four

You can buy numbered stickers to fasten the bunting pockets, but I used labels and cut out a shape I liked before adding a gold number to the front.

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Advent-Calendar-Steps-2-Creative-Countryside

Step Five

Thread some string or ribbon through the top of each pocket so they can be hung, and you're all done!

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If you'd like to include thoughts or tasks like me, here's my list:

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Creative-Advent

I'll be posting a picture for each day of advent over on instagram and I'd love it if you joined in! Simply post your image on instagram or twitter using #CreativeAdvent and if a few of you join in, I'll put the best on the blog.

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Eleanor is obsessed with stories. She writes for a number of online spaces including This is Your Kingdom, edits Creative Countryside, curates #aseasonalyear and teaches at Chalk House. In addition, she is currently studying for an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing. You'll find her roving the fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds or planning her next rural adventure.