If you prefer to count down the 24 days to Christmas in a slightly more original way, steer clear of the chocolate advents in the supermarkets this year and make your own.
With a couple of hours, a few crafty supplies and a little creativity, you’ll have a unique count-down calendar that doubles as a Chrissy decoration. And it’s totally up to you what little gift you put inside (although, to be honest, you’re quite space-limited!).
These ones were stuck to the wall in a Christmas tree shape with enough room in-between each box to slide open the ‘drawer’ to find a surprise tiny tree ornament inside. You could fill with little notes or wishes, jokes, lollies, choccies, small gifts or coins.
- 24 papier mache boxes (come in packs of six from Spotlight), small gift boxes or mini cereal boxes
- Scrapbooking paper
- Rub-ons – from Kmart or craft stores like Spotlight
- A white gel pen
- Other crafty supplies – glitter, cutters, confetti, cut-outs. You’re limited by your imagination.
Work out a pattern on the floor – the boxes in this formation were mixed up between vertical and horizontal for interest and more flexibility in the decorations on the front.
Now get decorating! Vary using rub-ons and your own handwriting to date the boxes and use a similar colourway on all boxes in a range of different materials for a cohesive look.
Once done, fill the boxes and stick to the wall with 3M removable tape or blutac and enjoy the nightly countdown ritual!