DIY Advent Calendar

November 19, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hiiiii! Happy Tuesday :)

I’m curious – do any of you do Advent Calendars in your house? We didn’t really have them growing up, but when I did an exchange to Switzerland in year 11, my host family did it beautifully, with boxes lining the staircase, each one holding a little gift or message. I loved it, and it’s stuck with me all these years (thanks Maryline!)! So I thought it might be fun to do another one this year – for my Husband, seeing as we have no kiddies ;)

I had grand plans for this advent calendar, but I’ll be honest – it ended up being a little more time-consuming and tricky than I’d thought! It was one of those DIYs that had me debating whether to keep pushing on with it, or pack it in and admit defeat. As you can see, I did push on with it, and I’m glad I did. I think it’ll be really fun :)

Advent Calendar DIY

So this is it: I made some lidless boxes out of Kraft card, fill each box with a gift/message, then covered the openings with tissue paper. So when each day comes, my hubby will break through the tissue and find a prize. I can imagine kids would love the act of breaking into each box with their hands to find a surprise inside, don’t you think? And I’m pretty sure normally Advent Calendars only go to day 24, but I thought opening one on Christmas day would be nice too.

So, if you’d like to give this a go I’ll put some instructions below. If you’re not crazy like me and would prefer to just buy 25 boxes (approx. 10cm x 10cm) instead of making them – I’d recommend it! It’d make the whole DIY easier and save a lot of time and hand-ache! In that case, you can skip to Step 4.

Here’s what you’ll need:
- 25 x A3 size, medium weight card (any colour, thick enough to hold it’s own weight, but thin enough to be cut and folded)
- Scissors, Ruler, Pencil
- Stapler and lots of staples
- Tissue Paper
- Sticky Tape
- Advent Numbers printed on sticker paper, then cut or punched out (LETTER or A4)
- Little gifts or messages to fill your boxes!

Step 1.
On one sheet of A3 card, measure out a box template (see below). I ended up doing mine with 99mm sides so that it’d fit exactly across the width of my A3 card. You can make them whatever size you like though – just make sure they’re deep enough to hold little gifts, and wide enough for a hand. Cut template out.

Advent Calendar DIYStep 2.
Use this first box as a template, and trace around it onto the rest of your A3 sheets of card. Cut them all out.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 3.
Using a ruler as a guide, fold in the sides and the flaps on each box. Make sure they’re clean, sharp folds. Use a stapler to attach the flaps to the sides, forming your box. You can also glue these, but it takes a lot longer!

Advent Calendar DIYStep 4.
Now that you’ve got your boxes (or if you bought boxes), it’s now time to fill and seal them. I’d recommend writing a list of which gifts will go in each day so you can keep track of what’s where, and spread out any bigger gifts.

Start by cutting the tissue paper into approx. 13 x 13 cm squares. Choose whichever colours you’d like – I chose gold :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 5.
Take a box, and put the gift inside. If the gift is too big to fit in the box, put a little note or clue to tell them where to find it. It’s fun that way! :)

Advent Calendar DIYStep 6.
Cut off 4 lengths of sticky tape, each slightly longer than one side of the box. Stick the tissue over the box opening, starting with two opposite sides first, then fold in the other two sides like you’d wrap a gift. Use the remaining sticky tape to stick them down. Tissue paper is quite fragile, so you might have to be gentle.

Advent Calendar DIY

Step 7.
Lastly, take the Advent Numbers you cut out before and gently stick the corresponding number into the middle of the tissue paper. That’s it!

Finish the rest of the boxes, then work out how you’d like to stack them. I found that when mine were stacked, they could be a little wobbly, so I ran a strip of washi tape along the length (underneath and on top) of each row to hold them together. You could also stick them to a board.

Advent Calendar DIY

So as you can see, it’s fairly involved! But it’ll make December just that much more fun :)

See all our DIYs here!

{Freebie} Printable Blog Planner

January 3, 2013 | Design, Freebies

Yes that’s right, it’s time to get organised! :)

I wanted to share with you all a very simple (and obvious) tool that I’ve found absolutely crucial to keeping this blog going.. and that is a blog planner.

When I started Fellow Fellow a year and a half ago, I promised myself that I would post every day. I know it can be really hard to commit to that, especially when you’re just starting out, so to keep myself on track I drew up a basic calendar with lots of blank space so that I could begin to plan my posts a week in advance. It helped me create a schedule to work towards, and kept me motivated… which is necessary sometimes!

So now it’s time to share the love. I’m sure some of you already have a method you like to use, and I’m not saying this is definitely going to work for you, but it’s just something I have found useful and hope you might too! :)

I’ve made this one universal, so all you have to do is print it out, fill in the Month name at the top, and then write in the dates. After that you can begin to fill in the days with post ideas or events you know are coming up, and work hard to have a post ready every day!

You can find both A4 and Letter formats below, each file contains 3 different colours.

Enjoy! And of course, if you have any other tips on how to stay on track with posting, I’d love to hear it! :)

2013 Calendars now in store!

October 25, 2012 | Shop

Yippee! It’s been a couple of months of hard work over here at studio Fellow Fellow, but finally they’ve arrived… Our very first calendars are in store now!

They’re 150 x 210mm in size, and feature 12  beautiful bright floral designs (one per month), perfect to see you through 2013 in style.

Only a limited number have been printed, so head over to the shop and nab one for yourself!  :)

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