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!

Workspace Wednesday 106.

October 30, 2013 | Workspace Wednesday

Yippeeeee! Look what just arrived a couple of days ago…

FF Business Cards

Mmmmm… kraft and metallic gold.  I’ve been itching to see how these would turn out ever since I sent them off, and finally I’ve got them in my hot little hands (literally – look at my creepy hand in that photo below!). They really didn’t disappoint, I can’t stop turning them around and ooo-ing over the gorgeous metallic-ness.

FF Business Cards

They look lovely in real life, but I struggled a little to capture the gold in the photos, so you’ll just have to imagine :)

DIY Faux Dipped Legs

August 23, 2013 | DIY

After I’d finished the stool from yesterday’s DIY, I went looking around our apartment for something else I could attack with Washi Tape. I decided pretty quickly that this little lady with her lovely peg legs needed some faux gold-dipped legs STAT.

Washi Dipped Legs

It’s a much more subtle look than yesterday’s bright teal, but I really love how the gold looks with this timber.

It was a piece of cake to do too, just upturn your table (or chair/stool etc), take some MT Casa Tape in whatever colour you choose (normal width washi tape would work too), measure down the leg to the point at which you want the tape to start, and get sticking! Repeat for each leg.

NOTE: Washi Tape is quite gentle, but if you’re worried about what it might do to your furniture/walls once it’s removed, please do a test first!! 

Washi Dipped LegsWashi Dipped LegsWashi Dipped Legs

Voila! It’d look great in a bright colour too don’t you think? Maybe around dining chairs, or a hall table.. so many possibilities! And if it turns out you don’t like it, or want a change… just take it off ;)

And now I’m off for the weekend.. I hope you all have a good one! See you Monday. x

Pins 16.07.13

July 16, 2013 | Pins

1. DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mouse Pad by Lovely Indeed (via)
2. Yellow Bird Brooch from Paulina(via Ez Pudewa)
3. Twenty Sheerstripe Tee from Luvocracy (via Mrs. French)
4. Karnataka Pillow Cover from me{longings} Studio (via Design*Sponge)
5. Rubber Dipped Polka Dot Mug by Recreation Center from Ship and Shape (via Morgan)
6. You Are Simply Wonderful Print from Sarah & Bendrix (via)