Tuesday, 1 December 2020

DIY Advent Calendar {12 Crafts of Christmas}

How to make a simple scandi-style DIY Christmas advent calendar using envelopes and dried orange slices. Budget Christmas decor craft inspiration.

It's 1st December, so finally time for some Christmas crafts - and as always, they're all easy projects you can complete in a couple of hours and for just a few pennies. And seeing as we're all stuck inside at the moment, I thought these projects would make the perfect fun festive activity to boost wellbeing, and get you in the Christmas spirit. And even if you're a beginner to crafting. First up: a DIY advent calendar. This was was really fun to make, and so so simple - it literally uses things I had laying around in the house/garden!

You will need: 

A long stick - I found this one in my back garden, just make sure it feels fairly strong

Envelopes - These are coin envelopes 

String

Dried orange slices

Rosemary

Bells 

Small treats to pop inside the envelopes 

Stapler 

Marker pen

Total cost: This cost me a grand total of £0 as I had everything lying around at home

How to make: 

Start by writing the numbers 1-24 on your envelopes, and cut a small hole in the top of each envelope - if you have a hole punch this would be the best way to make the hole. I don't have one though so just used some simple scissors. 

How to make a simple scandi-style DIY Christmas advent calendar using envelopes and dried orange slices. Budget Christmas decor craft inspiration.

Poke a length of string or ribbon through the envelope from front to back, so the end is hidden at the back of the envelope, and tie a knot to secure. 

Now to add some festive decorations to your envelopes. You can literally go with anything here - think some Christmas foliage, berries or bows - most things will work! I've gone with my favourite - dried orange slices, which are not only so easy to make (you can find out exactly how to dry them here), but they also smell amazing! I've also added a little sprig of fresh rosemary for some colour, and a little gold bell on every other envelope. 

Thread an orange slice onto the string, and add a small bell on top of the slice. Staple, or sellotape a small piece of rosemary to the front of the envelope so it is sitting underneath the orange. 

How to make a simple scandi-style DIY Christmas advent calendar using envelopes and dried orange slices. Budget Christmas decor craft inspiration.

Then pop a small treat or sweet inside each envelope - I've gone with Christmassy chocolates. 

Now tie each each envelope onto the stick, securing with a double knot. I found it was easier to do this with the stick in situ, so fixed it to the wall with some simple nails, and then attached each in turn. Vary the lengths of each piece of string to give some interest, and try to keep each one at a similar distance to the next. Finally trim the ends of the string so they're all the same length. 

And you're all done! How simple was that - and a really effective-looking decoration too! The good thing about this is you'll be able to reuse year after year too - you might want to replace the rosemary and/or orange slices next year. 

How to make a simple scandi-style DIY Christmas advent calendar using envelopes and dried orange slices. Budget Christmas decor craft inspiration.

How to make a simple scandi-style DIY Christmas advent calendar using envelopes and dried orange slices. Budget Christmas decor craft inspiration.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and simple Christmas DIY - let me know if you make one, I'd love to see! And I'll be back tomorrow with another quick Christmas craft perfect for updating your decor on a budget.

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx
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