Unconventional Advent Calendars
The great Christmas countdown is upon us, and before we launch into full-scale party mode, we’re taking a moment to brainstorm the most creative and stylish ways to mark each day of the festive build up. Forget tiny chocolates hidden behind cardboard doors of Santa’s face; with a little resourcefulness and imagination, you can create ingenious modern alternatives to the traditional advent calendar.
Hot pink patterns, partnered with striking gold decals, provide a fresh twist on tradition and a fun way to liven up plain packaging.
A cuter-than-cute way of presenting advent gifts above a bed or fireplace, using hand-stitched stockings with appliqué fabric numbers.
One for the minimalists: avoid any potential clash with your contemporary home by choosing simple designs, clean lines and pale shades.
Craft your own crackers, pack them full of Christmas surprises and hang them down the length of a door.
Paper lunch bags take on new purpose; hang them from branches or attach them to string, with your favourite 2015 photos tucked behind.
Words of wisdom: write personal messages, inspiring quotes or seasonal jokes for your loved ones within envelopes. Customise with colours, patterns, labels, ribbons and washi tape.
Store your advent goodies inside modified household items which can be re-used year after year.
Advent bowls are a nifty way to solve lack of wall space. Try covering old matchboxes in Christmas paper or learning the technique of origami wrapping for added wow factor.
Transform tiled surfaces, fridges and freezers with decorative magnetic tins and adhesive-backed pots containing festive treats.