Year after year – Christmas never comes as a surprise, although it’s always earlier than you think! This year you really wanted to prepare a special surprise for a special person and craft a Christmas calendar. Wanted to! It is what it always is: the schedule is packed, and it seems to be way too much effort to make a DIY calendar. To get you out of this tricky situation, here are three SOS-ideas that are easy and quick to make, that still look cool and will guarantee some smiles!
Simply iron it out
Do you have one of those old wooden hangers in your wardrobe? Great, because it is perfect to hang the small presents on to. This is what you need: 12 small, round metal hooks, copper spray, bows, ribbons and bands. And of course: wrapping paper and 24 little presents to be wrapped (you will find ideas for this you at the end of the article).
Step 1: screw the metal hooks in the hanger.
Step 2: once the hooks are screwed in, it’s time to spray: a copper spray from the DIY market is perfect to give the old hanger a new glow. Tip: do the spraying outside to avoid having the copper dust on your furniture.
Step 3: While the spray color is drying, you can start wrapping the presents. Tie the ribbons onto presents and then onto the hooks.
Step 4: Put the calendar up on the wall!
The perfect idea for spontaneous people
This model is not only a super quick craft project, it is also a real eye-catcher.
Step 1: Simply take an (old) fruit or wine box (from the DIY market, online or from a wine trader). Step 2: Write “advent calendar” on the box – either you can use a brush and paint or cut out the letters and glue them on the box.
Step 3: cover the inside of the box with wood wool or wrapping paper.
Step 4: Put in the small presents – and don’t forget the numbers. You can find online many pretty numbers to download and print.
Photo: Tobias Rademacher
The branch solution
After the last autumn storms, many branches fell down in the forest, which is perfect for last-minute-crafts.
Step 1: On your next walk in the woods, look for a branch that is stable enough for your calendar and not rotten.
Step 2: Wrap the two ends of the branch with binder twine and knot the two pieces of string together. The base frame is done!
Step 3: It is about time to wrap the parcels, assign them numbers and tie them to the branch. Neutral paper goes best with the nature look, you can find online loads of Christmas-themed paper to print. It couldn’t be any easier!
Photo: Dari lli
24 gift ideas for the calendar
(which you can find in the supermarket or in the drugstore)
- exotic spice blend
- thermo cup for the coffee to-go
- massage oil
- scented candle
- mini shower gel
- small bottle high quality olive oil (e.g. truffles)
- small bottle balsamico
- Christmas lights
- Mini size body lotion
- Speciality coffee
- Fluffy socks
- Truffle praline
- Small bag truffle chips
- Bath bomb
- Magazine (rolled up)
- Gourmet pasta
- Pretty glass of tomato sauce
- Hand cream
- Lip balm
Pure Taste. Pure Joy.