Finally ready. Just in a nick of time really, because we start our Advent countdown Tuesday. In no way could our family be described as religious, but we do enjoy the traditions of Christmas, and the Advent Calendar is a fun way for the kids to countdown to the big day.
Our calendar is BIG. Standing 145 cm high, and 95 cm wide, it certainly commands attention.
Made from a single, large piece of chipboard, it has been cut to shape by lovely husband, then covered in a sheet of wadding (like quilters use), then clad in a bright, lime green cotton. This was then all secured with a trusty staple gun.
Each of the 24 red spotted pouches is 8cm x 8cm, with a smaller 6cm x 6cm apple green wool felt block attached on which a number has been sewn using white embroidery cotton and a
simple split stitch. The bottom three pouches were a chocolate green wool felt to represent the tree trunk.
The pouches are then held in position using upholstery tacks.
The star on the top used red wool felt on one side and the lime green cotton on the other. Here is a handy star template if you are not confident to draw a freehand star. Using my photocopier I then enlarged this to make a star just the right size for a tree topper.
The pouches have been filled with assorted chocolates
a handmade felt brooch or two
Snowflake cutters for cookies we will make
and cake toppers for some Christmas themed cupcakes.
Hopefully inquisitive fingers will leave it alone and not peak at the surprises too soon....