I know that all children (including Mila) are eagerly waiting to open their advent calendar and get a little treat before going to school.
This year, I’ve made our own advent calendar with plain white matchboxes and hung them with Command Brand transparent plastic hooks.
Both can easily be found on Amazon.
These Command™ Clear Decorating Clips hooks are fantastic to hang Christmas decorations without damaging your walls.
The other thing I use a lot all year long is their picture hanging strips.
I think is worth mentioning this article again because I regularly see people on Instagram asking how they can hang picture frames without drilling into their walls.
Each time I’m like “Command Brand people, Command Brand!” (please read it if you haven’t done so, you will thank me).
To make this advent calendar, you will need:
- 24 plain white empty matchboxes,
- A roll of red curling ribbon
- Numbers stamps (I’ve always kept the ones Mila played with when she was younger)
- Some chocolates
- and Command Brand transparent plastic hooks
1) First, add some chocolates or a little gift in each of the boxes,
2) Then you can start stamping them. To avoid smudges while stamping, I suggest you apply the following method:
- First, split the 24 boxes into 3 columns on your table. Column 1 will be for 1st December to 9th, column 2 for 10th to 19th and column 3 for 20th to 24th December.
- Then, write down on a piece of paper all the numbers from 1 to 24 and work out how many of each number you will need to stamp (i.e. #1 for 1st December + 10th to 19th = 20 boxes need to be stamped with #1.).
- Once these are dried, you can start stamping the second number for days 10th to 24th.
3) When all the boxes are dried, wrap red Christmas ribbon around each of them. Leave at least 40 cm (15.748 in) ribbon to hang them. They don’t have to be the exact same length as I think they look nicer when hung in a cluster.
4) Unpack your Command Brand transparent plastic hooks, and hold each of them strongly onto your wall where you want to hang your advent calendar.
5) Step back and congratulate yourself! ;-)
Christmas decorating has never been so easy!
I also used Command Brand plastic hooks to hang a fairy light on the mantelpiece.
As you can see from the images below, the transparent hooks are very discrete. All you can see are the Christmas decorations and that’s what matters.
I hope this Advent Calendar DIY will inspire you to make your own and maybe get the children involved for a fun, crafty afternoon. You can find more creative projects here.
Let me know if you have any questions xoxo
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