When it comes to Christmas, I love to draw it out. Extend all of that holly jolliness, I say!
And this is why I love Advent calendars. It’s a whole month of Christmas anticipation!
The Advent calendar I designed this month is slightly unorthodox. Not only does it NOT contain candy (I know – say wha….!?!?), but it is also a wreath – a DIY Advent wreath.
Instead of candy with this DIY Advent wreath, these adorable little envelopes contain notes. With little instructions of what to do (or make) on that day.
Supplies needed to make your own DIY Advent wreath:
- 8″ Foam Wreath
- Natural Burlap Ribbon
- Martha Stewart Mini Polka Dot Notecards & Envelopes Set (3 packages)
- Wire Card Holder Picks
- Wired Gold Ribbon
- Burlap Flowers
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Adhesive Numbers (I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut mine out of vinyl, but stickers will work just as well)
Wrapping the foam wreath is just as easy as it sounds. So… do just that, and glue the edges down so that you have a tightly wrapped and rustic wreath base.
The notecards and little envelopes are SO adorable. I can’t get enough of how gorgeous they are! In each envelope, leave a little note describing an activity or task for the day. It can be as simple as “Make a wish today” or “Help a friend”- or there can be fun adventures like, “Go for a drive and look at Christmas lights” or “Decorate cookies.”
Slip the card holder into the foam wreath. You will probably have to come in on an angle here, so that your sharp little end doesn’t come flying out of your DIY Advent wreath. Put the envelope into the spiral holder.
I embellished the DIY Advent wreath with a simple gold ribbon and burlap flowers, but you could go crazy with the foliage and ribbon too. I can see this being a very lovely lush wreath – with big splashes of colour.
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Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on “making!”), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it’s time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what we’re up to!