Hello, Freunde der
Welcome to the first episode of DIY Cozy Den! Today we’re making advent calendars YAAAY! Let’s jump right into it.
S.: I think I’m gonna start. And I’m gonna start by saying I am sorry for the sad result you’re about to see 😀 The thing is, I am not a very crafty person. I am clumsy and while I am usually a very patient person, I am never patient with myself. So I am really glad I got this over with somehow 😀 Why didn’t you just stop doing it, you may ask. Because this advent calendar is supposed to be for my mum, dad and brother. I found this DIY of a Christmas Tree made out of toilet rolls on Pinterest and thought “This looks fool-proof, I can do that.”. HA. HA. HA. Towards the end I absolutely hated myself for choosing this but I can tell you about that once we get there 😀 (excuse the quality of the pictures, I am not a professional :D)
What I had to do in the beginning was starting to collect toilet rolls, 25 toilet rolls. You should’ve seen my mum’s face when I told her I needed those (I didn’t tell her why). Then I went on to paint 4 of them in brown, 19 in green and if I had managed to make a star out of the 25th one, it would have been coloured yellow. I couldn’t do it though, so I just didn’t do it at all (S.’s frustration counter: 1).
I used glue and stuck the 4 brown rolls together as the stem, then I stuck together 5 rolls for the first and also the second row of the tree, 4, 3, 2 rows following and one as the top. I put a little ribbons around each part to make it look prettier but also tie the toilet rolls together in order to support the glue. Then I stuck the “leaves” together with the stem et voilà: the tree was born.
Then I bought chocolate and little gifts to put behind the doors and little praline papers to be these exact doors. These doors. I SWEAR. I wanted to burn them. I don’t know why I have infinite patience with every single person I encounter in life except myself, but I got so frustrated. Anyway, you’re supposed to use 2 for one door because that way they are supposed to be stronger and not as easily dented. HA. HA. HA. I started by writing the numbers and the letters M, P, and T (depending on whose turn it is to open the door) onto them. By this point the tree was already lopsided for some reason, idk why but I couldn’t fix it either. And then the real fun started: putting the paper-doors into the rolls. It doesn’t work. In the Pinterest post it looked like they’d fit perfectly. Well, newsflash: they don’t. (S.’s frustration counter: 2) I put them in and they kept falling out or sliding to the side (S.’s frustration counter: 3). Once I had them in, I put in the presents and that again for some reason caused them to fall out or move (S.’s frustration counter: 10). But I managed. Then I moved the calendar to take pictures for this post and again everything moved (S.’s frustration counter: 66). So I took the pictures and put it on the shelf and again everything got dearranged (S.’s frustration counter: 75). I fixed it and I am only moving that thing again on the 1st of december to put in our living room. Then I’ll probably have to fix everything again (S.’s frustration counter prognosis: ∞). I’d recommend to stick paper or something to the back because all you’re presents are gonna fall out as well.
I don’t know if I felt because I am just incapable of crafting or if this is just not thought through entirely. I am so gonna throw that thing out as soon as my family has taken out the last presents on the 24th.
So, there you have it. My DIY-fail. Even though I was slightly passive-aggressive throughout the entire crafting process, it was kinda nice doing something like that for my family and I did enjoy it (even if it doesn’t sound like it:D). Hope you enjoyed because this is not happening again 😀
Update: My mum walked into my room, saw the advent calendar and said “Oh this is so cute, really amazing!”. I am 21, not 6. I know she was lying. This is why you shouldn’t trust your parents when they complement you 😀 (J.: I complement you! I like it also! :D)
J.: Sooo first I have to say that I haven’t got an advent calendar to make by myself.. I can only share a lot of ideas with you which I usually fill the advent calendar for my boyfriend with 🙂 Three years ago I bought one for him with 24 little bags to refill each year. What can I say? Once you’ve started making an advent calendar, you can’t say: “Sorry my dear, you’re not getting one this year.“ So I obviously made one again this year. It always goes with a ctheme which I would like to share with you. For example last year when my boyfriend had his last year at university, I made him an advent calendar with “survival goodies“ for extra long university days. In these pouches I put a little package for cookies, more chocolate than the other ones and so on. On Saturday his family always has a bigger breakfast because everyone is at home on this day, so I always put in some breakfast goodies like a little nutella or a little caramel creme. (When your family member, partner or friend of choice has these breakfast situations, too, why not put in tea or even a nespresso pad for every breakfast day?). The first year I did this advent calendar, I put one picture of us in the little bag, which in the end had a little text on their back when you layed them into the right order, each Advent Sunday. This year my concept was very similar: Every Saturday he gets something for breakfast, similar to the ones above, but in two Saturdays he’ll find a chocolate stick to melt into hot milk. For sundays I went for something special like a cream or a gel for his beard (I really love his beard so he better take care of it :D). On mondays, when he has to go back to work, he’ll get a little “Lunch Bundle“, where I put some Gingerbread into little clear cookie bags. In between all these days I went for some cremes, shower gels, chocolate bars and so on. For the sixth and twenty-fourth of december I got him an After Eight Chocolate Santa and a huge shower gel. Last year I had bought a package of different pencils and distributed them into two-part-packages in some pouches. Sadly I can’t buy him pencils again, because he’s still got the one from last year. But always search for bigger packages, so you can fill more doors with them, so you get more stuff out of less money. I also got a package of Christmas Chocolate Baubles which I put into the bags which had only a little thing in them or things like shower gel without any chocolate. I love being creative in what I put into his advent calendar. So I like to make this every year for him 🙂 (It’s also more time saving investing once in a advent calendar you reuse every year than letting your frustration level getting on 100000000, right, S.? 😀 😀 Loved reading your part so much 😀 S.: You better watch your back next time we’re on the train together 😀 But in my defense: it doesn’t make much sense to buy one because my mum’s got like three of thec re-usable ones :D)
So hopefully all of our ideas helped you a little bit to find the perfect advent calendar (Edit S.: or to exclude certain calendars to guarantee a wholesome and calm time before december :D) for the ones you love or for yourself 🙂
See you very soon for Blogmas!
Bye! 🙂 S. & J. xx
PS: Check out the Christmas Counter on the left at the bottom of the page if you want to know how many sleeps are left till Christmas (it’s there all year).