You would think that I, of all people, would make my own Advent Calendar. I don't. I don't even buy the good ones. I buy the ones that are $1 at the checkout of the hardware store right next to the batteries and air fresheners. The upside to this arrangement is the chocolates always have a hint of pine-fresh scent.
I've given my 2 nieces an Advent Calendar every year since they were born. This has been going on for the past 20 years or so. And every year it's been a $1 calendar. In my defence, I always spend the time it takes for the person in front of me to check out flipping through the calendars making sure to get the most attractive of all the $1 cardboard boxes filled with squares of brown wax.
This year was a bit different. This year I went all out. Because LAST year when all the advent calendars were on sale after Christmas I bought two Kinder Egg calendars. Which have sat in my closet for the past 11 months where the chocolates have been gathering a festive coating of white bloom and possibly worms. Merry Christmas!
It took all of the strength I had not to eat those Kinder egg calendars on a variety of occasions in the past year. Easter for example. And one day when it rained. And the day I had a lot of laundry to do. And most Mondays. And the day I brought them home from the store. That was a particularly difficult one. But I didn't. I was strong and I left those calendars in tact because I am a good aunt, I have excellent restraint and because I am a grown up who has a cupboard filled with baking supplies including bags of chocolate chips I can rummage through whenever I want to.
Oh, but that's not the good news. The good news is I've decided they can have their wormy calendars, because I'm going to make myself a super-cool advent calendar this year.
I just haven't decided on which one. There are some pretty ugly, homemade advent calendars out there in Pinterest land, but I've selected what I think are the best of the bunch.
So if you're thinking of making your own advent calendar this year look no further.
I have done the research for you.
Just click on the photo to go to the original source and in most cases, instructions.
This one isn't my favourite, but I like the general idea. If it were me, I'd use a really stained, worn, old muffin pan (it has to be a mini muffin pan to have enough compartments by the way) and I'd use white, gold and black for the covers. Black or white ribbon and a less cutesy label on the bottom. Other than that, love it, lol.
I'm leaning towards the white bags on the wall because I love how simple and contemporary it is. My initial reaction is always to go for rustic, but the rustic doesn't show off as well if it isn't balanced by some simple white contemporary. That's what I think anyway. Today.