12 Days of Christmas: Day 1

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: an advent calendar!

I just love advent calendars! They help you count down until Christmas. They make the time go by faster, when you are waiting. They are such a beautiful decoration! I grew up having an advent calendar every year. My grandmother used to make one each for me and my brother. It contained all kinds of sweets, chocolate, marzipan potatoes, gummy bears and many other yummy things.

I continued this tradition with my own children and made wooden trees and small cloth pouches for them. The little sacks used to have a lot of tiny toys in them, playmobil accessories, marbles, toy cars and also sweets, but in the last couple of years the kids have found different things besides chocolates: little coupons for 1 iTunes song, nice pens, erasers and other practical stuff.

For my mother I have made a different kind of advent calendar this year. I wrote out 24 Christmas poems and printed them on the backside of one-sided scrapbooking paper. It’s a great way to use of a bunch of coordinating papers that have had little use so far – without feeling guilty about it.

First I cut the paper down to 8.5×11″. The scraps can still be used for cards and small projects. Then I ran them through the printer (2 poems fit on each paper, I needed 12 papers). Each of the poems was rolled up and closed with hemp twine.

To decorate each roll I stamped the numbers 1-24 on the scraps and embossed with gold embossing powder. I doubled the papers to give them a colourful backing. The numbers only needed a small hole punch. I added the numbers to the rolls and trimmed the hemp twine.

To display the poem rolls, I lined a basked with red hemp cloth, distributed the rolls evenly and added pinecones, golden stars and mini christmas balls to the mix.

This is a fun Christmas decoration! You can use any type of papers that suit your style or holiday colour scheme. I hope you will enjoy making your own calendars! What are you placing in yours?

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Happy Stamping,

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  1. jill says:

    love, Love, LOVE this advent idea, Bettina!!!!!!!

  2. Jolene says:

    What a fun idea! I love how it looks displayed with the pinecones.

  3. Allison says:

    What a unique idea for an advent calendar Bettina! I love this idea for a spouse too… lots of love notes! Awesome!

  4. stephanie says:

    what a fabulous idea!

  5. Leica says:

    looking good Bettina!

  6. ellen s says:

    these are so fun! great idea!

  7. Maryfrances says:

    Hey Bettina! I just love your idea about the poems. What a thoughtful gift. Love how the stamps and embossing powder look here…so festive.

  8. Agata says:

    Bettina, this is a wonderful idea! Love this calendar and the way it looks!

  9. carisa says:

    oooh, i love this & the pp about a fun idea for a spouse is awesome. LOVE it.

  10. Nikki C says:

    This is just such a sweet idea thanks for sharing it :)

  11. Melissa says:

    What a fabulous idea!!! They look awesome!!

  12. neat idea! Instead of poems you could even tell a story – with a small part of it on each scroll :)
    Jessica Gabriel Okotoks

  13. Isha says:

    Lovely calender. Great idea. The Gold looks so cool.TFS

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