This year I wanted a natural-looking advent calendar using these stylish black and white advent calendar tags, and I wanted to integrate my all-time favourite packaging, recycled packaging paper which I've saved from lots of Rifle Paper Co orders! It features on my Instagram often!
I used a cookie cutter to draw out the template, and then cut out and sewed round lots of stars, adding the contents before finishing. I sewed 12 stars with white thread and 12 with black thread.
Inside the advent calendar I added small toffees, hazelnuts, and lots of stationery including the following:
- Brass triangle paperclips
- Midori brass number clips
- Gold numbered bulldog clips
- Gold camera paper clips
- Gold foldback clips
Next, I punched a hole in each star and tied the tags through (I used a rivet punch with copper rivets but you can't see the hole so it doesn't matter too much.)
I tied the stars at varying lengths to an embroidery hoop (you could also use a giant safety pin, similar to when I made this advent calendar.) I'm just realising my advent calendars have a recurring theme, as I added eucalpytus (again) ! I always have eucalyptus in my home in varying stages of decay so it's a given for my Christmas decorations.
I used black and white bakers twine to attach the stars to the hoop, and bought some thick velvet ribbon from the local haberdasher to finish it off.
Have you made your own calendar this year? Please link your calendar in the comments so I can take a peek!