Advent Countdown Ideas

Advent Calendar Envelopes

I know it’s probably a bit late to be posting ideas for advent calendars although I think a couple of days adrift will make no difference! There’s any number of advent calendars out there to buy (chocolate or otherwise) but I particularly love these cute little cards that I bought for my nephews and niece. I started buying them a couple of years ago after seeing them in the window of a shop in Beverley called ‘Something Different’ on Butcher Row. There’s always a really good selection of cards at very reasonable prices. If only I could take a peak at some of the pictures behind the doors before sending them…..

Advent Cards

My crafty idea for an advent calendar started as something I’d seen in a magazine. That was for small, paper advent bags to put gifts in. I thought about making little bags but decided that I wouldn’t have the time (or the patience) to manage 25! I also wasn’t sure how to display them. Instead, I had seen these money envelopes in Wilkinson’s and had been turning over in my mind whether they could be used in a craft. Of course they could- advent envelopes!

Typewriter and Christmas Rubber Stamps

I bought the set of typewriter stamps from Amazon Marketplace (The Pea’s Knees Ltd, £7.99), I already owned the Christmas themed stamps from last year. It turned out pretty quick and easy to stamp up 25 envelopes and then fill them with little treats. My husband is more savoury than sweet(!) which explains the nuts and cheese. Hopefully, some of the chocolates might come my way!

Advent Envelopes and Treats

The noticeboard I used to display the envelopes was from a craft I posted about here. Of course there is any manner of ways to display them- in a Christmas bowl perhaps, or pegged onto a garland.

Advent Calendar Envelopes

Magnetic Fireplace Fix-up

Our kitchen has a fireplace that used to be covered over. When we stripped out the kitchen after we moved in we discovered behind the board was an old kitchen range. The idea then was to restore it to it’s former glory as a ‘feature’ in the kitchen. However, after staring at the dusty, dirty fireplace for too many years to mention, we finally admitted that it was better covered up!

Magnetic Memoboard

To make it useful, we decided to use magnetic paint and have it as a memo board for recipes. The paint tin promised only a couple of coats would be needed, but I reckon we did about four coats in the end. The board is just a piece of plasterboard sawed to size- it has been glued in place as have the bits of skirting round the edges to frame the board.

Magnetic Memoboard

The magnets used on the paint need to be quite strong to hold anything in place. I’m very pleased with the outcome- it means recipes from magazines don’t just get put in a pile and it gives inspiration for cooking during the week.

Necklace Noticeboard

I’ve already done a past blog on customising a noticeboard to display the usual things noticeboards are used for. While doing that I thought how perfect it would be to use little hooks instead to display necklaces and bracelets. I have mine in a big pot and find it a nightmare in the morning, when in a rush, to find the one I want and then untangle it from all the others. This is the perfect way to have them all at hand and looks good enough to be on display all the time.

Making a Necklace Noticeboard

All you need is a noticeboard (supermarket buy at £2.75), some small hooks (any good DIY or craft store), wrapping paper (or wallpaper or fabric) and a bit of double sided sticky tape.

Paper on Noticeboard

Firstly, cut out the paper to size. I cut it to be slightly bigger than the cork part of noticeboard and then crisply folded it to fit and give straight edges. At each corner and half way along each edge I put a bit of double sided sticky tape. I then stuck the paper to the cork.

Hooks on Noticeboard

I placed the hooks where I wanted to screw them in. I decided on three rows- two for necklaces and one at the bottom for bracelets. All you need to do now is to screw the hooks in place.

Finished Necklace Noticeboard

There you have it, a perfect way to display all your necklaces and bracelets! You could stand this up on a set of drawers or even hang it up on your bedroom wall.

Smarten up a Boring Noticeboard

Want a new way of displaying all those cards and postcards that are too pretty to throw away? Need to smarten up your noticeboard so all the bills or reminders for appointments don’t look so depressing? This post will show you how with a bit of paper, some ribbon and pins.

Noticeboard Materials

What you will need: Cork noticeboard (I got this one from a supermarket for £2.75), wrapping paper or wallpaper, ribbon or string (I used elastic ribbon), drawing pins, double sided tape, scissors.

Measuring Noticeboard Paper

I started off by trimming the wrapping paper to the size of the outside edge of the noticeboard (i.e. cork board + outer wooden frame). This meant I had enough paper to fold under to get a sharp edge, and perfect fit. Step two is to fold under the edges of the paper so it is the exact size of the cork board. If you have stiffer paper than I did, just trim to the size of the cork board. Place double sided tape in each corner of the paper and position the paper (the right way up) on the cork board and press the corners down to secure in place.

Noticeboard Ribbon

Now comes the slightly tricky bit – pinning the ribbon. Place a loop in the end of the ribbon to put the pin through. Start off by pinning the ribbon from corner to corner. I pinned one end of the ribbon before pulling it across the board and trimming it to the correct length, ensuring that the ribbon could be pulled tight once pinned down.

Noticeboard Ribbon Final Layout

Next do the other diagonal exactly the same as before to make a cross on the board. Now add more diagonals to make a criss-cross pattern. It’s easiest to mark off pinning points a third of the way along each side of the board. These pinning points will have two pieces of ribbon originating from them, so remember to pin both of these at the same time. As before, make loops in the ribbon and pin one end down, then stretch the ribbon across to the other side of the board.

Finished Noticeboard

Wherever the ribbon crosses itself place a pin. This creates more tension in the ribbons to secure whatever you decide to place on the board. The noticeboard is now finished and ready to fill with pretty postcards or mundane bills!