Monday, 23 November 2009

How To: Advent Garland

This weekend I made an advent garland!



The garland is made from 24 small brown paper envelopes...

 

... decorated with gold paper doilies and silver embossed cake ribbon (available from my supplies shop) ....

 

.... and suspended on silver cord using the gold & silver mini pegs I bought a couple of weeks ago:


 

You could use any decorative papers you fancy to make your own garland, and mini wooden pegs are available from most craft stores.

If you want to number each envelope, you could add number stickers or handwritten numbers in marker pen, or print the numbers out on your computer & use a circle template to cut them out neatly.


 
 

Then you can fill each envelope with whatever you fancy - messages, silly Christmas jokes or individually wrapped sweets.


 

(Many thanks to my neighbour who kindly let me use her lovely fireplace as a setting for these photos!)

Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!

12 comments:

Gem Wilder said...

That is a very funky Kiwi on your neighbour's mantelpiece. And what a great idea - much better than my store bought advent calendars.

Tiffany said...

ooh, lovely! must try

Caleb and Emily Designs said...

This is a really neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

-Emily

iknitipurl said...

Cute idea. Our Advent calendar is very close to being done. But I'm knitting it so it's taking a little longer than I'd like.

The Indie Handmade Show said...

What a lovely idea!
Thank you for sharing,
Maria

Stephanie B said...

That is such a pretty color combination. I love the doilies

Gemma said...

Oh this is a lovely post- I have been looking for Advent Calender inspiration and this is great. Thanks for posting.

Conversation Pieces said...

Super super adorable!

Dana Barbieri said...

Very nice!

Ann Martin said...

So elegant! I'm a fan of metallics, especially at this time of year.

Jennifer said...

I found your blog through whip up and love this advent idea. Its so simple and pretty. Thanks for sharing!

Caley said...

This is such a great idea; simple to make and very pretty. I'm an editor for FaveCrafts.com and I just linked to this from a blog post on stocking and garland crafts, which you can read here. Thanks for sharing!

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