Christmas Countdown: DIY Santa Advent Calendar

This post is part of my Countdown to Christmas Series and you can read the previous post here.

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One of the best things about Christmas for me is the lead up and a key component of this is obviously the Advent Calendar. I challenge you to find something more satisfying than knowing that you will get a piece of chocolate each morning for 24 days. Last year I went a tad over the top with our Advent calendar and made my own! Here he is in all his glory

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Magnificent, isn’t he? Yes he is THAT big but you know, Go Hard or Go Home… There is actually a bit of drama attached to this fellow. When I was making him last year I managed to BREAK MY HAND gluing all of the pockets on. That’s right, I broke my hand squeezing a tube of glue. You can only imagine the looks I received in A&E when I went to them with that tale. After a string of x-rays, cue me sporting a flesh-coloured harness over the festive period. I still feel a slight twinge there when I think about him. He truly is a labour of love.

Apart from the trauma that I endured, he was actually quite easy to put together! You’ll notice that this isn’t really a tutorial as he was created before my blogging days, so just use your imagination and I’ll walk you through it.

I started off with a strip of cardboard and some A4 sheets of red felt. It’s very much a case of cutting and gluing if I’m honest lads and you can pretty much see for yourself what’s what. His face is a circle of pink foam with other foam bits and pieces for the details. His beard is white felt and the pockets are rounded rectangles of red felt. I used some gold glitter glue for the numbers on each pocket. That’s the jist of is so get yourself some glue and get to work. I will place a disclosure here and state that if you injure yourself whilst making this jolly fellow I am not to blame. I will recommend that you use a hot glue gun to avoid scapula fractures.

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Having avoided injury, you should end up with a DIY Santa Advent Calendar for all to enjoy. I’ve found that my pockets comfortably fit 4 advent chocolates apiece (yes there are only 2 of us in the house but I strongly believe that Christmas is about pure excess and gluttony – SEND ME TO THE FIERY DEPTHS IF YOU WILL). Merry Christmas Folks!

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