Every year I find the lead up to Christmas almost always more exciting than Christmas day itself. The lights, the shopping windows getting all festive, opening up the boxes of decorations, buying the Christmas tree… and then of course there is the advent calendar, marking every day until the big day with a little present, just for me – I love it! Only, I’ve never been a big fan of the cheap milk chocolates you find in most shop-bought advent calendars and sometimes the paper versions are a little disappointing, or naff and just plain cheesy.

So here’s how to make your own advent calendar to give as an early gift to your loved ones – you just need to swap the little windows hiding cheap chocolate squares for 24 little parcels filled with really fancy stuff. It’s not only dead simple to make, but rather exciting for whoever opens the parcels each day (plus it looks really chic too).

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Make your own Advent Calendar.You Will need

  • lots of tissue paper
  • various types of really nice chocolates
  • string
  • scissors
  • marker pens
  • normal paper
  • some large glitter (optional)

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1. To make a parcel overlay various sheets of tissue paper squares in a star like manner (see below), put a chocolate in the centre of it, a little strip of paper with a romantic or fun message, and add some large glitter for extra effect. Then bring the edges of the paper together and tie the string just above the chocolate, leaving one long end, to make a miniature parcel.

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2. Make 24 of these, leaving the bigger and better chocolates for the last parcel, and number them all using a marker.

3. Attach a long piece of string to a wall, between two sides of a door frame, or between two wooden beams and then tie each parcel’s long piece of string onto it, so the parcels dangle down.

Then let your chosen one open the first parcel!

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