12 Days of Christmas crafts

I had started a whole bunch of Christmas craft projects when I realised there was no way I could fit it into my regular posting schedule. So for the first half of December we’ll take a break from the regular posts as I bring you the 12 Days of Christmas Crafts. Enjoy!

type drawer advent calendar

I had this antique type drawer lying around and thought the little compartments would make a perfect advent calendar. I printed out a bunch of numbers (increasing size as the day gets closer) in typefaces inspired by the chunky old moveable type that the drawer would have originally held. I made each number card slightly taller than the height of its compartment so that it would bend inside. I then hunted the house for other little bits and pieces – some Christmassy, some not – such as buttons, feathers and twine, that would complement the natural and red look.

type drawer advent calendar

You could go traditional and pop a wrapped lolly or chocolate behind each number. But I reckon an even better way to use it is to write a fun seasonal activity on the back of each card, such as ‘Put up tree’, ‘Make gingerbread’ or ‘Go and see Christmas lights’. You’ll get the whole family involved and make some special memories.


8 Responses

  • i LOVE advent calendars and this one is just gorgeous! i’m a sucker for putting gifts in them. I made these for my friends this year (an I’m so excited for them to start opening them tomorrow!):

    and I stuffed them with candy, tiny ornaments, vintage jewelry, and tasks, like “wear a pretty scarf” or “dress up for dinner.”


  • Jo

    Really fabulous Alicia..
    I love those old print draws anyway, but apart from tiny knick knacks.. not really my thing, it’s hard to know what to do with them..
    This is a great idea.
    Interesting too.. that you are counting up instead of down… but doesn’t it get confusing around the 11th or 12th ?? ;o)
    Jo xx

  • Thanks for the link, Britt, that’s a great idea!

    Yeah I am tossing up what to do with the drawer in its next incarnation. You’re right, perfect for tiny knick-knacks… which I hate!

    Oh, I thought all advent calendars counted down?! So kids stop asking ‘how many more sleeps to go?’. Maybe I’ve totally got that arse-about since I never actually had one growing up. I figure you’d remove the numbers each day so all you’d have to do would be find the biggest number. (Or if you have kids you could be really mean and say they don’t get the treat if they can’t do the maths).

  • really adorable and very cute blog!

  • Love it Alicia!

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