I have been promising myself for a few years now to make a homemade advent calendar for the kids but every time Christmas came around it just seemed a bit too much of a stretch on the finances and time. However, this year is our first vegan Christmas and since we won’t be buying the usual chocolate advent calendar it seemed a great time to start this new tradition.
I knew I wanted it to have a natural look (apart from all of the glittery presents!) and so we decided to go on a nature walk to search out some extra large sticks to hang the goods and wares on. The kids had so much fun on our walk and we couldn’t believe our luck when we stumbled upon some tree debris and found our perfect sticks. (Make sure you never take any sticks or leaves that are still growing on trees. )
The next bit was the fun and challenging part of finding 24 little gifts for each of them that wouldn’t break the bank or spoil them too much. I found a selection of mini hessian bags, gift wrap and paper bags and adorned them with wooden numbers and festive faces that I found in Hobbycraft. I filled them with a selection of vegan chocolate coins, badges, mini bubbles, small gifts and envelopes filled with treasure hunts and suggestions of what festive treat we would be doing that day.
If you fancy making this advent calendar then you’ll need:
- Small gift bags
- Wrapping paper
- Long stick
- Numbers from 1-24
- Festive stick ons
- Glue gun (optional)
- Small gifts or ideas of things to do
I think you’ll agree how beautiful these look. They have become a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations. Every time they take a gift I shall replace it with a bauble so we can keep it looking lovely for the whole of advent. We made two of these and after seeing the kids faces I know this is another fantastic new tradition in our family to remind us of our very first vegan Christmas. Happy advent