I’ve always loved having an advent calendar to help me get into the holiday spirit. I adore that it counts down to Christmas day and inadvertently reminds me how many shopping days are left. But more importantly, I love a hefty infusion of holiday sparkle through chocolate. However, the store-bought variety left me wondering how I’m supposed to build a proper “winter coat” and joyous mindset with teensy slivers of waxy chocolate.
By making an advent calendar with festive star-shaped and silver-accented paper pouches, I can enjoy a daily holiday-inspired taste of the deliciously rich treats and shiny trinkets that this season is all about. I enclosed French caramels, gray sea salt chocolates and peppermint taffy along with shiny baubles in each daily star, making sure there was enough to share in every pouch. This year’s advent calendar will plump up my winter coat and increase our household holiday cheer in no time :) — Brenna
Read the full how-to after the jump!
- brown postal or wrapping paper (or recycled grocery bags)
- silver thread
- sewing machine or needle and thread
- scissors or X-Acto knife
- silver paint marker
- excelsior or shredded paper
- small treats and trinkets
- pine bough
1. Fold a large section of the brown paper in half.
2. Using your treat as a size guide, cut a star shape, either by eye or using a template, from the two layers of brown paper. Make sure it is big enough to enclose the treat with some breathing room. Cut as many double-layered stars as you’d like to attach to your pine bough.
3. Thread the sewing machine with the silver thread. Decide which point you would like to be at the top. With that point facing the top, write a number on the star with the silver paint marker.
4. Position your sewing machine needle at the top point of the star. Pull about 12 inches of extra thread to start.
5. Using a wide zigzag stitch, sew along the edges of the paper star, letting one side of the zigzag travel off the paper so that the needle does not puncture the cut edge of the paper.
6. Sew around the edges of the star until you reach the last two open sides. Insert a small amount of the excelsior or shredded paper and the treat.
7. Pinch closed and continue sewing shut. Pull about 12 inches of thread before cutting. This gives you some thread to hang the star from the bough.
8. Tie one end of twine to each end of the pine bough.
9. Tie the stars to the pine bough using the excess silver thread and earnestly try not to tear open more than one a day!