Soooooo, it’s a little late for an advent calendar. To be exact, it’s twelve days late, and instead of getting upset at myself for letting yet another year trundle by without a little more pre-planning, I decided to make a Twelve Days of Christmas Tree instead.
This is such a fun DIY, so, so cheap (about $5 not including the gift-wrap), and makes a big impact for about ten minutes of work! I’d say that’s the perfect do-it-yourself project for me.
DIY Twelve Days of Christmas Tree
- Find a strong branch: probably the most important part of this DIY, don’t just shove flimsy sticks into a jar, for a big impact you’ll need a fairly substantial limb with lots of thin branches. This guy came from a grapefruit tree in my backyard but pretty much any sort of tree would work. I think if you could find a birch tree, those branches would be absolutely beautiful and very season-appropriate with it’s white bark. And of course, nature is free!
- Fill a vase full of miniature Christmas balls. I used plastic balls for this project, they’re much cheaper (about $2.00 for a case of 25) and also won’t break very easily. The vase was a $3.00 find, I’ve actually seen some smaller versions at the Dollar Store, but Wal-mart and Big Lots have them too.
- Wrap your gifts, add numbered labels from 1 to 12, and hang the little presents on the tree with a hook, just like decorating a Christmas tree. And that’s it!
Wrapping the gifts is probably the most fun. Pick small, light things so you don’t weigh down your tree too much: candies, small toys, lip-gloss, nail-polish, or even gift-cards would be perfect. I couldn’t find gift-wrap I liked that matched so instead, I just picked out some scrapbook papers that looked cute together:
These papers were actually way cheaper than gift-wrap, and they’re the perfect size for small gifts. Then, I hand-printed numbers on some card-stock, punched a hole in them, and tied them on with assorted, left-over ribbons and twine from last Christmas:
Every year, four of my favorite ladies and I get together for our annual Christmas party. This year, we’re cutting back a bit and only giving each other small things. No matter if you all agree on it or not though, little boxes are always a little disappointing. Hanging all the gifts on this tree though is a perfect way to make little gifts look absolutely fabulous. I’m planning on giving each of them three little gifts, but this would be fun to do just for one person and have them open one gift for the last twelve days leading up to Christmas.
Isn’t it adorable? Even though I got inspired to do this tree because I was lazy and didn’t pre-plan for a real advent tree, when I finished it I decided this might be a new tradition. Besides, it’s soooo much easier to find twelve gifts than it is to find twenty-four! Hope you’re inspired-
– <3 A.