15.11.11

Tuesday Tip: DIY Mini Advent Calendar

This ADORABLE festive craft project was inspired by these little chewing gum advent calendars I've seen around. Turns out it's a beyotch trying to get blister packs of gum in Canterbury so I had a little brainwave and decided that those yummy Bassets jelly vitamins would be an equally cute - and healthier - alternative to blister-pack gum. I bought some of their Vitamin C jellies - suitable for all ages - to help the boyfriend (my guinea pig for this tip) stave off man flu winter colds.  





Here's how it's done:

   
- Chop the bottom row of sweets off so you have 24 in total

- Place one sheet of sweets at the top of the box and chop off the surplus section of box - keep the very bottom of the box to tape back on!

- Tape the bottom of the box back on and DECORATE!! You can cover it in festive wrapping paper, or if you're feeling creative, personalise the design a bit more.

Using a Poundland card-making set, I made a christmas tree with glittery decorations and festive bunting on the other side! If you're crap at cutting shapes symmetrically, don't forget the old paper-folding trick


- Time for the best bit! Decorate the sweetie side with little festive drawings/sparkly confetti/anything you like, I'm not the boss of you! Draw numbers 1-24 on the back! You can do it sequentially or randomly to make it more fun. 


And you're done! It's one of those projects you can really make your own. You can do it in an hour or you can make a whole night of it, like I did last night! It's perfect for boyfriends, friends, children, and is a really cute project to add some fun to the festive countdown! 

Personalising your christmas will be a big theme on this blog over the next few weeks so do check back! :)

Do you have any cute christmas projects you want to try? 

Let me know what you thought of this idea! 

<3

43 comments:

  1. Love it! The idea of using vitamins is fantastic for warding of colds!
    xx

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  2. Gorgeous! So excited for Christmas right now, waaaah! xxx

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  3. OMG this is AMAZING I need to do this! :) xx

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  4. I never thought of using vitamins! I take three different types of the bassetts Vitamins (ahem SWEETIES) a day but the it's a pain in the arse to get the boyfriend to take them. Maybe this is the answer! Thank you again Gem! xx

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  5. love this and it is def. getting me in the festive mood! x

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  6. What an awesome idea! So cute + adaptable!

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  7. I love the fact that this might actually encourage me to take my vitamins every morning. Somehow I never forget to open the little window on my advent calendar that's hiding a piece of chocolate...

    Sorcha x
    Bonfire Brunette

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  8. This is brilliant, I'm definitely thinking of making one for my housemate now as we've decided to not do 'proper' presents! I wonder what else you could use instead of Bassetts?! Will have to have a look! xxx

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  9. Aww that's such a good idea :)
    Love this! x

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  10. This is so cute. And those vitamins/sweets are so nice..I know they're meant for kids..haha x

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  11. Haha, this is brilliant! Would never have thought of this. Good one, you.

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  12. haha so funny !!! :) I need to do one for my boyfriend !!

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  13. Love this, can't wait to see your other christmas tips xx

    http://princesspancake.blogspot.com/

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  14. This is a brilliant idea! My other half is consistently plagued with man flu so this is absolutely perfect. x

    http://natallino.blogspot.com

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  15. Great idea, would be fab for encouraging kids to take their vitamins! Looking forward to seeing more of your festive tuesday tips! x

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  16. haha this is so cute! love it :P made me laugh too xxx

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  17. oh my gosh I love this so much - such a cute and fun idea!
    i would be naughty and probs use some kind of sweets instead but I think the vitamin idea is really good, espesh for man flu!!
    take care <3 Holz oxo

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  18. I LOVE this!!!! Not only is it adorable, but it's thoughtful...who would have been so considerate to use vitamins?!?!

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  19. how lovely! i think i should do this with vitamins for my boy too, he's currently dying in bed of tonsilitus :/

    xoxo.

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  20. This is really cute. I think i need to make one of these for myself. My mum buys me these and I start eating them for a week and then i forget. (oops). xxx

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  21. Aww this is adorable!! So excited for Christmas :)

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  22. So cute! I'm thinking of making on of these for my little sister, or even a cheap beauty one for blog giveaway over the next week or so...
    Thanks for the tips!
    Love
    gabriellasofia
    x

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  23. such a great idea! thanks for sharing, love your blog :) xx

    www.ahitofsarah.net

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  24. This is a fab idea :) Thanks for sharing! xxxx

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  25. Aw I love bassets soft and chewy vitamins though I cant just stick to one a day as they are too yummy.

    Aw you should have come it was jam packed with bloggers aswell, I didnt even get to speak with everyone I wanted too! I know Katie! In Medway haha that would actually be quite funny Id be up for it defo. x

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  26. What a sweet idea! Nice alternative to a choccy advent calendar! Although I'm not sure I could part with my Dairy Milk one. (thanks Mum!) So cute how you've decorated them too :)

    http://www.spiralandstatic.blogspot.com/

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  27. Wow that's a great tip! Love the vitamins :) will definitely be trying that xx

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  28. I am sooooooo doing this for my bf!!! Fab idea! Thanks! xxx

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  29. I need to do this for my boyfriend he gets the silliest man flu at christmas, this will stop all the moaning x

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  30. N'awhh! I think this is the cutest DIY i've ever seen. x hivenn

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  31. Eeeee this is so, SO cute, great job Gem!

    xoxo

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  32. This is super cute! Love the idea!
    Its got me inspired to get creative!!

    http://goldielondon.blogspot.com/2011/11/gracing-rooftops.html

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  33. I have had mine ready to go for days now and no cold! Maybe this is the cure?

    Eilidh

    nostalgiance.blogspot.com

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  34. This is so cute! I saw it the other day, and finally got round to making my own :D

    I basically copied everything you did :P Can't wait for my Tuesday Christmas Tips, I'm planning a very home made Christmas!

    http://lisamello.blogspot.com/2011/11/creative-mini-advent-calender.html

    Lisamello xx

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  35. I loved this idea when I first saw it and made it the other day! I linked to you and practically copied everything, but thought I had posted a link here, guess I didn't oops!

    Here's my post if you're interested.

    http://lisamello.blogspot.com/2011/11/creative-mini-advent-calender.html

    and just want to say again, I love all your Tuesday Tips! and your blog too of course ^_^

    Lisamello xx

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  36. I just made some of these for my sisters and brother, they are gunna think im mental but im sure they'll love it too! I bought myself a packet of these too so hopefully there wont be many colds in my house this christmas!
    Thanks for such a cute and different idea :) xx

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