It’s one month to Christmas Eve and my mind has been turning to advent calendars. I always seem to end up panic organising these at the very end of November (or worse yet, buying small advent calendar fillers a day or two ahead throughout December, one step ahead of the sher-elf) so this year I decided that I would be organised and make sure that I had things ready in advance.
Behold, my book advent calendar.
Now I know that this might look a little excessive, but advent calendars have become big business in recent years, so I’ll sometimes buy a beer or beauty advent calendar as a gift for a relative who is very into a particular hobby, so I thought, why not a book advent calendar? While I’m sure that you can buy a book advent calendar, making your own book advent calendar allows you to tailor it to the recipient’s genre preference, for example, a crime fiction advent calendar, young adult fiction advent calendar or romantic fiction advent calendar… the ideas are endless while buying the books second-hand saves a lot of money while making it a gift for your friend and giving a nod to worthy charities at Christmas.
For my advent calendar, I scoured a local charity shops to find recent fiction paperbacks and on average these cost me 50p each, so you can easily buy the books for under £15 if you hunt around for bargains. The brown paper was inexpensive, and you could use string instead of ribbon, or do as I did and buy a large roll of cheap organza ribbon that can be used for the rest of your Christmas wrapping.
You will need:
24 books, wrapping paper, ribbon or string, coloured markers, decorations.
How to make it:
- Wrap the books (tip, pre-cutting the paper makes this faster)
- When the books are wrapped, try out different stacking formations until you are happy with your design.
- Once you’re happy with your final design, number the books with a coloured marker so that you can remember their final position in the stack.
- Once the books are numbered, take the stack apart and decorate them with any string, ribbon or embellishments that you want to add.
- Restack the books.
- Go wild with the Christmas decorations, have a cookie and a cup of tea.
NB. This is to make a 24 book advent calendar but you could easily customize this for a different time period, or do the twelve days of Christmas instead.