‘What on earth is a Pakkekalender’ I hear you cry! That was my first thought too! It’s actually a rather ingenious invention out of Denmark – not happy with simply exchanging gifts at Christmas time a Pakkekalender allows you to stretch that gorgeous warming excitement of wrapping and opening presents all through December. One present for every day leading up to christmas – each wrapped beautifully and hung together to create the ultimate advent calendar. I spent a gorgeous evening with tiger stores learning about and creating my very own.
You could make a Pakkekalender in all sorts of ways to fit your home, but I would start by selecting the 24 gifts (make them fairly small as you’re going to have to hag them later!) All of our gifts were already wrapped (HELLO a december FULL of surprises!) in pretty tissue paper with ribbons and sweet little brown bags – perfect for adding extra decoration.
You then need to create your base…
We picked up some great tips about creating the base for our gifts – you could use pieces of wood, coathangers and even a circular metal towel rail was bent into a beautiful spiral base! I opeted to working with wood and created a 3 level base using kebab skewers tied together with ribbon (each level was made up of 2 skewers to add strength). I then started adding embellishments – ribbons and pretty snowflake trim as I wanted it to burst with colour and texture. I was sitting next to the lovely Gemma who used the same materials to create a mobile style base which was really effective and eyecatching.
Finally you can move on to hanging those gifts: I used more matching ribbon, brown twine for that sweet rustic feel, and I added tiny numbered pegs so I knew when to open each gift (the most important element no?). I had such a fantastic evening making this – being surrounded by craft goodies from Tiger, really fun bloggers and time to just sit and craft is heaven to me 🙂
I can’t wait for December 1st so I can start opening – I’ve got a plan to add new ribbon each time I open a gift so it doesn’t end up looking too bare. I know sometimes we can get carried away with gift giving at Christmas but I think this is such a lovely idea to make as an alternative to the classic chocolate calendar. And if you didn’t want to go present mad you could fill each gift with a message, a challenge, a compliment even!
Did you know that we have an event with Tiger Stores on December 12th at the Book Club? Come and join us for our Big Christmas Wrap! bring a bag of presents, pick up some giftwrap tips and ideas and then wrap them all up with a huge stash of materials from Tiger, all to a fantastic cabaret backdrop – perfection right? You can book your tickets here
Have you ever made your own advent calendar?