A literary inspired advent calendar

Sunday, December 1, 2013

This year’s advent calendar was inspired by a vintage copy of “A Charles Dickens Christmas” that I found at a thrift store in Laguna Beach, CA.  I loved the ivory colored pages with gray and red illustrations and I essentially wallpapered a small narrow wall in the front of our house with a mirror which by lucky coincidence was the perfect size for 24 small bags.

I love to use office and school supplies along with things we already own, so this came together quite easily and for a total cost of about $20.  The most time consuming part was attaching the book pages to the wall.  Here’s how I did it and what I used:

A vintage copy of “A Charles Dickens Christmas” found at a thrift store for .50 cents
Two packages of muslin favor bags which I stenciled numbers 1 – 24
Martha Stewart number stencils
small brush and paint
2 packages of  Tacky Dot Singles to hang book pages without harming wall
mirror – I found mine which is perfect in size (approx. 15 x 29) for $25 at the Rose bowl Flea Market,  but a chalkboard would work well too.

I always get emails asking what kind of gifts I put in each little bag.  Since this advent calendar was inspired by a book, it would make a lot of sense to wrap up 24 books and inside each bag put a little clue or a note as to the title of the book and where they might find it hidden somewhere in the house.  Sort of like a treasure hunt for a Christmas book. …since these are really tiny and my kids are older, I decided this year I would make it about experiences.  This would actually work well at all ages.  On one I put “dinner at Patsy’s” and on another, “tickets to a Nets game”….


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