Hey there Teacup! I’m back today with something a little bit different from what I would normally post as today I’m starting a new series by the name of Let’s Get Craftea. For the first post of this series I’m going to be sharing my D.I.Y Advent Calendar ”tutorial” with you all. I’ve been wanting to do this post for a good few years now but just never gotten round to buying the materials and actually putting an advent calendar together. I was simply going to post this as a stand alone tutorial and not start another new series on my blog but I thought that this series would be a good way to inspire myself to be more creative in 2020.
As you will all know if you’ve been reading my blog for a while or you follow me on Instagram I’m currently on a tea buying ban and I’m doing my best to sip down the teas I already have before adding new ones to my ”Stash”. So, I thought what better way to use up some teas I already have than putting them into a tea advent calendar and forcing myself to focus on those teas and sip them down during the month of December. Since I already had the teas all I needed to do to get the advent calendar started was purchase the materials to make it which all in all cost me £4 which is a damn sight cheaper than most tea advent calendars out there right now.
I had been inspired by some other D.I.Y Calendars on Pinterest to use small brown envelops for my advent and then number them with stickers or something like that and while browsing eBay for those materials I came across this Hanging Advent Calander Kit and it was exactly what I had been looking for. This however with it’s foil gold numbering was much better than anything I could have done after all I was just going to use stickers and I would have had no idea how to do foil numbering. Maybe by this time next year through doing little crafts for this series I’ll have learned to how to do it, though you never know. The kit itself is really simple containing just small numbered brown envelopes, mini pegs and brown string. Gold goes with all the classic Christmas colours so it would fit into any kind of festive décor perfectly. The reason that this has cost me so little in total to make is because all the tea that I am using for it was already a part of my stash. In fact most of the teas and tisanes I’m using were actually gifted to me by two friends (one based in the UK and one on Australia) and a lot of them I actually haven’t tried before so when I open the envelopes throughout December I’ll be trying a tea that is brand new to me each and every day. So that the order is a complete surprise to me I asked my fiancé to go through all the sample bags and put them into the envelopes because there would be no point in me doing it myself would there.
If you’re going to put one of these together for yourself I suggest buying envelopes that are a little bit bigger than the bags you have for the teas so there is no chance the envelopes could rip. While this kit was handy for me the envelopes at only just big enough for me to fit the samples into and I’m a little bit worried that the envelopes will only last me a year. If they do end up damaged by the end of the year I may invest in some re-useable numbered bags that will last me long and would probably be a little more eco friendly as well.
I chose to display my tea advent calendar on the fireplace but the string is really long so I could definitely be cut into two and displayed in two lines and hung on the wall. I’m just not very tall and I know if I were to have put it up on a wall that I would have had to ask for help each morning when I want to get a tea down and I just didn’t was to be that much of a pain in the neck. Luckily tea isn’t very heavy so I was just able to attach my calendar to the fireplace using sticky tape and it held up really well even when all the envelopes were full. This was so simple for me to put together and I’m really glad that I gave it a go this year and I was able to put it together for such a small cost and not break my tea buying ban.
This will definitely be something I do every year now and each year I do it I really hope that I can make it better with every year that goes by as I get better at some other crafts and I can put a little bit more effort into it. I’ll make sure that around this time each year I’ll do a post just like this one and update you all on how it changes over the year. If you have any questions at all either stick them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter/Instagram @teaisawishblog and I’ll answer them all as soon as I can. Also if you happen to have any tips for me let me know.
Speak to you all again soon. Happy Steeping – Kimberley