Advent calendar

It’s 6 November and all the shops are filled with Christmas goodies. I can’t believe the year is already coming to an end.  So we probably have to start with our Christmas decorations and advent calendars before it’s too late.

Cold Clay Stars
I have made a cute advent calendar that is so easy to make and it looks beautiful to hang on the fireplace, or to use the natural twine against a wall and hang them all on there.
I love making advent calendars it’s such a special build up to Christmas of loved ones.  I put in a little verse or write something special in each day’s parcel with a chocolate.
Start Advent
An advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas.  The days often overlap with the Christian season of Advent.  Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3.  Usually there are 24, one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day.  One is opened every day leading up to Christmas.  The  calendar can reveal an image, poem a portion of a story (such as the story of the Nativity of Jesus) or a small gift, such as a toy or a chocolate item.  Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.
For this calendar I used 
24 white paper bags
10 m Natural Twine
300g Air dry clay
Number stamps
a star cookie cutter
Kebab skewer
Rolling pin
Firstly I rolled out the air dry clay so that it is about 2 mm thick.  I then stamped the number on the clay and cut it out with the star cookie cutter.  For the hole to thread the twine through I used a skewer.
Wait at least 24 hours for the clay to dry before threading the stars.
Then you can put your card or chocolate or what ever you wish in the bag, fold it in four and wrap it with the natural twine.  Then thread the start through.
Remember to keep the one piece of the twine long enough to hang it up with.
Enjoy making these for special people in your life.