I used to buy the chocolate advent calendars but I never liked the waxy chocolate much. Ok, I didn't like it at all and the good chocolate ones were quite out of my price range. So I got it together and made an advent calendar that I could stuff with chocolate I did like.
It was about 15 years ago that I made the one on the right. It was a painstaking sewing project but the pockets held icy squares perfectly. They still do though last year's calendar got stuffed full of this 'n that candy. I hang some battery operated star lights off the dowel at the top and I'm a happy girl.
Then other people (and beloved pets) entered my life and more advent calendars needed to be made. Last year, I made 2 that light from the back and can be stuffed full of yummy stuff for a person and for fur babies. The picture doesn't do them justice. They are quite fun looking and really very pretty when lit up on the wall.
When my son saw the handmade advent calendars, getting a store bought chocolate one was out of the question. He wanted a handmade one too! So I invented the candy advent calendar from a garland and some ribbon for him and placed it around the kitchen door frame. I had the garland going all the way around at first and then saw what the cat and dogs were doing to it so I shortened it. My son still needs a chair to get to all the bags but there's something cute about seeing him in his jammies, standing up on a chair to pluck out a candy. His friends called it 'awesmazing' when they saw it and I think it may have inspired a couple of parents to make one too. The supplies are readily available (and inexpensive) and it really is a simple project.
If I have some time, I will post a tutorial for the other advent calendars but I thought the candy garland one would be a nice diy project that everybody has time to do. So start your decorating for December 1st with this easy DIY candy advent calendar. Tutorial Here