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A fun and colourful advent calendar DIY.

Hello! First of all, can you believe that it’s only 3 more weeks till December?

Since time is flying by, I thought it would probably be fun to make something in anticipation of the Christmas countdown, hence my advent calendar DIY. I’ve decided to fill my advent calendar with indulgent Green & Black’s chocolates. Green & Black’s chocolates are simply a treat because they are smooth, velvety and delicious.

This year, they have given their Organic Miniature Bar collection and Organic Milk Miniature Bar Collection a new look.

Each box contain twelve 15g miniature bars with numerous flavours, from Sea Salt to Butterscotch and fiery ginger.

As you can see wrapped up for Day 25 is one of the Miniature Bar collection boxes. If you fancy gifting a bigger box, then there’s another option.

Feast your eyes on Green & Black’s Organic Tasting collection (on my desk above). It contains a perfectly indulgent collection of chocolate flavours from all over the world I thought it would be fun to show you how I’ve created the advent calendars.

1 : Cut festive gift wrap paper into 17x17cm squares

2 : Fold the paper with a slight 2cm overlap.

3 : Tape the edges together  4 : Fold one side up by around 2 cm to create the base of the bag. Open up the base folds by creating 2 triangles on either side.  5 : Fold the base edges together and secure with tape.  6 : Open up the bag by pushing out the base of the bag so that it can even stand on a flat surface. 7: Fill the bag with treats, and in my case, Green & Black’s miniature chocolates.

8: Fold top of bag over and seal with tape  9: punch a hole over top of bag and thread a ribbon through. I joined my ribbons together with double sided tape. 10: Print out some cards printed with numbers and stick it onto the advent bag with double sided tape.

So here it is!

What do you think? I’ve also used one of my old metal grid boards to hang the advent bags. Don’t they look pretty? I’m starting to get excited for Christmas. Will you be creating your own advent calendar this year?

It really seems like time is now rushing by doesn’t it?

At least I can reassure myself that I’ve done something in the run up to Christmas right? advent calendar diy Hope you’ve enjoyed the post.

Finally, I’m now tempted to go make myself a cup of tea and taste one of my Green & Black’s miniature chocolates. They are most certainly moreish.

( all DIY, styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This advent calendar project is part of a paid sponsorship project with Green & Black’s).

My Rainbow faux Christmas tree and baubles from Balsam Hill.

Can you believe it’s 2 more weeks till Christmas?

London has been magical with the snow today. I’m feeling so festive.

Around this time in December, we as a family, would go out to buy our real Christmas tree.

This year I’ve broken from tradition, as I have decided to get a large faux Christmas tree from Balsam Hill. Rainbow faux christmas tree Ta-dah! Here it is. It’s our very own Rainbow faux Christmas tree. rainbow faux christmas tree What do you think? Very bright and colourful right?   I’ve totally lost count on the number of baubles I had used. Aren’t these blue and purple Georgetown baubles just gorgeous? I must admit, I did feel a bit apprehensive about getting a large faux Christmas tree, but my worries were short lived, as I was totally impressed with how real it looked.

Our tree was a 7 feet Royal blue Spruce with candlelight LEDs. I am now a full faux tree convert, even though I do miss that wonderful scent of Christmas you get from a real tree. Here are more Georgetown baubles from Balsam Hill The colours of my Rainbow Christmas tree really complement my room decor don’t you think?

Gayle Mansfield kindly sent me those A3 sized prints on the wall. Aren’t they gorgeous? My Vitra Eames blanket on the sofa match the gold and burnt copper baubles on the tree. I’m so in love with these turquoise blue and gold Georgetown baubles too. Here’s another view. What do you think of the Lodge faux fur tree skirt in ivory? It reminds me of snow and is so super soft. The tree was so easy to assemble and comes in 3 parts, making it light to carry up and down the stairs. Doesn’t that glow make you feel warm and cosy? So, would you consider a faux tree? I’m so pleased with my Rainbow faux Christmas tree. Now all I need to do is organise myself to wrap the gifts.

Talking about gifts, I’ll be posting my last minute Christmas gift guide on the blog this week. Can’t wait to show you.

( All photography and styling were done by myself. The tree and Georgetown baubles were a gift.)

Harbour-Print-1-Howkapow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell It’s Winter, it’s dark and it’s cold outside, but I never let that bother me. I have my very own Spring and Summer cheer indoors.

Pretty shades of blush with brass metal foil for instant warmth.

Thanks to Howkapow for sending me this wonderful Harbour 1 print by Tom Pigeon. Pastel-colour-prints-Howkapow-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell But wait! There is Harbour 2 print too, in sweet shades of peppermint, charcoal and brass foil. These two prints sit so well together.

They perfectly match all I have at home. I feel so happy looking at this. Does it make you happy too? How-to-decorate-with-pastels-Little-Big-Bell Now for the wonderful news.

Howkapow, in true Christmas spirit, has kindly offered to give one of my readers a print of their choice.

All you have to do is comment on the post and tell us which print you love and why? Harbour 1 print in coral or Harbour 2 print in mint?

Winners will be selected on Sunday 13th December, announced at the end of this post and notified by email. Howkapow will then send out the winner’s print of choice. This is open to UK residents only. Howkapow-print-style-and-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell If I were you, I would grab these prints now because they are gorgeous and may sell out soon in the Christmas rush. Pastel-pink-coral-and-gold-print-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Pastels are definitely on trend and I know for a fact, there will be an explosion of these colours in the new season, so stay ahead of the game as you refresh your home for the holiday season. Tom-Pigeon-gold-foil-prints-at-Howkapow-styled-by-Little-Big-Bell I could look at these colours all day but I need to get that Christmas shopping done.

Howkapow is where I’ll be looking! The colourful products they stock are so unique and stunning. These prints are but the tip of the iceberg of loveliness from their site. Perfect for the Little Big Bell household. Pink-and-blue-pastel-prints-Tom-Pigeon-Howkapow-photo-by-Little-Big-Bell Good luck all in the giveaway and thank you Howkapow for the fantastic Christmas gift. Do take a peek at their website and instagram and support small independent businesses this Christmas.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

(All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. All opinions my own. This is a collaboration with Howkapow.)

Thank you all for participating and commenting. THE WINNER has been chosen. Congratulations to Stacey Sheppard!

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