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3 grown-up takes on the advent calendar

13 November 2016

We admit it, we’ve never quite outgrown our love for a fun Advent calendar. But we’ve decided to forego the usual chocolates for a few off-beat alternatives that are perfect for adults (and sure, kids too).

Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop. Pens and paper stars with notes written on them sit on a tabletop.

1. sweet somethings

Start your loved one’s day off right with a cute compliment or a promise something good to come (like a drink for two or a clue to find a small gift) on a decorative star. We decorated a hula hoop with greenery and a string of lights, and hung the numbered paper stars.

Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop. Paper stars hang from a decorated hula hoop.
An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall An interior designer hangs a decorated hula hoop on the wall
A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star. A woman writes a holiday wish on a paper star.
A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling.

2. a string of gifts

Festive and decorative, use this calendar if you’ve got small gifts to give each day. First use some curtain-lenght fabric (we used an actual curtain), sew it into a long tube, and number it 1 to 24. Then ball each gift in paper, tying each one in the sleeve, and secure it with a ribbon or string.

A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers. A piece of fabric is being paited with numbers.
Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar. Gifts are placed inside a fabric advent calendar.
A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling. A decorative Advent calendar hangs from the ceiling.

3. set the table

Give the tastiest gift of all, and have your favourite folks unwrap their way to a complete table setting. Give plates, bowls and cutlery you know they’ll love, and wrap them in colorful, contrasting paper, numbering each day. On the last day, treat them to their favourite holiday meal.

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An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware. An interior designer numbers each wrapped piece of dinnerware.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Lina Aldén
Digital designer: Cecilia Zabala
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Micke Persson / Sandra Werud
Editor: Linda Harkell