A sim­ple make... CHRIST­MAS COUNT­DOWN

Mini buck­ets hung to­gether that are filled with small gifts and sweet treats cre­ate a jolly and orig­i­nal ad­vent cal­en­dar that can be used ev­ery year

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1 Gather to­gether 24 or 25 mini buck­ets, which are avail­able from Hob­by­craft (hob­by­craft.co.uk).

2 Cut squares of pa­per, plain or pat­terned – enough for the num­ber of buck­ets you have – and add a num­ber to each piece. Use a pen to write out the num­bers free­hand; al­ter­na­tively, use a sten­cil or num­bered stamps. Stick in place on the front of each bucket us­ing tape or strong glue.

3 Cut out small pieces of dec­o­ra­tive fab­ric or pa­per us­ing pink­ing shears, to push in­side each bucket to help hide the treat. En­sure the piece of fab­ric or pa­per gath­ers at the top, higher than the rim of the bucket.

4 Tie the bucket han­dles in a ran­dom or­der to a length of rib­bon at reg­u­lar intervals. For a sim­i­lar ging­ham de­sign, try Jane Means (jane­means.com). The length of your rows can be tai­lored to suit the area where you wish to hang them – the rows shown here each hold three buck­ets.

5 Hang in place and add a gift to each bucket.

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