After seeing a lot of ideas for advent calendars during December, I came up with an idea for a great birthday present. Instead of making an advent calendar, I made a ‘birthday calendar’! Counting from 10 days before the birthday up to the big day itself, the birthday boy or girl can open one envelope each day with a little present inside.
First step to this original gift is making the envelopes. Of course you can just buy them, but it is so much more fun when you make some bright colored envelopes yourself! And it’s not even that hard. Buy some cute decorative card stock that is about 20x15 cm. For each envelope, combine two cute patterns and cut off a length of about 2-3 cm of one of the two pieces of paper. Next, fold the larger paper over the smaller one. Use a stapler to attach the bottom three sides of the two papers. Et voilà!
Now that you’ve got your beautiful envelopes, the next step is to start filling them! The idea is to put one little present in each one. I chose things like a bottle of nail polish, a body scrub, a photo collage, some sweets etc. (you can guess it was a birthday girl J). Once all the envelopes are filled, simply seal them with decorative duct tape.
Do not forget to label every envelope with the date, so that the birthday boy or girl knows which to open every day! I also added a note, explaining the idea to the birthday girl.
The final step is to gather them all in a beautiful box and you’re done!