There has been a lot of discussion on our Social Media channels over the past few weeks about making advent calendars chock full of fountain pen goodies. While there isn’t one all-encompassing product on our store you can purchase for this purpose, it does provide a good opportunity for some DIY crafting! Below we offer some step-by-step tips to make yourself a DIY advent calendar to countdown the holiday season with your favorite fountain pen products. Be sure to check out our ideas for items to stuff your calendar with as well!
Step 1: Make your pouches for stuffing
Take some Original Crown Mill Classic Laid Small Envelopes (or a similarly sturdy 6″x4″ sized envelope) and seal it up at the flap. Once it’s dry and sealed, you can cut it in half straight through the center of the long end. Each envelope will yield two pouches for your calendar. TIP: Use a cotton swab and water for sealing to save yourself some time and effort.
2) Number Your Envelopes
Have fun and get creative decorating your pouches with a number and some fun designs. Feel free to use a bunch of different inks to make it fun and colorful. You will need 24 total numbered pouches.
3) Punch a hole in the top of the envelopes and string them together
We recommend 3 sets of 8 pouches each so you have a full display of goodies but feel free to arrange them as you like best. You can display your calendar on a wall or lay them out on a table or desk.
4) Stuff your pouches
You can use ink samples, candy, fountain pen accessories, cartridges, small pocket sized notebooks or pens, sealing wax and brass seals or even new replacement nibs for your pens! We cannot guarentee that ink samples won’t be duplicated if you order multiple Surprise Me! Random Ink Sample sets, but our Team Favorites or Packages by Theme are a great way to get an assortment of inks. If you would like some suggestions on what to stuff your envelopes with or would like to plan out your month ahead of time, be sure to check out our templates below! Feel free to download them and use them as you wish.
Have you ever made your own Advent calendar? Share pictures with us in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team