Style/Craft: Our advent tree

 
Our advent tree
Our advent tree

We were given this little Christmas tree as a teeny tiny sapling,  little more than a stick with roots, when we took Rufus to see Father Christmas when he was just six months old. I stuck it in a pot and didn't think much more about it. And now it's a little old tree. Not the most shapely or the most perfect Christmas tree around, but it's ours and this year I wanted to make it part of our Christmas.

Our advent tree
Our advent tree

Rufus has been asking me to put lights on it and decorate it for the last three years, and I never got round to it. But this year I've turned it into an advent tree - just for him and Laurie.

Our advent tree
Our advent tree
Our advent tree
Our advent tree
Our advent tree
Our advent tree

I've strung it with lights and a star garland that I made by sewing together stars I stamped out of white card using a craft punch. I hung little red and white jingle bells onto the branches and filled mini red and white houses and little striped paper bags with all sorts of  treats. Chocolates, sweets, badges and mini decorations. Each box or bag has a little number on a tag to be hunted out by little hands.

Our advent tree
Our advent tree

It looks so sweet and simple. Perfect for two very excited little boys. It's hidden away until next week and I can't wait for them to see it.

Our advent tree
Our advent tree

How do you count down to Christmas? I'd love to hear all your ideas.

Mini house boxes and paper bags both Pipii, jingle bells Hobbycraft