Christmas Countdown – Day One

It’s that time again!  Have you eaten the first chocolate from your Advent Calendar yet? We are now on the final run down to the ‘Big Day’, and there is always so much to do, isn’t there? Last year’s Planet Penny Advent Calendar was lots of fun, a daily post with a craft, decoration or recipe.

This year I’ve rather less time available, alas, but I’m planning an Advent Calendar reprise, the Christmas Countdown – with added extras!

Everyday  I’ll be bringing you seasonal pictures, ideas and links which I hope will give some inspiration, and something to enjoy when you take a well earned break from the festivities!  Just click on the images below to find the source and instructions where available

I do like to add a little individuality to my gift wrapping, but it does mean some forward planning. Last year I utilised a large roll of lovely brown paper which is so much cheaper than the glossy printed variety.

I should imagine it’s much more ecologically friendly too.

Christmas Coundown Planet Penny Day 1

Planet Penny Advent Calendar – Day One

There’s masses of scope for imaginative decorations, and great fun if you get the children involved with cutting out and printing and the compulsory glue/ glitter combo!  And how about the good old potato print?

potato print

Can Do Kids Crafts

printed paper Christmas Countown Planet Penny Day 1

Paper Inspiration – Sidestreet Style

You could use old comics, colour supplements or magazines…

christmas countdown


Or raid your sewing basket.

Trader Joes Bags Christmas Countdown

Trader Joe’s Bags

This is a great way to uses your odds and ends of Planet Penny Cotton!

More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Last Minute Knitted Gifts – Joelle Hoverson

I do love a pompom!


…and these are so simple, but very stylish.

Wrapping - Christmas Countdown Planet Penny

Eden Rose

I hope you enjoy the links and they inspire the imagination.

I’m linking up today with Handmade Harbour for Handmade Monday,  so do call over there for more inspirational links…

I’ll see you tomorrow!

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15 thoughts on “Christmas Countdown – Day One

  1. Judy

    Thankyou for the inspirational ideas, I also decided last year that brown paper rolls were much more economical and look much prettier with some lovely ribbon around. I have also found it much stronger when wrapping those awkward shaped gifts. I will be giving some of these ideas a try this year, so happy wrapping.

  2. Alison

    I think it is much more fun doing your own thing and recyclable. The foil type papers can not be recycled. Can’t wait to see what other treats are in store over the next few days.
    Thank you Penny.

  3. Teje

    Hi Penny! Wow, you have gathered here the most beautiful packets and fantastic ideas! Thank you for a great inspiration … do we have any potatoes?!
    Have a wonderful December! x Teje

  4. Jill Spain (@JillSpain)

    Lovely, lovely wrappings – thank you for sharing them with us. I always like brown paper ones because they show off the added embellishments which printed/patterned paper doesn’t. Hope you have a good week.

  5. freespiritdesigns

    So many fantastic ideas here, i feel inspired, thank you!

    I’m with you on the brown paper, i’d rather that with a few pretty embellishments than all the glitz and glitter any day 🙂 x

  6. Sophie

    How exciting is the Christmas period?! I just did a Christmas blog post ( about some Christmas decorations I made. Your wrapping ideas are lovely. Last year I wrapped a lot of mine in pages from an old book I bought at the charity shop. I must try and find some pictures… Sophie x

  7. B.J. Bradley

    Thank you for making me feel excited about Christmas I am now beginning to look forward to the festive season for the first time this year. So many good ideas to try and it’s only day 1

  8. Sue

    The flowers have gone from your background! (sigh) But the snow is very lovely.

    We like to use comics and brown bags as wrapping paper too. I like the yarn scrap idea very much! Thanks for all these great ideas.

  9. Womblingway

    I like the red and white wrapping and the yarn idea. Unfortunately hubby can’t get past the need for printed wrapping paper so I might try and combine the embellishments with some plainer paper when he’s not looking!

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