Making A Seed Advent Calendar
Find out how I made a seed advent calendar
If you follow me on social media, you probably know that my hubby was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year. His isn't as straight forward as being type one or two, and it isn't being successfully controlled with medication, so he is on a zero sugar diet.
This means he can't have a chocolate advent calendar this year, and as he is the biggest kid in the house, I knew the lack of an advent calendar was making him grumpy.
I decided to think outside the box and create an advent calendar he'd love more than chocolate! Hubby has an allotment, so I thought that making him a seed advent calendar would be a cool idea.
I started by picking up a seed tin to serve as a holder for the 24 parcels, and also to make sure hubby had somewhere suitable to store the seeds. Hubby is a little OCD about organising things, so I knew the date dividers, pencil and seed cards would please him massively!
As I am clueless when it comes to the allotment, I got the team down at Bents Garden and Home to help me out. (Thanks guys!)
Between us, a staff member and I chose 24 different seed packs which can all be grown in Hubby's allotment - the plan being hubby can start them off in his greenhouse in the new year, ready to plant out once it's warm enough. Here's a sneaky peek of the seeds we opted for...
Bents have a massive seed range most of the year, but it's been downsized for the Christmas period. There was still a decent selection though, and we haven't got any duplicates! (There were loads more flower seeds we could have gone for, too)!
The good thing about selecting your seeds in-store is there's help available if (like me) you're clueless! There's also an amazing restaurant in Bents - the cream tea with a Cherry Scone is my favourite!
Once I was back home, I got my 4 year old daughter to help me wrap up the seeds ready to give the gift to hubby...
I went for 3 different colours of wrapping paper, but I think using brown paper (or even newspaper tied with string) would have looked brilliant as well. I have opted not to number the envelopes so it will be a bit of a "lucky dip" each day of Advent.
I popped some scrunched up tissue paper underneath the 24 seed packets for the purpose of the above photo - if I remove that, the box will close and the lid goes on fully for easy storage.
If you don't need to purchase a seed tin, you could always wrap up a box to present them in, or even hang the parcels on the wall as part of your christmas decorations?
I love that idea!
When we gave hubby his Seed advent calendar, he was absolutely gobsmacked. He said it was the most thoughtful gift he'd ever received. (Methinks the pressure is on now for him to find something equally as good for me)!
If you're looking for other Advent calendar ideas, you might want to take a look at my Christmas Book Advent blog post, too!