House-of-Fraser-DIY-Advent-Calendar-1This festive season I am delighted to partner with House of Fraser to share my tips for fun, colourful and stylish DIY Christmas decorating ideas across their digital, in-store and catalog. I’m actually not what I would consider a ‘crafter’ but there’s something about Christmas that brings out the DIY side of me. In fact, Christmas has had this affect on me since I was a young child when I would be allowed to decorate our family home with my crafts. I would gather pine cones and berries from the woods by our house, spraying them silver and gold before stringing them from ribbons twisted with fresh foliage. Click through after the jump to see a super simple and stylish idea for making your own advent calendar.

House-of-Fraser-DIY-Advent-Calendar-1aHere I am in full swing on set of the video! We filmed this advent calendar DIY towards the end of the summer in a super cool London studio. My aim was to create a DIY that would be fun to do one weekend with all the family: this one is great to get the kids involved. The best part? It will still look stylish! It’s also a fun way to use up extra decorations, or even create a tree-like decoration in a small apartment where a tree might not be possible.House-of-Fraser-DIY-Advent-Calendar-2Here’s the four steps to a #MakeYouSmileStyle Christmas advent calendar:
1. Wrap individual mini-advent treats in a variety of wrapping paper and ribbon, or place sweets into little paper bags and tie in place with fine wrapping ribbon.
2. Personalise to your tastes, for example use wooden scrabble tiles, ribbon, buttons or beads all available from craft suppliers.
3. Hang from a coatrack, or attach pegs to a wall using non-marking stickers – Command 3M are great for this.
4. Intersperse with Christmas decorations for a fabulous festive feature to last all of December.House-of-Fraser-DIY-Advent-Calendar-3See me doing the DIY in the video below and be sure to let me know how what DIY decorations you love to make. Happy crafting, folks!

// Photography by House of Fraser, used with permission. Posted in collaboration with HOF, all views my own.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Another winning post. The video was beautifully shot as well. Congrats!

  2. Nice job mr BB! Thanks for suggesting to use Command 3M, brilliant thinking!

  3. You are so creative Will. Thanks for sharing this fun idea with us all!

  4. I think I’m the only blogger in existence without and Advent Calendar. Ha! Super cute video. Excellent song choice. 🙂

    xo Michael

  5. What a fantastic idea – it looks fabulous! I’d be thrilled if someone made one of these for me.

  6. Such a fabulous video and great job on the Advent Calendar! I copied the url in my diary for november 2016, so I won’t forget to make one next year 🙂

  7. You make even an Italian wanting an advent calendar! Italians don’t have the tradition of advent calendars, even if you start seeing them in shops.

  8. I am afraid it is brown kraft paper bags with printed numbers for me this year. Somehow it looks quite cool and kids only care about what is inside anyway:) Oh well.
    I am taking notes for the next year though. Thanks Will for great tutorial.


  9. Its a cute calendar! I have a calendar/tree in our house. Its the first time in 16 years without a tree :'(
    Sorry for my bad english…
    You blog is padrisimo!!

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.