DIY and Crafts

How to make Erena Te Paa’s garden seed advent calendar

You could be mistaken for thinking this is an artwork. In fact, it’s an advent calendar that you can plant. Here’s how you can make your own

Stylist Erena Te Paa is known for her unforced but incredibly elegant modern style. Her home is her calling card – all natural ease and welcoming spaces. Your Home and Garden asked Erena to create a Christmas advent calendar using everyday found things she had lying around her home, the type of things you’re likely to have too. Here’s what she came up with.

The grow advent calendar

For this project, she enlisted some dowel from an old children’s coat rack and painted it white, then hung it over her fireplace with straps from the chairs in her lounge.

She filled packets of seeds in little brown envelopes, fashioned homemade luggage labels for the front and then attached dried flower and herb specimens using sticky tape, numbering them as she went.

Then, she tied the envelopes with twine in three lines. The idea is for the children to plant them each day. By the end of the 24 days you’ll have a promising garden in the works.

Photography by: Frazer Findlater

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