ParcelHero Advent Calendar for Oxfam

One lucky eBayer will be counting to Christmas in style this year with a totally unique advent calendar, created by some of the most imaginative craft bloggers from around the world. Forget flimsy paper doors – this calendar comes in individual hand-decorated boxes, each with a secret trinket concealed inside.

The auction has now closed. Thank you for all your amazing bids – the calendar raised £360 for Oxfam.

Turning the ordinary into the extraordinary

In October 24 plain wooden boxes arrived at ParcelHero® HQ and we set about shipping them to craft bloggers around the world, via our network of couriers, with one simple challenge – turn them into something spectacular.

The design brief was simple. The bloggers were given total creative freedom to decorate the boxes inside and outside. We just asked that they include a handcrafted gift inside.

Once all the boxes are complete we will collect them into a one-of-its-kind advent calendar, which you will have the chance to bid on on eBay from November 18.

And if that’s not enough to wet your Christmassy appetite, we’ve got a sneak peak of the first three boxes to be completed below…

An Ordinary Lovely

The Ordinary Lovely

Award winning blogger, Rachel Southern from the Ordinary Lovely crafted three gorgeous stars. She painted her box with dashes of periwinkle and navy paint set against gold, beige and white paint strokes. Inside the box you will discover three handmade star-shaped Christmas tree ornaments. Rachel used cheerful spotted ribbon to complete her creation. The “autumn-obsessed, interiors-loving mama to two cheeky boys” has delivered a truly special creation for Oxfam. We bet her cakes taste as good as her creations look! Check out her site for afternoon tea recipes or interior design inspiration.

Nostolgie Cat


Artist June Olsen used her “Scandinavian sensibilities” to bring her “penchant for mid-century design” to the brief. Her box features a geometric design with a touch of art deco, painted with pink and grey tones. A copper foil effect tops off the exterior with a rich autumnal glow. We think The Great Gatsby would approve of this design for Oxfam, old sport. Inside a handcrafted paper ornament would add a touch of origami to any Christmas tree.

Learn how to make your very own origami lampshade on her blog, the Nostalgiecat.

Sew Sweet

Sew Sweet Violet

Jooles Hill was from Sew Sweet Violet was one of the first bloggers to use fabric in her design. Her box features a luxurious blue velvet ribbon lining the sides. On top, a little fabric butterfly is resting in the centre. Inside the box, Jooles has placed an exquisitely crafted fabric bunting with the word, ‘Dream’ spelled out. Little butterflies decorate the bunting and the box is lined with more floral fabric inside. You can purchase your own bunting on Jooles’ Etsy store.

We think this design and Jooles’ new puppy are “sew sweet”!


What’s Next?

Every day more boxes are delivered to the delight of the office. We enjoy unwrapping the boxes (although we won’t be revealing the contents of all of them – you’ll have to buy the calendar to find that out!). You can follow the progress of our advent calendar online here on the blog, or through our ParcelHero® Twitter account. If you can’t wait, here’s a full list of all the bloggers who are busy crafting their own box for our advent calendar:

Craftest DummiesJennie MaizelsCraft BlogLunartikCider with SophieFairy Tale Pretty PictureWhere Wishes Come FromLipsticks and LashesStyled by CharlieBy Niels de JongOne Found SevenWallflower GirlThe Two DarlingsChirps from a Littered HenCanadian AbroadInside Out and AboutFizzy PeachesAngel Eden BlogLook at What I MadePablo IentileJessthetics, Patricia ConesaLinda DykesRachel SouthernJune Olsen and Jooles Hill

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