As I’m sure many of you are already very aware, I have the most teeny tiny obsession with Tiger Stores… OK so maybe a MASSIVE obsession!
From constantly shopping around their stores on my lunch hour, and taking in every single different product with a cheerful ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhhh’ , I can’t help but get drawn in by all of their super cute craft supplies, especially now all of the Christmas stock has hit the UK stores over the past few weeks!
You can only imagine how over the moon I was when I returned home from the longest day at work and checked my emails to find that Elle, the Social Media and PR Manager of Tiger Stores had contacted me asking if I would like to join her and a few other of her ‘favourite bloggers’ to attend a crafty workshop to make a Pakkekalender.
Needless to say for the following 2 weeks I was so excited and eagerly waiting to get my hands buried in all of the crafty goodness… and researching some Pakkekalender inspiration!
A Pakkekalender is a Danish tradition, pretty much like a giant advent calendar but with presents instead of chocolate. The concept is to wrap up 24 different presents, one for every day leading up to Christmas, then display them however you wish in a creative and quirky way. This was SO up my street, of course I couldn’t resist the chance of making one of these!
I arrived in London, then got on the Underground to Liverpool Street to reach the Tiger Stores in Old Spitalfields Market. We were greeted instantly with a huge smile and welcoming hand from the lovely Elle, and took our seats with our present packages all set up for us ready to craft.
There was also a lot of tasty Tiger Store treats, including Iced Gems, Pretzels and Caramal Wafers… YUM!
We were shown some examples of previously made Pakkekalenders and were all instantly inspired and ready to go! Out came the stickers, ribbons and gift tags, then even more bows, embellishments and wrapping paper… it got very messy, very quickly!
With just an hour to make our Pakkekalender’s, it became obvious that none of us would be finishing on time – with our added minutes of chitter chatter and scoffing our faces with pretzels!
We were given supplies to complete our Pakkekalenders at home, I couldn’t wait to get it back and finally make it complete!
Unfortunately with an over-crowded underground ride and a further 90 minute train journey back to Brighton, my poor Pakkekalender was looking slightly worse for wear when I returned home… luckily the frame had stayed in tact so with a few minor tweaks and untangling of the presents meant I could start again, adding them individually.
I loved seeing the process of it all coming together, each present I added to the structure made it even more exciting and colourful!
Finally, my Pakkekalender was complete, and hanging safely away from any risk of damage – Including my cat who seemed to take a likeliness to the ribbons and twine!
Doesn’t it look fab! I can’t wait for December 1st to arrive so I can begin opening the gifts one by one!
A massive thank you to Elle and the team for inviting me to this wonderful workshop! It truly was a blast!
Yay for Christmas!