Start the countdown to Christmas with this make your own wooden advent calendar. It’s an easy festive project for everyone to get involved with and so much fun finding little presents to open every day.
You Will Need
Step By Step
- First start by applying a layer of white acrylic paint inside and out on each drawer and the outer, remembering not to omit the back.
- When dry, check over with a fine sandpaper to get rid of any drips and rough edges. This needn’t take very long but it makes a big difference to the finished product.
- Decide on the colour for the drawers. We painted five green and ten red drawers which left ten white. Apply a further coat to the white drawers too. Allow to dry. Check for drips and sandpaper if required.
- Using different Christmas and textured rubber stamps, apply a background pattern to each one, using different coloured inks to provide variety. Take care not to place two with the same design next to each other (you may need to re-position them many times).
- Use a snowflake stamp with red ink to put a design around the sides and back of the outer to make the whole box look beautiful, not just the front.
- We used a combination of paper die cut shapes in different colours, wooden laser cut shapes (some painted), crystal rhinestones and punched shapes to decorate each drawer. You could also use felt, buttons, beads, fabric, pre-made embellishments or drawings of your own.The restricted colour range makes the overall effect uniform and helps give the calendar a Christmas feel.
- Check your designs do not sit too close to another similar design. Using an all purpose glue, stick each one only when you’re happy with the effect of all the drawers together.
- If you wish, you can use an acrylic varnish to help protect your work so it can be used each Christmas for years to come.
Now, what to put in it? We suggest you take a look at The Works for inspiration, there are loads of lovely items available that you can wrap as tiny gifts.