Saturday, 6 December 2014

Advent Calendar

I forgot to share this project with you in time for the 1st of the month, but better late than never! I don't mind admitting it was a rush to get done in time for advent- at 4pm on the 30th November I was frantically painting, cutting and sticking like a mad woman! I am really pleased with how it turned out though so it was worth the stress, and my girls are loving discovering their little treats hidden inside each day.

I started by painting the MDF tree ( it's from Hobbycraft if you are wondering) with a cream acrylic paint. I am really feeling a vintage vibe this Christmas so I wanted to make this quite understated, and not bright and glittery, and the papers I found in my stash left over from last year fitted the bill perfectly. I carefully cut them to size, allowing a notch for the handles. It was a bit tricky as no two drawers seemed to be exactly the same, but patience paid off and I got there in the end. 

I die cut the numbers using Tim Holtz's Vintage Market die, and inked the edges with distress ink.

A few wooden reindeer finished it off nicely.

Now I really must make a start on my Christmas cards. I think my new years resolution should be to start my festive makes in February!!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


  1. This looks amazing well worth the stress and it is something you will be able to use for years to come, thanks for joining us at Divas By Design this week. Jac x

  2. Brilliant result and worth the stress lol -love the selection of papers
    Carol x

  3. OMG your advent calendar is amazing! You've really showed off all that pretty paper. Even for all it's fussiness for cutting it looks so festive! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie! Nicole

  4. Fabulous advent calendar Lynda ! What a fantastic keep sake for you ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  5. Hello Lynda, Wow certainly was worth all the stress, a fabulous job and looks amazing. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Mess Challenge 2. We hope to see you again soon.

    Teighan DT

  6. Think I'm with you on the starting in February idea!!! So glad you completed this gorgeous advent calendar in time Lynda. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  7. Love this! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Anything Goes for Christmas at Crafting By Designs. Mo xxx

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    1. Thanks Paula. It was very fiddly but worth it. I felt quite sad putting it in the loft for another year earlier!