Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

Start the countdown to Christmas with this gorgeous traditional advent tree calendar. It’s an easy festive project for everyone to get involved with and you’re sure to have great fun as you open the drawers leading up to the big day!

Project with thanks to Debbie Thorne

Suitable for : Beginners

Time to Make : Two to three hours plus drying time

You Will Need How to Make

1. Remove the drawers from the advent and paint the entire advent with a watered-down (50:50) coat of paint to give a vintage ‘washed’ appearance. Leave to dry.

2. Cut the patterned papers into squares (approximately 2 centimetres in width and height), and one at a time, apply glue liberally to each drawer front. Apply the paper squares, then brush glue over the top of the paper to glaze.

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

Top Tip . . .  Ensure a small amount of each edge square of paper wraps around the drawer front for a neat finish.

3. Whilst you are waiting for the drawer fronts to dry, cover the front of the wooden star in a thin layer of PVA glue and then sprinkle over the gold glitter. Leave for a minute or so and then tap off the excess. Once completely dry cover with another thick layer of PVA to help keep the glitter in place.

4. Cover half the drawers in each design. Once completely dry, arrange in a random pattern.

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

Top Tip . . .Any wrinkles will smooth out once the glue is dry.

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

5. Use a hot glue gun to attach the number toppers to the drawer knobs, and the wooden star to the top of the advent.

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

The finished advent!

Traditional Advent Calendar Tree Project #Christmas #Advent

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  • Hannah Johnson

    I love this finished project, however what you include in the pack doesn’t seem to do everything you have done. Where are the shapes that the numbers have been stuck onto, would they need to be bought separately? Have they been decopatched too, or do they come like that? I really think they are what give the pack it’s loveliness. Thanks for any help you can give :)

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