Thursday 13 December 2012

Advent calendar

Hi bloggers!

This is a project that I have been working on for a few weeks and finally finished it off for December 1st... just in the nick of time!  Not because it takes this long but because I was only picking away at it as I finally brought my son into the world. Unfortunately I hadn't documented until now!

Here's the end result!!

Let's get started!! I picked up this Kaisercraft advent calendar for my daughter and I have since picked up a similar one for my newborn son. Here's the pieces!
Next, I painted all the edges with an acrylic white paint, over that I put Tim Holtz distress ink.. firebrick red!! I love how this gives uneven shades.  Keeping in mind that although this appears put together in the picture, it's actually only laid together - in other words, there's no glue and it will topple over!!  This is necessary to get into all the grooves when covering everything with paper.
The next step is to pick out the paper - I decided to go with the FancyPants Saint Nick's collection - love, love, love!! I then covered the back tree. You'll see there's a couple colors but that's only because I ran out of paper - its the same shade so it works.
I then started putting paper on the "benches" that link together to created the "shelves".  I glued this on using tombeau glue.  Once the glue dried, I sanded the edges to smooth out the paper and applied the Tim Holtz red seasonal distress ink to color the edges. Note that you will need to take an x-acto knife to cut out the 'slots' where the shelves link together.
Once this was dry, I started to glue everything together one piece at a time. I used fabric/wood glue but there's lots out there as long as it works on glue. Take all 25 boxes and begin to cut strips of paper to fit the box. glue in place using the tombeau glue.  Sand and distress the edges of each box.
I struggled to figure out how I was going to set the numbers but in the end I settled on the jillibean alphabeans. I used a 1 inch circle popped off each "drawer" and put on a number. I have yet to seal this calendar but I would recommend either mod podge or a sealant.
I've submitted this layout to "Spark Your Creativity" challenge on the Pin and Tack Blog.  You have until December 31st to do your own project.  It's 'anything goes'! Cheers!
Have a great day!



  1. Fantastic! I love it. Thanks so much for joining us at Spark Your Creativity Now. Kim B

    1. Thanks!! I definitely will be checking out the site for inspiration!!

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