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Christmas Advent Calendar

4 March 2018

Level: Medium

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  • 1 Large Photo Frame or Canvas Panel
  • 1 Reeves Water Colour Paper Pad (A5)
  • 1 Pack Educraft Mini Pegs
  • Assorted Painters craft markers
  • Embellishments – Rhinestones, Sparklets
  • Lettering template
  • Liquitex Spray Paints (suitable for indoor use), we used Red Medium Hue and Iridescent Rich Silver
  • Reeves Glitter Paint
  • Made For You Glitter
  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Made For You Printed Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Twine

How to do it

  1. Using spray paints, spray an even coverage of paint over the frame. We created a vintage look by applying red, then a light overlay of silver. Rubbing the silver back gently with a sponge will result in a worn effect. You can achieve this effect using any 2 colours.
  2. Measure the space within the frame and cut twine to size. If using canvas wrap around the back of the canvas panel. Firmly secure in place using a staple gun.
  3. You will need to create 24 ‘pouches’ using the water colour paper and glue gun. As a guide, the finished pouch size pictured are 6cm x 7.5cm. Size will vary depending on the size of your frame. 
  4. It is now time to get creative and embellish each individual pouch uniquely focusing on including numbers 1 to 24.
  5. Once all pouches are created, peg them onto the twine in numerical order.
  6. Fill each pouch with small trinkets or goodies ready to count down to Christmas Day.


A great project that you can get the whole family involved in!