Over the past few weeks I’ve been feeling really creative, which I often find is a symptom of the approaching festive season for me. I’ve been researching tons of great Christmas projects, and will be sharing them over the coming weeks.
As if by divine intervention I was contacted by HobbyCraft whilst I was planning these projects and invited to DIY an advent calender to show my readers just how fun and easy it can be to DIY a Christmas masterpiece, with just a little help from them.
I was sent the advent calendar shell, some acrylic paint and some wooden advent numbers and let loose to perform a christmas miracle – and I honestly think this was the perfect project to re-introduce me to the wonderful world of crafting after a semi-lengthy hiatus.
When I received the items I was really impressed with the quality of the calendar. I had expected it to be thick cardboard but its actually more like MDF, and very sturdy! Well worth the £12.99 RRP, especially considering it’s a lovely Christmas decoration which can be brought back out year after year – and it looks way less tacky than the horrid chatacter themed calendars (which despite being 25 and 33, we still have).
First of all I had to decide how to arrange my colour scheme. I had been sent gold and a glittery green glue, but I like a very traditional red, gold & green décor over Christmas so I picked up a tube of red & green too, and I was good to go. Deciding how to distribute the colour is hard, and I was totally spoilt for choice. After much deliberation I decided to opt for a green background as the dark would help the red & gold drawers pop – and I was right!
I love the mish-mash of colours over Christmas so I wanted a few different designs for the drawers. I toyed with the idea of doing each drawer a different colour or pattern, but aside from being time consuming, I wasn’t sure if it would flow if I did that. Instead I opted for red & gold drawers, with a handful of tricolour spot print ones – all with contrasting handles. My theory was that if it looked bare after that I could always pattern over the plain drawers, but now it’s finished I’m glad I went for a simple design instead of a more complex one – I just love the simplicity of it.
The fairy lights are just pinched from a house plant, I wanted to give an impression of twinkly christmas lights without actually putting up my tree (I’d love to but Mr K won’t allow it yet).
I haven’t totally filled it up yet (I have like.. a month!) but I have made a start. The drawers are actually pretty deep so can fit a reasonable amount of bits inside – I’ve currently got some mini lindt christmas bells, hot chocolate sachets and even a few alcohol minis – but I’m not divulging everything because I don’t want to spoil the surprise! I still have about 15 days to fill up so if you have any ideas please share them!
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