whew!  i worked on this advent calendar for most of my day.  it was a lot of fun to make. 
  • the above is actually one of the finished project…i just had to skip ahead!
  • this picture is just laying out the supplies.
  • after removing all of the drawers, i then sanded it slightly.  i thought it would help the paint to adhere better.
  • next i put a coat of paint, ‘sandstone’
  • once that layer dried, then i covered it with a thin layer of clear glitter topcoat
  • i gathered all of my Christmas paper, using a template that came with the boxes, i then traced and cut out 25 different drawer fronts.
  • then, using my sticker maker for adhesive, i adhered all of the paper onto the fronts of all of the drawers.
  • next, i placed the drawers back into the calendar.  figuring out where they each looked best.
  • finally, i began the process of finding embellishments to use on each drawer and labeling them with the proper number.  (the number stickers came with the calendar)
  • slowly, i found embellishments for each drawer (it was a lot of fun!)
  • the next few pictures are simply close-ups of the drawers
  • the last few pictures have a red bow & jingle bells ontop.  it needs something to finish it off…..not sure what….i’m not happy with the bow….but i love jingle bells….sooooo i’m not sure what i will end up doing to the top.

so, that’s that!  so happy with it!  so happy it’s done!  hope you are enjoying your saturday!


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13 comments on “handmade advent calendar”

  1. How cute!! I love all of the embellishments and extra touches you put into each drawer. The close up pictures are great! And I love the bow & bells. Have a great week & Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I really like this Krista! I love the bells as well…what about doing some green garland on there with the bow too. Just a thought. What are you going to put in all those drawers? You’ll have to check out my blog…it’s a challenge! http://thatisinarapp.blogspot.com/
    Have a great Thanksgiving..are you going to still be blogging every day?

  3. krista, this is amazing!! you have been very busy lately!! i love all the things you have been making. i can’t wait to see them!! you’re awesome!

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