My beautiful friend Amanda and I have a yearly tradition where we clear our diaries for an ENTIRE day to make our own advent calendars. We only started it last year and so far it’s the best girly tradition ever. Thank goodness she’s the crafty one as I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I had to do it on my own.
I don’t really have the patience or the time to do this kind of craft on a regular basis but it was so much fun and quite therapeutic. We stamped, inked, cut, glittered and talked from 10am until 4pm. It was fabulous and the result was amazing (if I do say so myself).
All I had to do when I got home was paint the ugly brown pin board I was using to assemble my 24 cards. Luckily Bunnings had sent me a sample kit of the British paints Retouch to try out. It’s a really cool little dispenser where you can add any paint colour you like and then apply it with a spray (like a spray paint). This little video shows you how.
It was so easy to use and I was super impressed with the finish. I also touched up a some scrapes on my bedroom wall where Miss H had decided drag her tap shoes. Oh and there was a little bit of wall colouring in that I managed to magically fix too!! SO AWESOME!! Next I’m going to use it to try some stencilling in the girls bedroom.
Once my new white board was dry, I pinned all my cards in place, and Mr D hung it up in the lounge yesterday all ready for the start of the Christmas advent count down.
Inside each card is a little message for the kids with an activity to do each day. Today’s one was to go to the beach after school for an ice-cream (good job too as it was 30 degrees). A few of the other activities I have are included:
- Write your Santa wish list and post it
- Have a Christmas movie night
- Make a Christmas card for Gran and Grandpa
- Choose a present for each other
- Movie night
- Go and see the Christmas lights
- Get our Santa photo done
- New Christmas pj’s
- Read a Christmas story
- Make a present for your teacher
- Write Christmas cards for your class
- Donate and unwanted toy to a hospital (or similar)
- Family dinner out
We have 24 new activities to get us all the way to Christmas eve. The kids love it, and I love that it makes them so happy. I’m also secretly feeling very smug about my great crafting skills (Thanks Amanda)!!
Sadly I am not going to offer to make anyone else an advent calendar (especially as it took me about 6 hours to create). However, the lovely people at British Paints have given me a fantastic Retouch kit, which includes 2 paint colours of your choice, a stencil and the airbrush dispenser to one lucky reader. All you have to do to win is enter below and leave me a blog comment telling me what your next DIY project is going to be.
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Wishing you all a very happy festive month.
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