Enjoy the excitement of the Christmas countdown with a DIY chocolate-filled advent calendar packed with festive activities
November 16, 2022 2:00 PM
Is there anything more exciting than the Christmas countdown? The thrill is almost enough to rival the actual day – approx. This handmade advent calendar adds to the fun, so get your kids involved and let them design the home’s exterior. Fill the interior shelves with small gifts, which when opened reveal fun festive activities like “Decorating the Tree,” “Christmas Movie Night,” or “Baking a Gingerbread House.” Number the gifts, or let the kids choose at random. The best part? You can reuse it year after year.
• 90mm x 10mm pieces of pine (2 x 375mm for sides, 250mm for shelves and frame)
Pine 135mm x 10mm planks (2 x 375mm for the back, 2 x 500mm for the doors)
Clamp (corner attachment)
• 2mm drill bit and drill bit
• 24 screws 6g x 24mm
• tape measure
• Resene EzyFill is fast
• One large brush and one small art brush
• Quick-drying, water-borne resin base coatAnd the Alabaster resinAnd the Charcoal resinAnd the Majeed RaisinAnd the Resin gold dust And the Resin Green House
• 4 hinges
1 To make the frame, screw the side pieces and the top and bottom pine pieces together to form a rectangle. Drill all the screw holes with a 2mm drill bit, then screw them together with the screws.
2 Flip the box over and attach the two back pieces side by side.
3 Turn the box over again and measure where you want the shelves, I evenly divided my box (about 90mm). You can choose to do them at different heights to allow for larger gifts, or you can choose to place dividers both horizontally and vertically to create a grid with 24 holes.
6 Connect the doors using small cabinet hinges. Make sure the doors are aligned well. You may have to tinker with them a bit. Finally, create and fill your advent calendar home with Christmas-related tasks and chocolate candies. You can do this by wrapping small wooden boxes with a note in them, or simply roll a note like a scroll and tie it with a festive ribbon. bring it to you.
For an alternate design, use Resene FX Chalkboard paint on the outside and let the kids take turns designing the house’s exterior each morning with chalk. Or use it to paint the inside and use chalk to number each gift on the shelves.
Ideas for your advent calendar
- Christmas decorations: Start a fun Christmas tradition by having your kids choose new decorations for the tree each year. Or they can make their own.
- Choose a tree and decorate it: A great idea at the beginning of December. Take the family outside to choose a tree, then spend the day decorating it together.
- Read the Christmas story: This could be an existing book or a new book waiting for the children under the tree. Maybe they get hot cocoa at Christmas, too?
- Make reindeer food: Use this just before Christmas, in the last days before Santa Claus arrives. We hear reindeer love oatmeal and Christmas sprinkles.
- Baking cookies for Santa: The perfect task on Christmas Eve. Bake some cookies for Santa, then have the little ones write or draw him a little note to leave by their side.
- chocolate treats: 24 is a lot to do, so why not help yourself and put that weird chocolate bar in there? It’s Christmas!
Project and Design: Nikki Keitel. Photography: Anna Briggs.
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