One thing that signals the start of Christmas for me is an advent calendar. Ever since I was little, my mum has bought me a chocolate calendar, even as an adult. The one year she didn’t buy one for my brothers or me because we were ‘too old’ (I was 25!) and she was bombarded with texts from us all asking where our calendars were. A couple of days later, a Peppa Pig one turned up. She’s never made that mistake again. Even now, at the age of 31, I still get one from her.
When we were asked on behalf of Action Storage, retailers of lockers for business, to take part in their DIY wooden advent calendar challenge, I knew we couldn’t say no. I knew we would have fun decorating it, filling it and opening it!
The wooden calendar is available to buy from Hobbycraft and I think at £8 it’s brilliant value – it can be used year after year. We were sent a £20 voucher to go to Hobbycraft and buy all the pretty things needed to decorate it.
Our Christmas decorations are all very traditional – red, green and gold – and I wanted to keep to that theme with the calendar. I bought some paint in these colours, including some glittery paint, some stick on poinsettias, some sparkly stars and gold sparkly buttons. It was glitter heaven. I wanted some wooden numbers to stick on the doors, but the store had completely sold out, so I bought some number stamps. I also got a mini hot glue gun and some glue sticks.
As soon as I started I realised I had bought the wrong paint – it needed acrylic. With our nearest store being a 60-mile round trip, I decided to just carry on anyway. It isn’t the best finish ever, but from a distance, it looks ok. I can always say the kids painted it, right?!
Once it had a couple of coats of paint, I started to try and stamp the numbers on. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite go to plan either (are you seeing a theme here?!), so I covered them up as best as I could with the embellishments. In the end, I used a sharpie to write the numbers on! I finished it off by glueing some gold ricrac from the craft cupboard to the base of the calendar.
It’s far from perfect. Up close, you can see where the paint has splodged and where things are a bit wonky. But, from a distance, it looks alright. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun decorating it, and the kids love it!
*We were provided with the product and a voucher for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.