In a bid to cherish the joyful moments and activities that happen in the lead up to Christmas, rather than the consumerism 'adrenalin rush' achieved with beauty product advent calendars, last year I decided to make my own DIY advent calendar with a Christmas activity behind every door. As a result we had one of our best December's ever, making effort to bake mince pies, make Christmas cards, go along to a Christmas concert, make Christmas cocktails and loads more. It got so Christmassy in our house :)
Without a doubt I wanted to do a similar thing this year, and when I spotted this simple white paintable advent calendar house on a trip to Hobbycraft a few weeks back, the inspiration struck! I knew I had to make this year’s calendar a DIY Advent Christmas Village…
This project was SO easy and SO much fun to create. It’s not often I paint or craft anymore, but at Christmas I make a real effort to try and make something unique.
I can’t recommend an activity like this highly enough, whether with children, friends or just by yourself.
For my DIY Advent Calendar project I bought these supplies:
Leftover tester pots of paint
I started by painting a base coat, using some leftover Farrow & Ball sample tins from the garage. Thank God I got use out of them, collecting dust otherwise. I love this colour, Joa’s White! So homely.
Then I waited for it to dry and painted on a wee door with a wreath and some faux beams to make it look like a little cottage.
I used some generic Multi Purpose glue to stick wooden numbers on each door. These were a bit fiddly to stick on, but I really love how rustic they look. Ties in nicely with my country cottage / alpine theme! :)
And ta-da! Here is the finished result…
Inside each door I’ve put in some of our fave Lindt chocolates (dark are so good, they seem to quench the sweet cravings or is it just me?!) and a really Christmassy activity to do together every other day. We’ve got some really lovely things on our activity list this year like:
Making Christmas cocktails
Baking a Christmas tree (yes really! Keep an eye out on my Instagram for that one!)
Cutting down the Christmas tree
Watch the Christmas meteor shower
Make Christmas decorations with the National Trust
Bake dairy free mince pies
…and lots more! Follow me on Instagram to see how everything turns out. We’ll document most of our month on there.
It was so much fun creating this! Highly recommend you try something similar - even if it’s for 12 days of Christmas now that December is fast approaching.
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