a colorful advent is my fave

November 12, 2012

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.

Well hello, welcome to yamf’s holiday handmade – an entire month of diy projects that are sure to please. I didn’t have quite the buildup I did last year but I hope after reading that first sentence you did an arm pump with an exaggerated yes preferably in an Oprah voice. I’ve teamed up with Kirsten for the whole series so you know it’s going to be good.

This week will be dedicated to the advent calendar because I’m fond of receptacles that offer me a daily treat.
colorful advent calendar from you are my fave
To make your own, you’ll need:
– 25 paper mache boxes in varied shapes and sizes (like these)
– acrylic paint (I’m a big fan of the colors available from the Martha Stewart line)
– paint brush
– white paint pen
– gold foil sheets + adhesive (optional)
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step One: Paint the taupe boxes in a pleasing color palette. For the record – maroon, brick red and forest green is not a pleasing color palette.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Two: Number them up with the paint pen and gold foil (you can read about the technique in this post). Preferably have someone with decent handwriting complete this step.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Three: Fill with treats that won’t go stale. If this is for your kids, choose things like dum dums then get a box of Godiva truffles for yourself and hide them in a safe. With a key.
advent calendar from you are my fave

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