Make an Advent calendar

Posted: 14th Nov 2016

It won't be long until the countdown really begins, so get ahead with this novelty DIY advent calendar design. You can get the ready-to-paint present stack for £12 at Hobbycraft!


You will need
Wooden advent present stack
Selection of craft acrylic paint
Wooden numbers
Tacky glue
Washi tape or masking tape
Selection of paintbrushes



1. Deconstruct the advent present so that you have four sections. Take a blush pink acrylic paint and add a small amount of white. Mix enough paint to cover the entire advent three times. Thin the paint slightly, using three parts paint to one-part water. Leave the first coat to dry before applying a further two coats.

Tip: Paint the boxes with the doors open!

2. Once the base coat is completely dry use washi tape to start masking out the first layer of triangles and then paint, starting with the top layer and working your way down.

3. Remove the washi tape after a few minutes whilst the paint is still wet, then leave to dry completely before masking off any overlapping triangles. Leave to dry.

4. Create numbers for each of the doors using either hand drawn numbers or cardstock cut into triangles and hexagons. We used a Cricut Explore Air and Design Space to create the toppers, but you could also use painted wooden numbers. Adhere a number to each of the doors with tacky glue, hold each in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to set. Let the countdown begin!


Tutorial and images courtesy of Hobbycraft & Aisha Green.