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DIY Advent Calendar | Review

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This post has taken me far longer than I intended to write! I actually finished completing this project about a week ago but am just not feeling it! It looked so much better in my head! Basically Action Storage, suppliers of lockers in the UK sent me a wooden decorate your own advent calendar house and a £20 gift voucher to make it look amazing!

I've quite a few pots of Valspar paint so I decided to use one of those as the base colour. I wanted to go for a bit of a wishy washy look so I only painted one coat. If you wanted a more chalk paint feel you'd need a second coat. 

 advent calendar

I literally descended on Hobbycraft with a £20 voucher and bought “stuff”. In hindsight you really need a plan or idea of what you are going to make your house/train/presents look like. I didn't even have a colour theme. It did mean once I got home I was overwhelmed with items I'd bought. I wish I'd made the house themed, either a gingerbread house or maybe even Hogwarts!

Luckily I had Olive to “help”. I bought silver sticker numbers as well as some square character numbers too. I decided to do a mix of both as I did want the house to feel like it was a family thing rather than make it all adult pretty and ignore the kids!

advent calendar collage

So here is my finished article but to be honest I can see me adding to this over the holidays or even through the next few years!

I've filled all the days except the 24th December with chocolate coins. The 24th is Daddy Moo's birthday so we used the largest door for him with a “Happy Birthday” banner. I'll pop a little birthday pressie in there. The children all have their own unique advent calendars for the morning Lego, Pony and Football themed, the chocolate coins will make a great after school treat.  

You still have time to create your own advent calendar masterpeice to use year after year. 


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  1. Wow this is totally awesome #weekendblogshare

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