Sunday, 1 December 2013

Good morning everyone
I thought I would share my latest project with you
I wanted to make a advent calender for my beautiful grandson to use year after year and maybe even pass down to his 1st born
It has taken me over a month to do but I think it was worth it.

I started with a blank papier mache advent calender




Then I gave it two coats of paint, I painted the main body in red and then alternated the drawer colours in red,green and purple

Then I sorted through all my backing papers to find one's I liked and cut them to size and pasted them on using decopatch glue,(which is also a varnish) then pasted over the top and waited for them to dry. I also varnished the main body of the calender. 



Then I set about designing a picture to cover the back with and one to go in the center front. I designed it using the papermania enchanted Christmas cd which has some truly beautiful and magical design elements on it. I added some glitter to elements of the pictures and  then I pasted them on. As the back was larger than A4 I cut a piece of decorative paper to go by the side of it and used the same paper to decorated the sides of the calender. And again I finished it off with decopatch to seal it all.

Then I added a wooden stand to it to give it stability and covered it with paper and sealed it.
I then set about guilding it to give it a aged look and put coloured number peeloffs on the drawer fronts.

Finally I added a Christmas ornament inside the front recess which I stuck down with silicone glue



I hope you like the finished calender :)





23 comments:

Tanith said...

Wow hun thats beautiful!!

Angie's card designs said...

Thank you Tanith for taking the time to comment and yes it did work lol

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is fabulous! I do love the gorgeous paper and images you have used. I am sure your grandson will love it.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Nicky Wilcox said...

Wow it is stunning a beautiful gift xxx

Wendy McCarthy said...

This is amazing! Such a lovely calendar to treasure for years to come! xxx

Kay Dalton said...

oh wow this is amazing , Love it !

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful job, Angela!

kingsharon1967 said...

OH my goodness this is gorgeous xx

Larelle-Susanne Thoms said...

I loved your projects I loved how you showed the progress of creations super cute.! Thanks for Sharing on the Tuesday Blog hop hope to see more of your AWESOME Creations in future events Hugs Larelle-Susanne

Larelle-Susanne Thoms said...

I loved your projects I loved how you showed the progress of creations super cute.! Thanks for Sharing on the Tuesday Blog hop hope to see more of your AWESOME Creations in future events Hugs Larelle-Susanne

Melissa's M├ęduser Meanderings said...

Adorable :) I'll have to try something like this for my GD next year she'll almost 3 then :) TFS ~Toodles,,,^..^,,,Melissa

seemacrafts said...

Oh wow this is fantastic i want to make one . where did you get the draws and frame from ?

Angie's card designs said...

I got the frame and paints from here hun

http://www.calicocrafts.co.uk/acatalog/Chipboard-Display-Case-Advent-Calendar.html

TheBeccajb said...

I love it!

Erin Bentley said...

Just love your advent calendar, love the papers and the images. Am sure your grandson loves it.

Hugs Erin x

Sylvia Anderson said...

Wow, this was well worth the time & effort, it's beautiful xxx

Jan Ltc said...

Great make. xx Jan

jane stillman said...

Oh wow! what a fabulous advent calendar. A lovely keepsake for your grandson

Fran said...

Fantastic, I love it xxx

mazza said...

WOW this is brilliant you can see all the hard work you have put into it I am sure it will be treasured
Hugs
Marie xx

Kate M said...

Absolutely fabulous- a gift to be treasured and used with pleasure each Christmas I am sure - great project!!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is stunning Angie, I'm sure this will become a family heirloom.

Sue x

Angie's card designs said...

Thank you all so much for taking the time to leave comments,it is much appreciated and I am glad you liked the advent calender xx