It’s that time of year again, the holiday season. In fact, it’s the beginning of the advent, which is very important to me. My goal for my family during the advent is to cultivate an appreciation for the true gift of the season, Jesus Christ. And I think that a DIY advent calendar is a perfect way to do that.
Create Your Own Tradition!
This year I wanted to create an advent calendar that we could use year after year and really start a tradition where the kids know what’s coming when the advent calendar makes its appearance. And when I saw this awesome wooden DIY advent calendar with cute little drawers, I thought that this would be perfect for my family because I can fill it with whatever I want my kids to have that year!
I like to use these advent calendar cards from the Happy Home Fairy, which are great for the kiddos because they are not too long but they still take you along a journey toward Christ on the way to Christmas.
But I also like to give the kids a little treat each night leading up to Christmas. One of my favorite childhood memories is running to the fridge in the evening to get my little chocolate square out of my grocery store advent calendar. So I wanted to recreate that for them, but honestly, the older I get the more I realize that was not really the best chocolate. So with my kids I aim to keep the spirit but give them some yummier candies, which with a DIY advent calendar like this, I can put whatever I want in there!
Acrylic Pour DIY Advent Calendar!
And of course, originally being a plain wooden DIY advent calendar, it just called out for some decoration. And what better technique to make for a festive piece of Christmas decor than an acrylic pour.
- Acrylic Pour Dip – Christmas Tree
- Dirty-cup Dip – Drawers
I mixed the blue and yellow to make the green and made various shades of green by adding white and black to the original green I made. I also added in a metallic green to mix it up a bit and add some sheen.
For the dirty-cup that I dipped the drawer faces into, red and white were my main colors and then I added a bunch of metallic colors that I already had mixed up for some shine and sparkle.
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Artist’s Loft Titanium White
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold
- DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Splendid Gold
- DecoArt Dazzling Festive Green
- DecoArt Dazzling Festive Red
- Artist’s Loft Metallic Bronze
- Artist’s Loft Old Gold
- Master’s Touch Crimson
- Wooden Advent Calendar sourced at Michael’s
My biggest tip is to take your time and allow each side to dry separately. Also, remember when you’re layering the paint for your dip of the tree, that whatever you put down first is actually going to end up in the foreground of your pour. So if I had thought more about that as I was doing the pour, I would have reversed the order in which I laid down the paints for the dip.
Go Forth and Create New Traditions!
Making your own DIY Advent Calendar is an awesome way to remind your family of what the season is truly about and to make beautiful memories this holiday season!