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Bright Painted Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

This DIY Christmas craft is a festive painting project that the whole family will love.

Bright Painted Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
Bright Painted Christmas Tree Advent Calendar
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If you're looking for a fun and interactive way to count down to Christmas this holiday season, look no further than this DIY Bright Painted Christmas Tree Advent Calendar. The project itself is such a fun activity to do with your whole family, and then once you've completed it you can hang it up in your home and slowly start chipping away at that long wait until Christmas!

If you've got rambunctious little ones, you probably don't want them munching on sugar from a traditional advent calendar. Can you say fuel to the fire? This project has all of the fun of building up anticipation for Christmas Eve with none of the sugar-crazed results. You're all going to love it. 

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Main MaterialPaint

Primary TechniquePainting

Intermediate

SeasonWinter

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - True Green, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - White, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Acapulco, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Lemon, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wisteria, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Outrageous Orange, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Candy Apple, 2 oz.
  • Folkart ® Brush Sets - Stencil Brush Set, Short Handle
  • Folkart ® Brush Sets - Bronze Taklon Set, 3 pc.
  • FolkArt ® Peel & Stick Painting Stencils - Brush Script
  • Plywood
  • Wooden oval plaque
  • Saw
  • Wood glue
  • Ruler
  • 4" Paper mache star
  • Small, multi-color pom-poms
  • Paper towels, Water basin

Instructions

  1. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar:

    1. Using a saw, cut out a Christmas tree shape from wood.
    2. With a pencil and a ruler, evenly space out tiny dots on your tree so that the holes will look even. There should be 24 spots.
    3. Using a drill, make holes where the pencil marks are located.
    4. Using a flat brush, basecoat the tree with True Green. Let dry.
    5. Using the Brush Script stencil pack, and a ½” stencil brush, stencil numbers ranging from 1-24 above each hole in white.
    6. Using a flat brush, basecoat the oval plaque with Acapulco. Let dry.
    7. Use wood glue to adhere the tree shape to the oval plaque to create a stand. Let dry.

  2. Christmas Tree Topper:

    1. Using stencil tape, divide your paper mache star into 5 even parts. See project photo for reference.
    2. Using a flat brush, paint each section of your star a different color form your selected rainbow palette. See photo for reference. Let dry.
    3. Using hot glue, attach a pom pom to each tip of the star.

How does your family count down to Christmas? Let us know in the comments!

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