Christmas DIY Christmas advent calendar - How to make your own homemade festive calendar in 3 easy steps

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Make the run-up to Christmas extra special with one of these handmade advent calendars for your loved one you can personalise yourself Advent calendars are a big thing these days and now there's even more reason to feel excited about what's behind each door every day with the choice on offer. From traditional chocolate calendars to alcohol-themed, beauty calendar goodies and toys, you can find one to suit your tastes. But if you're struggling or you want to treat a loved one, why not have a go at making your own advent calendar this Christmas? We show you how to make a simple jar design or even easier, how to paint a ready-made one. Have fun designing! And if you're still stuck for present ideas, see our gift guides , Christmas dinner tips and more Christmas decorations inspiration.You will need: A wooden tray 25 mini jars (available online or at craft stores – we used Bonne Maman jars) Round sticky labels 25 tiny treats Glue gun or super glue Marker pen or a printer Take the lids off the jars and put the lids aside, then arrange the jars on your wooden tray. Glue the jars in place, unless your tray has sides (like ours) and the jars fit snuggly without glue. Using the sticky labels, write out 1-25 on them with marker pen, or use a printer to print out numbers onto the labels. Then stick these to the top of the jar lids. Now fill each jar with a treat of your choice, and screw on the lids.Remove the drawers from the advent calendar and paint the entire thing with a watered-down (50:50) coat of paint to give a vintage, ‘washed’ appearance. Leave to dry. Cut the patterned papers into squares (approx 2cm x 2cm). One at a time, apply glue liberally to each drawer front, then stick on the paper squares (it will take four or five squares to cover each front). Brush glue over the top of the paper to glaze. While you’re waiting for the drawer fronts to dry, cover the front of the wooden star in a thin layer of PVA glue and then sprinkle over the gold glitter. Leave for a minute or so and then tap off the excess. Once completely dry, cover with another thick layer of PVA to help keep the glitter in place. Once the drawers are dry, arrange in a random pattern (if using different designs) on the tree. Use a hot glue gun to attach the number toppers to the drawer knobs, and the wooden star to the top of the tree.

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