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Make your own advent calendar

Make your own advent calendar

Decorative advent calendar with metallic effect

What could be more special than giving your loved ones the gift of a home-made advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas? This unique calendar has been decorated with glossy numbers in silver and gold. You can achieve this glamorous metallic effect with edding gloss paint markers, available in a variety of colours including gold, silver and copper.

To make your Advent calendar, you will need
  • Approx. 5 sheets coloured card – we used dark brown
  • Craft punch for gift tags (such as Fiskars), or scissors and a hole punch
  • edding 751 gloss paint marker in silver, gold or copper (stroke width: approx 1-2 mm)
  • Number stencil (from an art-and-craft store, or downloaded from our website), printed on thick paper
  • White crayon, scissors or craft knife
  • Matching gift ribbon
So simple to do
  1. Before you start, here’s how to activate the edding gloss paint marker: Shake the marker firmly with the cap still on. Place the nib on a piece of scrap paper and carefully pump it up and down a few times until the ink fills the nib. Start by writing a few test strokes on some scrap paper. And don’t forget to always replace the cap securely after use.
  2. First, make the tags out of the coloured paper. If you are using a tag punch, it will punch an eyelet hole for the ribbon at the same time.
  3. Alternatively, make the tags yourself: Sketch out the shapes on the coloured paper and cut them out. Punch a hole at the top in the middle.
  4. Place the number stencil over each tag and use the white crayon to transfer the numbers 1-24, one at a time. To give the tags a quirky look, make the numbers slightly slanted or crop them a little by positioning the stencil so that it goes beyond the edge of the tag.
  5. Then colour in the numbers with the gloss paint marker (remember to activate it first).
  6. Allow to dry for a short time, then thread the ribbon through the hole and secure a tag to each ready-made gift.
Hints and tips

It’s best to make the gift boxes or gift bags out of smooth white paper, as this makes the number tags stand out better against your Advent calendar. Artificial pine garlands are perfect for displaying the gifts – try draping them along a staircase banister or on a wall.

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