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How to Make a Farmhouse Plaid Christmas Advent Calendar
- Plaid bow box files
- White cardstock (25 sheets)
- 12×24 galvanized metal sheet
- 2- 24 1/2″ piece of wood
- I used scraps of 2x3s that I stained with Minwaz Dark Walnut stain
- Drill with tiny drill bit
- 5/8 in #18 wire nails
- If you do not have a drill & hammer or do not want to use them and the nails to secure the metal to the wood, you could always use a construction adhesive that is made to work with metal and wood.
- 12×12″ piece of vinyl & transfer paper
- This is used to create a stencil for the wording that is painted on the advent calendar. You could also hand paint the lettering, but I am not that talented.
- Red craft paint
- Foam brush
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Stuff to go into the advent calendar
Apply any finish to your wood that you want and allow to dry. Drill 5 tiny holes (they need to be smaller than the head of your wire nails) into the sheet metal along the top and the bottom. Make sure you do not drill to far into the wood or the nails will not be able to hold. You could do the drilling on a scrap piece of wood to prevent this.
Tap a nail into each of the holes to secure the wood to the top and bottom of the metal. You only want to overlap the metal over the wood about 1/2 inch.
Cut out the words on the vinyl and transfer them to the metal. These will be stencils for you to paint the words.
Using the craft paint and foam brush, paint the words onto the metal. I found I liked the texture of the metal peeking out a little bit when I pounced the foam brush on the metal instead of brushing it.
Immediately after painting, remove the vinyl. If your paint has already dried before you remove the vinyl, you will want to use an extra nail to scratch a line in the paint all around the edge of the vinyl or the paint may pull off the metal when you remove the vinyl.
Let the paint dry while you start assembling the plaid boxes. Print & cut all 25 boxes with coordinating bows.
These boxes couldn’t be easier to assemble! Start by flipping the cut out box over so the plaid is facing down. Fold along all the dotted lines toward the ceiling.
Take the long skinny pieces on the top of the box and glue them to the tabs on the bottom of the box to create a box shape.
Fold in the top and bottom flaps, then the side flaps on top of them. Make sure the flap with the number on it is on the top.
Slide the bow onto the front of the box, into the notches. The sides of the bow should be slightly in front of the box and the number visible in the center.
Now it’s time to secure the boxes to the metal sign. I used 1/4 inch painters tape to measure out my rows. You can also use white board markers to mark on the board and then they should rub off easily (any residue will come off easily when wiped with a paper towel damped with window cleaner).
Once you have laid out your rows, it’s as easy as adding some hot glue to the back of each box and securing them to the metal. Hot glue is very handy on the metal because if you don’t like where something is placed, you can heat up the backside of the metal with a blow-dryer on high heat and the glue will soften enough to slightly move the box. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
Once all the boxes are attached, wrap some twine around the side of the top board and secure in the back. Repeat on the other side, leaving some slack in the middle to hang your advent calendar.
You can fill your boxes with all the fun and activities and treats you want to enjoy this December. Then you can hang your new farmhouse plaid Christmas advent calendar. You are in for a fun filled holiday season.
Have a safe and happy Holiday season!