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Make your own Advent CalendarAdvent calendar

Creat your own brightly coloured Christmas tree shaped Advent Calendar

Things you will need:

Step-by-step guide

Step 1
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry Waterborne Primer Undercoat using the roller to the MDF.

Step 2
Apply two coats of Resene SpaceCote Flat - Resene Double Cod Grey - using the roller to the MDF.

Apply primer to MDF board
Step 1
Apply topcoat to MDF board
Step 2

Step 3
Apply two coats of paint using the Legend 38mm Angle Brush and Resene Testpots to the matchboxes including the tray inside each box. Alternate the colours to get a bright effect.

Step 3

Step 4
Once the matchboxes are dry apply patterns to boxes (we have used circle sponges in varied sizes).

Step 5
Using a larger shaped sponge apply dots in centre of matchboxes with Resene SpaceCote Flat - Resene Double Cod Grey.

Step 5
Steps 4 and 5

Step 6
Once dry write the numbers on matchboxes.

Step 7
Using double-sided tape, place strips on back of each matchbox and then apply to MDF.

Step 7

Step 8
Fill with goodies and begin your countdown to Christmas!

Extra ideas

You could paint this in any colours you like as you get the effect of the shape of a tree with the layout.

You could try ombré, starting light at the top of the tree and fading to darker colours towards the bottom of the tree. Try using the Resene Stack range if you want to create a neutral version.

You could paint it a Christmas tree green colour - try Resene Bingo.

There are so many fun options you could create with this concept. Find some colours you love, some special treats and get painting.


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