Astar's craft: Advent Calendar
Christmas Advent Calendar
Part One: Constructing, assembling and decorating Kaisercraft Advent Calendar wooden kit set.
Things to gather:
- There are a number of different kits in the Kaisercraft collection and these are available from most Spotlight Stores
- Christmas inspired scrap book paper pack
- PVA glue and paint brush
- Sharp craft knife
- Wooden flourish embellishment – tree
- Rubber bands
- Sand paper
- Masking tape
Assembly instructions can be found in the pack, but as I discovered they missed a few steps which I believe are necessary to ensure you have a nice neat finish.
- Separate all pieces and remove rough edges with a craft knife and sandpaper.
NOTE: make sure that everything is neat and square before you proceed to the next stage.
- Lay the base on your work surface, then take the two longest sections and glue one at the top and the other at the base.
- Next glue into place the two shorter side panels.
- Insert both smaller inner side panels.
- Glue into place all remaining ‘draw’ slots.
- To hold everything in place until the glue dries, wrap exterior with masking tape.
- Once dry remove masking tape, and glue remaining strip of MDF at what will be the base once finished. This helps to make the stand level once it’s propped up.
- While the glue is drying off, assemble all 25 of the little wooden draws, but before you glue all edges together, take a piece of patterned scrap book paper and using one of the draws, make a template pattern to either cover the entire draw or just the front surface. I found that this made work much easier when it came to decorating.
- Fold each draw, then glue up sides.
(This next bit is important!) To keep everything nice and neat and keep them together, I put a rubber band around each one until it dried.
- Fit each little draw into the slots before proceeding any further. What I discovered was that some of the little boxes were a bit big. Trim or fiddle around until each box fits into an appropriate sized slotted hole.
- Now decorate draws to suit.
- Numbers come with the kit, and these can be painted or left, however I thought they were a bit big, so I found smaller self-sticking numerals.
- The completed stand could be painted but MDF expands, so all tabs need to be sanded prior so they fit when assembled – personally I preferred the unpainted look.
Part Two: Making the handcrafted chocolates to fill the draws.
Things to gather:
- Good quality chocolate
- Chocolate moulds
- Double boiler
- Pouring jug or piping bag
- Foil paper – to wrap the chocolates in
- Foil ribbon to decorate
- Break up the chocolate and place in double boiler.
- Once melted pour into piping bag, then pipe into chocolate mould.
- Allow to set, before wrapping and decorating with a small bow.
- Put each little chocolate into a draw.