Paper

Farmhouse Chic Advent Calendar

By  Melony Bradley 

size: varies

  • Farmhouse Chic Advent Calendar
  • Closeup View of Merry Christmas Tag
  • Merry Christmas Tag

Materials

  • Reclaimed wooden frame (with backing removed), 18"x22"
  • Chicken wire, 18"x22"
  • Wooden clothespins, 24
  • Wooden shapes: appliqué, 3-1/2"x7"; circles: 1/2", two; 1", 24; 2-1/2", three; 3-1/2", one; rectangles, 2"x3", three
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Soft Black; Parchment; Country Red; Emperor's Gold; Shimmering Silver
  • Patterned paper scraps

Tools

  • Rubber stamps: rooster; fleur de lis; numbers; small script alphabet
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Sanding block
  • Wax candle
  • Heavy-duty tools: wire snips; staple gun
  • Safety gloves
  • Hammer
  • Furniture tacks
  • Aleene's (iLoveToCreate): Original Tacky Glue; Memory Glue

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer
  • 1. Paint frame Parchment. Lightly sand to distress. Paint two 1/2" circles and 12 clothespins Country Red; 12 clothespins Shimmering Silver; appliqué Emperor's Gold; remaining wooden pieces Soft Black. When Soft Black pieces are dry, randomly rub surface with wax candle, then paint Parchment. Lightly sand edges to reveal distressed finish.
  • 2. Stamp 1-24 on 1" wooden circles. Use large number stamps for 25 on 3-1/2" circle. Stamp fleur de lis and roosters or other image on remainder of parchment pieces. Use alphabet stamps to stamp "joyeux noel" or other sentiment on wooden appliqué.
  • 3. Use paper trimmer to cut patterned paper scraps to same size as clothespins. Use Memory Glue to adhere papers to clothepins. If needed, sand edges of paper even with clothespins.
  • 4. Glue wooden number pieces and some image pieces to clothespins, using photo as guide.
  • 5. Wearing gloves, use heavy-duty wire snips to cut chicken wire to fit frame. Staple wire to back of frame, making sure wire ends do not show at front sides of frame. Glue 1/2" red circles to left and right ends of appliqué. Use furniture tacks and hammer to place appliqué at top center of frame. Clip numbers and images to wire.