I don’t know about you, but I love a brownie. The way I like them – fresh out of the oven warm and gooey. I haven’t baked brownies for ages but with the Christmas season upon us, I thought I would get experimenting. With these two festive favourite flavours – candy canes and cranberries – I decided that they would be delicious in a brownie. I was right; these are amazingly gooey, minty and the cranberries give a sharp tang. Read more
Even as adults, hubby & I still tend to have a chocolate advent calendar – you know, we’re still big kids! We’ve forfeited them this year though as we both eat enough chocolate as it is. For the last couple of years I’ve really fancied a wooden advent calendar (either pre-made or DIY) but have just never got around to getting one. I was recently given the opportunity to review a DIY wooden advent calendar from Hobbycraft so I excitedly jumped at the chance as I haven’t gotten crafty since last Christmas!
I received a tree shaped advent calendar and some supplies in order to complete the calendar:
I didn’t have a couple of other colours I needed for some of the drawer designs I had in mind so I had a look through my own (limited) supplies. The advent calendar is much bigger than I was expecting it to be (it is 50 x 44 x 7 cm) but it means the drawers are plenty big enough to fit plenty of treats inside!
The calendar doesn’t need priming or anything, the acrylic paint will go straight on with pretty much one coat so it didn’t take long to paint the main part. The drawers were the most time consuming, but I wanted them all to be slightly different – if they were to be all the same colour it wouldn’t take long at all. The other time consuming part was waiting for the paint to dry between adding detail & glitter as the paint did take quite a while, so I completed the calendar in two evenings (4-5 hours in total, so it could probably be done in one day).
Considering I don’t really do a lot of crafts, I’m quite impressed with the finished calendar (any untidy parts you might spot are by my helper, the husband!):
I’m still not exactly sure what I’m going to put in it yet. I was thinking of Christmas activities to coincide with our Elf coming to stay, but I might put the odd treat in there too.
The plain wooden advent calendars from Hobbycraft are priced at £15 – I think this is a brilliant price for the size and it’s very sturdy so will last & last. Other supplies can be purchased from Hobbycraft too. I definitely recommend having a go!
My rating – 5/5
I was sent these products free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.