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Easy Alternative To The Scandinavian Wooden Advent Calendar Tree
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 11/07/2012 - 20:59
Another easy, simple tree for hanging your Advent Calendar chocolate filled hearts and mini ornaments!!
Although this same tree design would be very pretty if cut from wood, many crafters do not have the tools available. Almost everyone has a craft knife and can get their hands on spray adhesive, foam-core and poster board!
So - here is how to make a quick and simple Advent Calendar Tree!
1. Glue two 20" x 30" x 3/16" pieces of foam-core together using spray adhesive.
Note: Spray adhesive leaves no room for error so once you have sprayed both surfaces with adhesive, line them up perfectly (adhesive sides facing each other) by placing one 30" side of each board on a hard surface (table or floor), shift the two pieces until the 20" sides are lined up and bring them together. Practicing a couple times before spraying is very helpful.
2. Once the board has dried for half an hour, spray one side (front side) with adhesive and use the same technique to attach a 20"x30" sheet of poster board to the surface of the foam-core sandwich. (Or purchase one of the sheets of foam-core with a colorful surface already attached!)
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not try to save time by purchasing a 1/2" thick sheet of foam-core. We will be using Pinhooks to hold the ornaments and heart baskets; and I can tell you from experience, Pinhooks will not hold well in one thick sheet of foam core. But they WILL hold beautifully in two pieces of 3/16" foam-core sandwiched together with adhesive. This is the key! The sandwich!
3. While making the tissue paper pattern for this tree, I discovered a great way to overcome the fact that I have a terrible time designing a decent looking tree outline!!!
Look closely at the image at the top of the post - the two sides are NOT the same!!! Using an overall triangular outline as a guide, I drew in the "branches" in a kind of wonky short / long series making sure that they did not match from side to side! (Two shorts across form a long.)
The tree pattern takes up almost all of the 30" dimension.
4. Once you are satisfied with your pattern, trace it onto the foam-core.
5. Use your craft knife and following the traced pattern, cut out the tree! (Use a nice shape blade in that craft knife! Learned the hard way!)
And BTW - since the tree is somewhat wonky to begin with, a few wonky lines won't hurt a bit!!!
6. The craft knife actually cuts a nice clean edge. It can be left as is or covered with ribbon if you like. I left one side "naked" and covered the other with ribbon so you could see how they look.
I did not glue the ribbon in place - I secured it to the edges using straight pins, but if you choose to cover the edge with ribbon, I suggest you glue it.
The ribbon does make a nice finished edge.
7. And now all that is left to do is place 24 Pinhooks in the tree! Pinhooks are perfect for this tree. Installation only take seconds! And the project is ready to be decorated with little numbered woven hearts and their candy contents!
Order your Pinhooks here and they will be in your hands well before December 1st. Ordering a bag of 40 is the best value and you will have plenty left over for garlands and lights and strings of greeting cards!
You already know that I am not too crazy about empty Advent Calendars!!! So - I suggest having a set of small ornaments on hand to place on the little Pinhooks as each piece of candy is consumed. Your tree remains pretty and you still have a very clear visual of how many days are left till Santa is due to arrive!
8. Danish woven hearts will not hang properly on the Pinhooks without a bit of help. I came up with two possible solutions to that problem: a raffia loop or…
… a cute little yarn bow!
Or, if you wish, make a set of hang tags, decorate with stamps or felt pen or paint, add a number from 1 to 24 and hang one on each pin hook. Or wrap gold coins or little Hersey's kisses or Dove mini-bars in produce mesh as shown in the previous post. No loops or bows necessary!!
Told you it was easy!!!