I've always wanted to make an advent calendar, and this year I've committed to making three - yes THREE - of them! I want to share the first one with you today:
I've been itching to mosaic lately, and decided that this was a perfect project to break out (no pun intended) the red and green plates and get going.
First I found an 7" x 10" unfinished framed chalkboard at Woodworks, Ltd. and started gluing on the broken plate pieces. For this type of project, I like the finished frame to look more chunky & rustic, and so I used larger pieces and let them hang over the sides of the wood. I attached a teacup handle to use as a hook for hanging the chalk.
Next I grouted with an off-white color to further the rustic feeling of the finished piece, and then used a paint pen to write "Countdown To Christmas" on the top of the board, and do some doodling.
To incorporate the "Tis The Season" beads from Prima Beads, I coiled and flattened dark green artistic wire, carefully drilled holes through the grout, tapped in some nails and wound the wire ends around the nails after hanging the pre-made bead charms to the loops in the wire.
For a final touch, I attached some beads to the ribbon holding the chalk as well:
I usually like to make my own charms, but these look great and saved me SO much time! They come in a huge variety of colors and sizes, and are super-cute!
I am so happy with how the final piece came out. Simple and sweet, and a great way to keep track of the days until Santa comes with your family!
While I was in the mosaic-ing mood, I made a couple of star ornaments using the same process:
Come back to see more projects through the month using "Tis The Season" beads from Prima Beads
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