I know I promised a hedge planting post and some painted cane furniture. I really hoped I'd get both these things done this week, but life got in the way and I had to push these tasks sideways. I did however take some time out to do some crafty things with the Picket Fence Girls.
We made an advent calendar . Very easy , we used , some tin cans, bits and bobs an old door and a glue gun.
First , save 25 cans or buy 25 cans of something cheap you can use and freeze the contents. Tomato soup all round in this house.
Wash them , admire their shiny exteriors and pop them aside.
A salvaged door. Here it is before I painted it with one coat of Dulux Antique White USA.
Some paper numbers. 1- 25
Fabric strips of your choice. Which I then cut into small squares. 25 small squares ;)
Some ticking 25 pieces...about the circumference of the can in length
25 Vintage buttons.
Cut up 25 pieces from a cardboard box. I punched holes in them and then changed my mind and didn't use the holes. Ignore the holes. I covered them with buttons ( a quick fix)
Ready to begin. Heat your glue gun and thread some string through your buttons. Purely decorative.
Drill a biro size hole in the back top area of each can. Or enrol a husband to do same while you photograph his oh so gorgeous hands ;) Thank-you Mr Picket Fence xx
Glue your ticking on the cans.
Get that glue gun out again and stick a piece of cardboard on, followed by a snip of fabric and then on top, stick a number. Glue your button on. I glued my button over my accidentally punched holes :) I think it actually held together more securely because of the holes. A happy accident!
Hang your cans on the louvre door in random order with small sized "s" hooks. To the top, I added a poly resin angel I had tucked away ...you could add whatever makes you smile or just keep it simple and add nothing.
Fill each can with a treat a day to count down until Christmas. We are going to have little scrolls of paper with activities and recipes in each can. Topped off with a wrapped home made toffee, I think it will be quite a countdown, thats if baby Picket Fence doesn't raid every can within reach.
Feeling festive yet ? I'm off to eat soup and dream about planting that hedge . See you soon!! Sharing with Sarah at A Beach Cottage
Picket Fence Fancy is about some of my favourite things, collecting vintage treasure, photographing same , and the endless renovation of our Californian bungalow by the sea. Colourful and often chaotic, I live with my four young children on the beautiful far south coast of NSW Australia . Come on in sit down and share it with me .... because life is so much finer this way :)