Look! This is our advent calendar for this year! Remember last year’s? I liked that a lot, but we thought we’d try something new this year. SO, I made these cute paint poured bottles in cute colours AND I’m going to make a paper flower each day and put it in a jar… until we have 25 cute things and it’s Christmas Day!
I chose colours that reminded me of our camping adventures:
Dark blue for a starry night – Napoleonic Blue
Light blue for the sea – Duck Egg Blue
Yellow for the sand – Arles
Pink for the twilight – Antoinette
Bright green for the grassy bits – Antibes Green
Dark green for the bushy bits – Florence
The paint is watered down to make it easier to pour, so keep that in mind when you choose your colours – they won’t be as vivid as the paint samples promise. Instead, they’ll be a more serene version of themselves!
Here’s how I paint-poured the bottles and made our advent calendar…
How To Make Paint-Poured Bottles
You will need:
Cute little bottles (25 if you are making an advent calendar!)
Paint sample pots in colours you love – I used Chalk Paint (it’s from the Annie Sloan people!)
Some plastic cups and plastic spoons/knives/utensil for mixing
Some paper towel for cleanups
A nice clear space to work in
A jug of water for thinning your paint
1. Tip some paint carefully into a plastic cup. Add a slosh of water to thin the paint a little. There is no hard and fast rule, but err on the side of LESS water (you can always add more if the paint is not runny enough!) Mix well with a plastic spoon or knife.
2. Next, pour the paint into your bottle. Be careful not to get it on the outside of the bottle. (If you do, quickly wipe it off!)
3. Turn the bottle slowly and let the paint run all over the inside of it (trying not to spill any!) Once it’s covered, turn it upside down over your mixing cup and let the excess drain out.
4. Tip the bottle right way up and wipe the rim of any excess paint. Also clean up any spills on the outside of the bottle.
5. Allow to dry overnight (or for longer if you accidentally left a bit too much paint inside!)
6. Make a paper flower each day and pop it in to count down to Christmas day… or any day that is special to you!
Use decoratively as you please!
What kind of advent calendar do you have this year?