I've spent what feels like weeks making this year's advent calendar so I'm really pleased to be able to finally photograph it and post about it today - hooray! I really love it, probably more than the children.
The idea for it came from wanting to create a pretty snow scene for our Christmas cake. The decorations I found were all a bit boring so I searched model railway websites and found miniature wonderfulness at every turn! There were so many lovely figures to choose from, it gave me the idea of creating an advent calender using different miniature winter activities.
I'm behind finishing it because I had trouble trying to replicate ground snow. I initially tried white paper with wadding on the top, which looked good but the figures wouldn't stand upright. Then I tried spray replica snow but it was fiddly and messy. I finally settled on white glitter paper which works really well and hides the white tack used to hold the figures down. I painted cocktail sticks white and made little number flags from brown paper. For ideas of what I put inside each box see last year's advent calendar here.
The whole scene is made up of 24 glitter card squares each stuck onto a craft box. I rounded the edges of each glitter square and tried to make a little standalone scene for each day, like this one for day 12.