Advent DIY canvas

Welcome to Any Occasion! Today I’m sharing how I created our families advent calendar this year. In the past I’ve done a mailbox, brown paper bags or a little decorated drawer. This year I wanted to down size the hanger style advent calendar. I searched for lots of ideas, but nothing struck me until I was looking around my studio looking for pieces I could use. I had this 16×20 canvas…YES! I’ve wanted to put paint on it for a while now and just didn’t know what direction I wanted to take it. Advent it is! 
First off I started off by choosing two paint colors and got out my brush. You’ll also need a sealer. I used Claudine Hellmuth’s matte medium to seal it in the end. 
I randomly squirted the two paints onto the canvas and in long strokes spread it up and down. Once I got started I found that I needed two brushes. I feathered the colors together in streaks. The gold shines so nicely. I wish it had photographed better. 
After sealing the whole thing and letting it dry over night. I created row with twine. I pulled out my SRM glassine bags in two sizes and one larger kraft bag from SRM as well. I decorated them with a variety of stickers and numbers and closed them with Washi tape. I adorned them with gemstones and pearls to finish. Once I was ready I used a tiny hole punch to string them together in rows. 
I used a staple gun to attach the twine to the canvas. Lastly I added glitter letter stickers to the top. I kept it simple with “25 Days”. 

Here are some detailed shots of the calendar. Inside each bag is a slip of paper that says either an activity to do, place to go, or thing to do. Some are crafts and some are random acts of kindness. We try to teach our kids that Christmas isn’t just about getting gifts. It’s so much more.

They have loved opening one each day to see what is planned. We’re playing catch up now and will be visiting Santa, making treats for friends and donating items this week. I hope you give something like this a try next year. Pin it so you don’t forget.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I’ll have more for you later in the week. happy Wednesday! 


  1. Wow, this turned out just stunning. I love the idea. Thanks for the inspiration. tfs Patricia B

  2. Fabulous project, Latrice!