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How to Make a Vintage Garland Advent Calendar

Linen, ribbon and vintage printables come together in this advent calendar, which is sure to become a family tradition.

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Cut Pockets

Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut each piece of linen into four equal parts (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") (Image 1). Trim pieces to center graphics, leaving at least a 1/4-inch border (Image 2). Pair the printed pieces of linen with blank pieces of linen (Image 3).

Paint Numbers

Mix equal parts red and burnt umber acrylic craft paint (Image 1). Use a 1.0 liner brush to paint numbers 1-25 in the corner of each pocket (Image 2). Allow paint to dry. Tip: Sketch numbers lightly with a pencil prior to painting.

Glue Raw Edge

Apply no-fray glue to the top edge of each pocket (Image 1). Fold down the freezer paper to act as a stand as the glue dries (Image 2). Tip: Some no-fray glues can cause ink to run. To prevent this, pour glue onto a paper plate and dip very top edge of each pocket into the glue for a more controlled application.

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