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How to: make a tin can advent calendar

This is one of our favourite projects – it’s a fabulous way to upcycle tins and there’s plenty of room to fit sweets and treats in for each day! The perfect start to a homemade Christmas.

You will need:

Old tin cans

Newspaper/dust sheets

PlastiKote Twist & Spray in White Gloss and Bright Red Gloss

PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel Brush On in Black

Small paint brush

Sweets and treats

Tissue paper and ribbon to decorate

Step by step how to

How to:

  • Make sure the tin cans are clean and dry.
  • Spread newspaper/dust sheets out in a well-ventilated working area or preferably outside.
  • Apply two to three coats of PlastiKote Twist & Spray, spraying half the cans in White and half in Red. Allow 5–10 minutes between coats.
  • The cans will be touch dry in 30-50 minutes and thoroughly dry in 2-3 hours.
  • When the cans are completely dry, use PlastiKote Fast Dry Enamel Brush On in Black to paint the numbers 1 – 24 on the cans.
  • Fill with little gifts, promise notes or sweet treats.
  • Top with tissue paper, tie up with ribbon and enjoy the countdown to Christmas!

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