Only a few weeks and already the first door can be opened. So that you are perfectly prepared, today we will show you how to bring the winter forest home with all its inhabitants and create an animal advent calendar.
One of the most beautiful things in the Christmas season is the advent calendar, which not only awakens the anticipation of Christmas, but also sweetens the pre-Christmas season. For this reason, we show you how to make an animal Advent calendar, which already prepares for crafting joy.
Animal advent calendar
24 folding cartons from the craft shop (4 x 8 x 10 cm)
different colored construction paper
Felt-tip pens (brown, black, pink)
a black fineliner
a glue stick
if necessary sticker with the numbers 1-24
Instructions for our DIY advent calendar:
First, you take your paper of different colors and draw with a circle 24 circles. This one cuts her out and labels her with the numbers 1-24. It is best to use a black marker, so your children can recognize the numbers later. Alternatively, you can also use Advent calendar number stickers from the craft store.
In the next step, you fold all 24 boxes together and stick the numbers in portrait or landscape format on the back of your boxes.
Now come the animal faces. Here you can let your creativity run free. I chose animals from the forest and therefore added a few more fir trees. If you need a bit of help with crafting, here is the guide for the individual motifs of our Winter Forest Advent Calendar:
The described rectangles always form the background of the animal's face and in the following always have the dimensions of the front of your box (in my case 8 x 10 cm). Always remember to draw a little more on the ears, antlers, tail and feet, as these parts contain an adhesive surface.
For the hedgehog, draw a rectangle and two small hedgehog feet on a light brown cardboard. Then she draws about 20 triangles measuring 2 x 2 x 2 cm on dark brown or black cardboard. Once done, you can cut everything. Now, first the feet, then the rectangle then the triangles are glued to the box. Finally, paint a cute hedgehog face and finished the hedgehog.
The fir tree
On a dark green paper, draw a fir tree with a pencil that fits the size of your box and cut it out. Next, cut out a small rectangle of dark brown construction paper that will become the trunk of the tree. Now stick the trunk and then the Christmas tree on your box. If you like, you can decorate it with colorful dots so that it looks like a Christmas tree.
The wild boar
Draw a rectangle for the boar on light-brown construction paper that is the size of the front of your box and two pointed ears. Next you draw an oval on dark brown paper and two tusks on white paper for the nose. Now you cut everything and glue the items together. First, stick the ears to the upper front of the box, then stick the light brown rectangle, the Hauer and the brown oval. Finally, you paint a face for the boar and give the ears a pink touch.
Draw a rectangle on orange paper and two tapered ears. Then draw two smaller ears and two oblong ovals on white paper. Now you cut out everything and adjust the white ovals to the face of the fox and stick them firmly. Now glue the remaining parts together. To do this, glue the little white ears to the big orange ones that attach to the top of the box and then stick the rectangle on. Now the fox to paint two eyes and a nose with black pencil and the fox is done.
For the rabbit you draw a rectangle on light brown paper and two ears. The bunny looks especially cute when you paint a floppy ear. Cut out the drawings and stick the ears first and then the rectangle. Then paint the face.
Draw a rectangle on white paper and additionally two round ears. Cut these out and glue first the ears and then the rectangle on the box. Now you draw your face. It's best to take a pencil and then paint it with a black marker.
For the bear, paint a rectangle and two round ears on dark brown paper. Then she draws two smaller ears and an oval on light brown paper. Cut out everything and now glue the items together. Assemble the ears, glue them to the box and then stick the dark brown rectangle and then the light brown oval as a muzzle. Now paint the bear a face.
Draw a rectangle and two round ears on black cardboard and cut them out. Draw on white paper a small round snout, two small circles for the eyes and the stripe of the skunk and cuts out these too. Now stick everything back in the following order: ears, rectangle, stripes, nose and eyes. Finally, the eyes still provided with black dots and paint a black nose.
For the raccoon, she draws a rectangle on light gray paper and two pointed ears on dark gray paper. Cut these out and stick your ears and rectangle on your box. Now you draw the border of the Waschbäraugen on this paints black. Next, draw your muzzle on pink paper, cut it out and glue it on. The snout may overlap the eye border a bit. Finally, paint the nose and eyes.
For the owl, paint a rectangle and two small triangles (the ears) on light brown construction paper. Draw two circles for the eyes with the compass on white paper. Draw a check on orange paper. Cut out everything and stick on: ears, rectangle, eyes and check as a beak. Now paint the face of the owl: To do this, paint around the white circles a thick brown border and the eyes two black circles. Attention to the pupils leave two small white spots free.
On orange cardboard a rectangle, two pointed ears, as well as the tail paint and cut. Now on a light brown paper the snout and on white paper the teeth and eyes draw and cut. Next, assemble and glue the pieces together – first the ears and tail, then the rectangle, the teeth, and finally the eyes and snout. Now paint the ears and nose with a brown felt-tip pen, as well as with a black fineliner's eyes. If you like, you can give it a fluffy tail with a red fineliner structure.
For the reindeer, draw a rectangle on dark brown construction paper and cut it out. Then paint and cut out two pointed ears, the antlers, the muzzle and the strip between the eyes on light brown paper. Now put the pieces together: To do this, first stick the antlers and ears to the box, then stick on the stiffeners and the muzzle. With a black felt pen you draw the bear a nose. Finally cut out two circles from white cardboard, stick them on and draw in the eyes with a black fineliner.
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