Earlier in the summer I attended a tablescaping event as part of the Ikea Autumn/Winter press show. I saw some great Christmas products and knew I would be going to buy some in store. We went to Ikea in October and I was so happy to see they had set up their Christmas displays. I bought quite a few new decorations, a gingerbread house and a lovely wooden tree.
The tree was quite a simple design with 28 branches, each with a small hole at the end to hang a decoration. I thought this would make a great wooden Advent tree so did a bit of a hack to make it into one.
Ikea wooden tree decoration (Vinter 2016 decoration)
Annie Sloan red and green chalk paint
I dis-assembled the wooden tree and removed 4 of the branches so I would have 24 branches, one for each day of Advent.
I couldn’t cut the metal pole running through the tree so instead I cut down the spare branches into small spacers, and then placed 1 below each set of branches. Then I painted the branches in alternate red and green.
I gave each branch two coats of paint to make sure I had painted the top, bottom and sides.
I painted the base, star and trunk of the tree with white acrylic paint and left everything to dry.
Then I assembled the tree. It makes a perfect wooden Advent tree and you could hang anything from the branches – small envelopes containing a different Christmas activity to do each day, a small wrapped gift or vintage number.
I decided to make my own numbered tags, one for each branch, so my children could hang one each day. I used air drying clay and some small number stamps I’ve had for ages.
I love the finished wooden Advent tree. It’s a little bit different and should hopefully last a long time.