|Instead of having an advent calendar, why not make yourself a Countdown To Christmas calendar?|
You will need:
|Take your piece of cardboard box card, and draw Santa on it - just like Neil has here.|
A good tip is to draw the face first, then the nose, moustache and mouth. Then, add the hat, beard, coat,boots and arms.
Don't forget to draw Rudolph by his side!
|Next, you need to draw two big speech bubbles like the ones you see in comics.|
Draw a big round one for Santa, and then a big round one for Rudolph. Make them as big as you can!
|Cut them out, and you’ll have something that looks like this.|
|Next, you need to paint using poster or acrylic paint.|
Use a nice bright red for Santa's clothes, jet black for his boots, and bright white for the speech bubbles.
Make Santa’s beard a nice bright white too, or alternatively stick on some cotton wool.
|When you’ve finished, you’ll have something that looks like this.|
|To turn this into a Countdown To Christmas calendar, take a black marker and write the words "I’m Coming" in Santa’s bubble. Then add the words"in" and "days," remembering to leave a gap between both words.|
|Now the clever bit!|
Draw around Rudolph’s speech bubble onto a piece of sticky back plastic.
|Then roughly draw in the rest of Rudolph on the sticky back plastic.|
You could do this by tracing the picture.
|Cut out the sticky back plastic, then peel off the backing very carefully, and place it down over Rudolph’s speech bubble.|
|Now all you have to do is just write in the number of days until Christmas.|
Remember to use a felt tip pen, non-permanent or dry-wipe marker so that you can rub off and change the number as the days go by.
|You can stick some string on the back so you can hang it up in your bedroom!|
|And there you have it - a Countdown To Christmas calendar.|
Try it yourself!