Cre­ate thought­ful hand­made gifts

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If you are look­ing for a new out­let for your cre­ative en­ergy, or sim­ply want to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways to up­cy­cle us­ing met­als, here’s an idea.

This Ad­vent tree takes the pres­sure off making an Ad­vent cal­en­dar year af­ter year; once it’s made, it will be­come a fam­ily fa­vorite, reap­pear­ing with dif­fer­ent treats for years to come. Lay out 25 buck­ets with 2 1/2inch open­ings onto a board in a tri­an­gu­lar tree shape, and cut the board to fit. Paint the board white, or your pre­ferred color, and let dry. Start at the base, line up five buck­ets, and at­tach each one to the wood at the top of the bucket with a sheet metal screw and screw gun. Once the tree is com­plete, add num­bers from 1 to 25 start­ing at the top with scrap­book num­ber stick­ers. Fill the buck­ets with a va­ri­ety of treats: candy, small toys, a note or poem, a tree dec­o­ra­tion, what­ever suits.

Deb­bie Travis

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