I like to keep up with what is a bestseller on Etsy and I have discovered retro mid century items a very popular. I was inspired to make this retro inspired advent calendar after I saw an Ebay auction with vintage green buttons.
After I got the idea I found this metal platter at Goodwill for $4.00 because it had a red sticker….50%off day. I spray painted it a nice avocado green.
It was fun to decide on the iconic details that say Retro Atomic Mid-Century. I found the scrapbook paper on Etsy and purchased the digital download printing the design in pink, green and blue. Then I cut strips to form the tree.
It took more time than I care to admit to make these numbers! They were attached with glue stick.
Next, I used hot glue to attach strong magnets to each button.
I found some Retro Sparkle font to say Merry Christmas.
Next I printed out a Retro Cat clip art image and used Mod Podge to attach it.
Finally, the last iconic image was the sparkles. I grabbed the wrong pen when I drew the sparkles on the tray and had to go over each line with a permanent marker. I think the sparkles definitely add to the ambiance of the Retro Atomic Mid-Century vibe.
I imagine this advent calendar hanging in a pink kitchen brightening a retro lovers holiday!