The minute I saw the Pottery Barn Gilt Galvanized Advent Calendar in their Christmas catalog I knew I had to make my own version. Theirs was $159, way over my budget for Christmas decor.
We are hosting Thanksgiving this year so I don’t want any Christmas decorations up until at least the dinner is over. 🙂 I figured I better post this well in advance of December 1 in case anyone wanted to make it.
Items you’ll need:
1. 25 favor sized buckets. I found mine three for $1 at Dollar Tree (this is FAR cheaper than Michaels or Oriental Trading). Take the handle off to make it easier to hang.
2. Trim boards to surround the plywood. I bought an unfinished $1.49 / linear foot from Home Depot. It was about $12.50ish total.
3. Plywood. We had a super thin piece left over from another project with the dimensions 18″ x 24″. If I had a bigger piece I would have used that though… I wish this was a little wider and taller.
4. Flat head push pins. Mine were from Target for $3. I used only a 1/4 of the package.
5. Tags and string for the numbers. I had mine on hand.
6. Spray paint, paint for the background, stain for the trim and gold wax for the trim.
Your first step is to get the buckets ready to spray paint. Remove the handles from them.
After this your will cut the plywood to the size you want, paint the plywood and then make the corresponding frame. AJ cut the frame with four miter cuts at right angles. He screwed the boards into the plywood. I tried hot gluing them. Don’t do it. They kept falling off. 🙂 After securing your boards stain them. I used Jacobean stain I had left over from other projects and then after that dried, about 24 hours, finished it up with a coat of Country Chic Paint’s Gold Wax. It gave such a slight sheen but made it look a little more special.
I’m not sure what the set up will be on this side of the room when it’s actually time to decorate, or how we’re going to fill it, but it’s been fun noodling on the options. The Advent Calendar is a good size… not too big, not too small. It’s noticeable from across the kitchen and I really want this to be one of our key pieces that we use each year to count down to the birth of Christ.
It was a pain making and cutting each tag out but it turned out well.
There you have it… a relatively easy project that’ll be a sure hit with your family!
Here’s what my $30 Thursday co-hosts whipped up this month:
Shayna, from The Wood Grain Cottage, made some great Thanksgiving place mats:
April, from House by Hoff, shared how to take an old window and make it into a photo display:
What do you think of the Advent Calendar? What do YOU use for your Advent Calendar?