Well this is it! Last day of the 30 day challenge. I wanted to say thank you so much for following along this entire month, and for all the previous months as well. I’m truly blessed to have such wonderful readers who support me and this blog!! 🙂 As the last day of November, it is only fitting that I show you How to Make an Advent Calendar using Repurposed Materials.
I’ve been wanting to make an Advent Calendar for quite some time now. I knew I wanted to use some blocks that I had cut up from 2″x4″s, but didn’t know quite how I wanted to use them, so away to Pinterest I went. I found two projects that inspired my Advent tree. These calendar blocks from Simply Kierste, and this beautiful tree from Nice People STAMP! Combining these two inspiring projects, I made my own Advent Christmas Tree Calendar using materials I had on hand. I gathered a cabinet door and some old table legs that I thought would work to make this calendar. I also bought some Christmas scrapbooking paper from Michael’s.
Once I had gathered my materials, I sanded everything down, and prepped the legs and cabinet door for stain.
Next I laid out the table legs across the cabinet door to get an idea of where I needed to cut each of the legs in order to have enough shelving space.
I marked where I needed to cut with the miter saw, and I would use the leftover pieces to make the smaller shelves at the top.
Then my husband helped me attach the table legs. I spaced them out and told him where I wanted them on the cabinet door and he attached them. When putting the leg pieces on the cabinet door, he pre-drilled and also made the holes big enough so the screws could be countersunk.
I put wood filler in all the holes, and when it was dry it was sanded to a smooth surface. Then I stained the entire board including the “tree”. I sealed the stain after it was dry. After it sat around a few days being finished, I realized it was a bit too dark, so I painted the front of the tree, and distressed it a little.
The 2″x4″ block scraps were painted red and green, and then at least one side of the blocks was covered with scrapbooking paper using mod podge. Some blocks got 2-3 sides covered in paper. When the blocks were dried I sanded the edges to distress them. The last step was to stencil the numbers to countdown to Christmas. The yellow block is meant to be the star.
I’m still not certain of the aesthetics of this piece, so this may get a revamp for next year; I might try painting the cabinet door and the tree portion a different color. I also really like the idea of doing an activity for everyday as a fun countdown, so I thought about writing out a list of activities on a piece of paper and attaching it to the back of the door, but I haven’t gotten that far, lol. The calendar leans against this chair in our living room.
So what do you think of this Advent calendar? What do you do as a way of counting down to Christmas?
Thanks so much for sharing How to Make an Advent Calendar using Repurposed Materials!!