12/03/2012

Advent Calendar

I really, really wanted to make an advent calendar for Soren last year, but I never got around to it. This year I set out to make it happen. There are so many cute choices out there, and it was hard to narrow my focus down and decide on only one! I talked about some inspirations for the project back here.

Here's what I decided on, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Step One - Find a piece of wood. I happened to find the perfect piece in my basement. It must be one of the original door mouldings, and it was exactly what I had in mind. I cleaned it off, but didn't bother re-painting because I liked the distressed look. I painted 24 clothespins white, then let them dry overnight.
Step Two - I painted the clothespins using red and white paint, trying to achieve a Christmasy look. Let dry overnight.
Step Three - Glue the clothespins to the wood using wood glue. I measured the board and divided by 24, so the pins would be evenly spaced.

Step Four - Assemble the presents for the Advent Calendar. I originally wanted to use reusable jute bags, but they were a bit over my budget at Michaels, so I just used tiny brown paper bags. I used a stencil to paint on the numbers 1 through 24. Using twine, I tied them in loops to attach to the clothespins.

Step Five - Hang it on the wall!

Step Six - Watch Soren's face FILL with delight when he came downstairs and saw it on December first. (When these pictures were taken I hadn't quite filled up all the bags with treats. I'll make sure to have them filled in in time for the opening day! So far the treats have included raisins, teddy grahams, and mini ornaments.) Linking up with Jellibean Journalstatertotsandjello, houseofhepworths, ShabbyNest, and Dare to DIY!

14 comments :

Christi said...

Oh, this turned out great! :)

Tarabelle said...

Looks great!

Tara

http://tarabelle-adropofink.blogspot.com/

Yelle said...

Looks so lovely! I love that you made it yourself, it's so much more special that way!

Courtney Cakes said...

What a neat idea!!!
You've left me very inspired!
:)

la petite lulu said...

It looks great, especially with the Christmas sign & lights around it - good job! Found your blog via the jellibean journals link up :)

Franziska said...

These are adorable! I made sure to pin for future ideas :)

Jelli said...

How pretty! I saw a clothespin wreath online with little circle day numbers attached, and planned to DIY it too. Unfortunately, I only got as far as printing the activities for the day one the back of the circles, but at least we've got something. Love your pretty tag calendar. I sure wish I'd had time to make one this year.

Sharon @ Lilikoi Joy said...

That turned out great! I love all the different designs on the clothes pins, and the MOLDING! Very creative. :) Sharon

Kathy Moody said...

Oh, these look so yummy!! I want some now. :) I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! So happy to have you share.

Kathy

Roni Lowe said...

Ummm... This is genius! And it turned out super cute!

Lindsey @ lindseyjane.com said...

Love this idea! I like that you can pack it away and reuse everything next year!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is awesome! And such a clever take on the advent calendar.

Thank you so much for linking up to Dare to DIY!

Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

This looks terrific! Love it and you can re-use this next year. So awesome!

DecorandtheDog said...

This is seriously one of my favorite advent calendars. Seriously. It's classy yet whimsical. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!