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 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 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.)