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Advent Christmas Calendar

Advent Calendar for Christmas countdown

Hello Guys,

This is a Christmas gift, I made for our little family this year: a DIY Christmas Tree Calendar.

At this time of the year, we see so many of these calendars every where, but I always liked those really big ones we see displayed at the stores. Last year, I almost bought one for our family, but it was too expensive and decided to wait for the “Christmas decoration-liquidation days”, but I was so sick, I missed out on all these specials. So, this year, I will not be waiting for any “liquidation” or “specials”, I made my own andย I LOVE IT!

I love it for different reasons:

– it was a DIY project made for and with our little family

– my son, loves it

– my son is curious about it and wants to open the little boxes (not yet!)

– it is a special Christmas tree that we intend to keep in our family for a while

– everyday for the next 25 days of Christmas, I will get to see my son’s face light up when he will open a box and find a toy or candyย 

As you can see in this picture, my little boy is helping his daddy with the glue:

Nat and daddy helping mommy decorate the Christmas calendar tree

note: I wanted to write this post before December 1 st, in case any of you would like to re-create something similar this year!

I hope you guys, will love it as much as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have to admit it was fun and easy creating it! (it took us 1 week to complete it)

Please, let me share with you the tools I used and the simple steps to create your own “Christmas calendar“:

Tools:

.23ย little boxes from the “dollar store” for $1.00/each (23 days of December)

.1ย medium box from the “dollar store” for $1.50 (24 day of December)

.1ย larger box from the “dollar store” for $2.00 (25 day of December)

.ย 1ย sample of red paint for $4.99 each from “Home Depot”

.ย 1ย sample of green paint for $4.99 each from “Home Depot”

Knowing, I wouldn’t need a lot of paint for this project, I decided to buy only samples of the colors of paint I would need (less expensive).

. 1 medium piece of plywood from “Reno-Depot” for $5.49 (got this from the pieces of wood remaining after they cut them, if you can, you should ask at your hardware store if they have any pieces like this, I had fun finding mine, they were so many of them for only $5.49, it’s worth it)

. 1ย No Nails glue (got mine from Reno-Depot)

Guys, these days I prefer going to the hardware store than going shopping for clothing (I can’t believe, I just wrote this, but it’s true!) ๐Ÿ™‚

Steps:

.Start by painting theย 25ย boxes in the colors you choose and let them dry for 1 hour

Painting a Christmas calendar

. Paint the plywood piece in the color you choose (mine is white). ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  Note: because we didn’t use a “primer”, we had to paint it 4 times to make sure the white stood out

Painting plywood

. Place the boxes on top of the plywood piece to create your layout (mine is a Christmas tree), it took me over 1 hour to decide which layout I was going to choose! & get your glue ready

Christmas tree calendar layout

 

.ย Is your glue ready? yes! OK! , once you decided on your layout, start gluing the boxes to the plywood piece:

Gluing boxes for Christmas tree

 

. Number each box for the 25 days of December until Christmas, I choose to paint mine with leftover white paint found in my garage:

Painting December days on Christmas Calendar

. Decorate as much as you want, they way you want to decorate it! I painted a red rectangular frame around it and added it some green and gold glitter, because he’s a boy, I choose not to go with some pink glitter!!!

Christmas Calendar

DIY Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

We are thinking of hanging the calendar in our living room but we haven’t figured our where yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

We bought him, 25 candys and toys, one for each day and to keep these memories forever, I decided I will be taking a picture of him everyday for the 25 days of December and add a little story of how he reacted to the surprise, one day I will print these out and give it to him as a little memory book. I will remember this Christmas forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

Guys, if you have created something similar for the holidays even if it’s not a Christmas calendar, please share it, I would love to see it !

Thanks again for stopping by!

Ingrid

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  • memyselfandkids says:

    Enjoy the holidays. Don’t rush them – you’ll miss them when they are gone.

    November 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! you are right! ๐Ÿ™‚ Every year, I get to excited at this time of the year! but since I have my son, I try to keep all these memories with pictures and videos and hopefully show them to him when he will be a man! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm
  • petit4chocolatier says:

    Wow, you did a wonderful job! Looks incredible. I use to love the countdown calendars when my children were younger. All that anticipation!! You worked hard on this and it shows : )

    November 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      It’s very nice of you to say Judy! thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait for the countdown to start ๐Ÿ™‚ It took us a week but was worth it for our little boy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm
  • ADetailedHouse says:

    I am OBSESSED with this!!!! What a fabulous idea!!! I have an advent calendar that was given to me by my mother, but I love this one!!! And just after I came back from the Dollar Store for my project!! Back again ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much! and thanks for stopping by my blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ You should definitely go to back to the dollar store, it was long to do but easy and worth it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm
  • thebestdressup says:

    ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

    November 25, 2012 at 3:36 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Ciao! Ciao! Thanks & Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 25, 2012 at 10:52 am
  • A Twist of Couture says:

    So cute!

    November 26, 2012 at 10:37 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much & Thanks for stopping by!

      November 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm
  • ourlifeinaction says:

    I love it! I need to do something like that – my little man keeps asking if tomorrow is christmas….at this rate it will make for a very long month. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    November 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you, glad you loved it! I love it too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure you will enjoy your little guy asking for Christmas day every day ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm
  • Leah says:

    This looks great! I love that you made the entire thing with your family! I also love how BIG it is. Great job & Happy Holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 27, 2012 at 8:23 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Leah! ๐Ÿ™‚ & yes it was fun making it together! we decided to leave it next to our dining table, we can look at it everyday because it’s Big! you should see my son, he gets excited, he thinks it’s a toy! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 27, 2012 at 11:32 am
  • Pillows A-La-Mode says:

    SO clever and beautiful!!! What a lovely tradition for your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 27, 2012 at 9:09 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Katherine! very kind of you, it’s true it’s a lovely tradition to start with my little one! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks again for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 27, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • Uma says:

    I love it.. ๐Ÿ˜€

    November 28, 2012 at 12:17 am
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much! & Thank you for stopping by my blog!

      November 28, 2012 at 12:24 am
  • little poppits says:

    gorgeous, i nominated you for sunshine and beautiful blog awards! xxxxxxxxxxxx

    November 28, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you! & thank you, that’s so sweet of you, I do appreciate your nomination!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will go and look at it! :-)Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm
  • ohlidia says:

    I LOVE this Ingrid! I too am often drooling over really nice “keepsake” advent calendars but are too damn expensive! Yours is definitely a keepsake!

    October 18, 2013 at 9:07 am
    • now at home mom says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks so much Lidia, I’m glad you read this old post ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this advent calendar; it’s big and I loved making it & now I can’t wait to take it out again ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know, I remember seeing some of these big advent calendars at the Bay downtown & they were so expensive ; no way, I’m paying that much! ๐Ÿ™‚

      October 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

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