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 and 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 candy
As you can see in this picture, my little boy is helping his daddy with the glue:
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! 🙂 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“:
.23 little boxes from the “dollar store” for $1.00/each (23 days of December)
.1 medium box from the “dollar store” for $1.50 (24 day of December)
.1 larger box from the “dollar store” for $2.00 (25 day of December)
. 1 sample of red paint for $4.99 each from “Home Depot”
. 1 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)
. 1 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!) 🙂
.Start by painting the 25 boxes in the colors you choose and let them dry for 1 hour
. Paint the plywood piece in the color you choose (mine is white). Note: because we didn’t use a “primer”, we had to paint it 4 times to make sure the white stood out
. 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
. Is your glue ready? yes! OK! , once you decided on your layout, start gluing the boxes to the plywood piece:
. Number each box for the 25 days of December until Christmas, I choose to paint mine with leftover white paint found in my garage:
. 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!!!
We are thinking of hanging the calendar in our living room but we haven’t figured our where yet! 🙂
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! 🙂
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!