TWENTY THURSDAYS DAY ‘TILL CHRISTMAS // MIY Advent Calendar

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I love Advent calendars. I posted an MIY a few weeks ago but I realize it was a pretty involved project. This advent calendar took me less than two hours to make!

I made it out of an old wooden bottle crate that I bought at a flea market. I have seen these crates in red, green yellow and raw wood. The crates cost about $25 but you can buy a new Coca-cola one at Wayfair.

I bought a green one because I want to use it in our home throughout the year.

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The first thing you need to do is measure the opening between the wooden slats. Try to find a box with a 2 1/2″ opening as the tins I used work really well.

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Here is what you need:

  • wooden crate
  • three sheets of holiday themed scrapbook paper
  • metal tins
  • rubber stamps, #0 – 9
  • ink stamp pad
  • spray adhesive

I ordered the tins online from U-line. They are very inexpensive.2b1c5d0e-141c-48ca-b506-a182254f3b43

Make a pattern for the ends of the round tins and trace and cut out 24 circles. I used random amounts as I didn’t want anything to be symmetrical.d593ed37-4f50-4666-8a2d-8e29fdac742b-1401cd6df-42ae-4dc9-ac53-ae76d82f3139

I laid out all 24 circles and came up with a pattern that I liked. 23e4ea96-0dac-4194-b698-1979dbad0a12-1

Stamp the numbers 1 – 24 on the round cutouts of paper.

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Next, you need to spray the back of each circle and then attach it to each lid. Spread out newspaper to protect everything and spray a small group with the adhesive. Be sure to replace the newspaper each time so that the cut circles don’t get sticky.

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Attach to the tins by rubbing gently.

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Place each tin in the crate. You can choose the treat to put in each tin!

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Thanks to simplysuburbanwithrach.blogspot.com for the inspiration!

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2 thoughts on “TWENTY THURSDAYS DAY ‘TILL CHRISTMAS // MIY Advent Calendar

  1. I did something similar except I spray painted little boxes with chalk paint and glued a magnet to the back and attached them to a metal board framed in old wood. I love your idea. It has an elegance to it.

  2. Loved this so much I made two with my daughter and gifted one to my dear sister! Not having stamps on hand we used some stickers for the numbers instead. Thank you for the inspiration.

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