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Rustic Christmas Advent calendar

by: Jo

Rustic Christmas Advent calendar
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McGeeky loves to attend yard sales to look for retro computer equipment. Sometimes, he finds something odd and brings it home to me to try and create something. Recently he brought me a wooden piece that was used to hold flower pots at a local nursery. When I noticed it had 24 holes in it… it sure looked like an Advent calendar to me!

I decided to saw off the back part because it wasn’t needed and made the whole piece bigger than necessary.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

My plan was to fill the holes with large jars, and quickly realized I needed to make sure the jars didn’t slip all the way through. I re-used some wood from the part I cut off and cut it to size to fit behind each row of holes.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

Since these pieces fit tightly and wouldn’t be supporting any weight, just knocking them into position with a hammer held them in place.

16 ounce jars fit perfectly into the holes. The lids that came with the ones I bought were white and I wanted them black. No problem for a little spray paint!

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

I really liked the rustic look of the wood so I just cleaned it up and sealed it with a spray matte sealer.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

To match the rustic feel, I chose some plaid scrapbook paper to decorate the lids. I cut 24 circles that were a little bit smaller than the lids.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

Every Advent calendar needs numbers and I cut mine out of white cardstock, using my Silhouette cutting machine.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

I used double-sided tape to attach the paper circles to the lids. That way, after Christmas, I can easily remove them. I’m thinking I might turn the whole thing into an organizer for my kitchen or craft room.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

My Xyron sticker maker worked well to quickly turn the paper numbers into stickers I could easily apply.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

I filled each jar with a fun present for McGeeky. It isn’t often he gets to be the sole recipient of an Advent calendar, and I thought this masculine advent calendar was just right for him.

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

If you like this project but don’t have a wooden plant holder around, you could easily make the same thing by building out a wooden box and using a hole saw to cut the holes. That way, you could make your holes the size you want to accommodate any type of jar.


Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar

Rustic Christmas Advent calendar
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    Jamie 11/27/2017 at 2:41 pm

    This is such a cute advent calendar!

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