Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Christmas is my absolutely favorite time of year.  From mid-September, I start dreaming of my Christmas decorations and start to think about what this year’s Advent Calendar will look like.  Last year, our Advent Calendar was a frame with little envelopes for each day.  I wanted to do something a little different this year and, after a brainstorming session with Mathlete, we came with the idea of a Christmas tree Advent Calendar.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar with label_wm

We took a trip the hardware store and picked up a few pieces of wood.  We had them cut the wood there to make it less messy at home.  The largest width is 36″ and then it tapers in to 6″ at the top.  A single board runs down the middle to hold all of the pieces together.
back of advent tree_wm I had Mathlete sand it down for me outside so I could paint it.  {this is pre-sanded}
Advent Tree put together_wm Once it was all painted, Mathlete pre-drilled little holes for us to twist the gold hooks into.
Advent Tree Holes_wm Side view of Advent Tree hooks_wm We hung the tree on the wall.  Then, I wrote the days of month on a mixture of red and gold ornaments to hang on the Advent Calendar.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Ornaments_wm We made extra little ring hooks so we could more easily get the ornaments on and off of the gold hooks on the calendar.  Mathlete used some of my small gold wire and wrapped it around a pen.  Then, he cut it with wire cutters to make the little hooks that we perfect for ornaments.
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar side of ornaments_wm
I love how it looks hanging on the wall and can’t wait until December 1st so we can start using it. We’ll just turn the ornaments around to the solid side once the day passes.

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Side View_wm
Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Angled View_wm Christmas Tree Advent Calendar with Ornaments_wm My kids are so excited about getting to start counting down.  I think they might try to start early and just turn the ornaments around more than once.

Do you make an Advent Calendar each year? If so, how do you count down towards Christmas?

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  1. I love your advent calendar! When the kids were small we used to have an advent calendar but now that they are grown we no longer have one although we still do light our advent candles every day during the Christmas season.
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  2. It is incredible the things one can create with just a few items that are easily found at a local home improvement store.
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  3. Shannah, I love this! It looks great on the wall and I especially like the bow!
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  4. I really like this. I have the post pinned so I can make it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. ‘What a creative Advent Calendar. We have not done one since my kids were little. I think we might re-introduce this holiday tradition. I think this would be a fun craft for my mom and me.
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  6. Love this Advent Calendar. It’s so simple and sparkly!
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  7. This is a super cute idea! I love the way it turned out. We have not done an Advent calendar in the past, but I think we are going to introduce this tradition this year.
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  8. wow, LOVE this!! its so lovely and the hooks are the perfect solution for hanging the ornaments… I was wondering when I saw the first photo! I’m pinning this :o) Emily
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  9. I love this! And the directions make it look like it is so do-able, even by those of us who don’t know a nut from a bolt!
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  10. This is so pretty and great directions, Shannah! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful day!
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  11. I do not make one but I have a couple friends that do! I will share this idea with them!
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  12. How cute! Pinning.
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  13. What an awesome idea! I love this!
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  14. What a beautiful diy gift idea! I love this, and wish I could make it!
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  15. you are super creative!! that’s adorable.
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  16. This is adorable!!! We love advent calendars and this would be easy to make!
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  17. That is so cute! I love it! It is chic, slick and stylish! And a lot of fun as far as advent calendars go!
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  18. What a wonderful idea, I love that! Thanks for sharing how you made this, I’d love to make one for my family too! Neato!
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  19. I love your calendar! I am so ready to decorate for Christmas this year!
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  20. This is such a cute calendar! We have an advent calendar from when my children were young that we dig out every year.
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  21. I love how clean and modern looking it is. And no candy! Great idea!
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  22. What a great idea. I love that it is handmade, adding a personalized touch!

  23. Fantastic idea pinning to my advent board!

  24. That is such a creative idea and I really like how you added those extra rings to make them easier to maneuver. This is so cool!
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  25. I love this, Shannah! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it today on the Daily Blog Boost–pinning! :)

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  26. So cute! Looks like a Jingle Bell Christmas Tree . . . fun, fun advent calendar.

  27. katherine bartlett says:

    This is such a great idea! I’m totally loving it!

  28. That’s very pretty! And looks fairly easy to make. I don’t like the one I made last year. I think I’ll try to do this.

  29. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day.
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  30. Love your Advent Tree! Thanks for linking to Whimsy Wednesday! I featured you in this weeks roundup! You can see the post here

    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  31. WOW! I absolutely LOVE this and want to make one for our house!
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  32. Every year we make an advent calender but never thought of this cute idea.The advent calender in Christmas tree shape is quite fascinating. I would love to give it try for this year Christmas.Thanks !!

  33. Add little slips of paper into each ornament that tell the kids where to look for a gift that you’ve hidden in the house… they get to look for and enjoy a little gift each day.


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