Type tray turned Advent calendar.
Although the countdown has not begun yet (we still have 58 days!) we are ready.
I found this simple type tray at United House Wrecking in Stamford, CT.
They have all kinds of unusual items for the home; furniture, decor, memorabilia.
Clearly it used to hold letters for some sort of printmaker.
But it was a bit boring. And I figured out the 48 spots would make a perfect Advent calendar.
Any candy will do but the kisses fit so perfectly.
I can't take all the credit for the kisses idea, Beckie over at Infarrantly Creative makes countdown kisses calendars for nearly every holiday:
image from Infarrantly Creative
Click here to see Beckie's how to countdown calendar.
The kisses sit perfectly on each little shelf ready to be eaten:
Here's how I made the calendar:
1. Sand off visible writing. Cover outer edge with painters tape.
2. Paint four sides inside each box and background of every other box:
3. Remove painters tape, sand top surface edges of all box dividers to remove messy paint:
3. Cut scrapbook paper pieces to fit boxes:
4. Apply mod podge to background of box, place scrapbook paper into box, cover with mod podge.
5. Using vinyl rub on numbers line up and rub into place in red background boxes.
6. Fill with kisses.
My kids already ate this batch of kisses so we'll be getting fresh ones before Dec. 1.
A very easy transformation into something fun and functional.
One last side by side:
Ready for the countdown to begin.
I'm linking up to:
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic