Thursday, October 27, 2011

"T" is for Type

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
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Tuesday Timeout @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
Before & After @ Thrifty Decor Chic
Weekly Challenge @ The CSI Project
The DIY Show Off


  1. So nice Jaime - you always do such a fabulous job too!

  2. Now I'll be on the lookout for a type tray of some kind! Love it!


  3. I love this, Jaime! What a great idea for this tray and it worked out perfectly!

  4. What a great find and a neat idea! Definitely something the kids will cherish for years.

  5. That's adorable. I love the stripes in teh background of every second square.

  6. What a perfect advent calendar!!! I hope you will link up with me here:

  7. This is just fabulous! I recently sold a printer's tray and now wish I had kept it.

  8. Really cute idea, love it! Stopping by from {lolly jane boutique}

  9. This is so beautiful! I love how it turned out. Hard to believe Christmas is around the corner


  10. This is such a great idea for a countdown, looks wonderful!

  11. Love it! I think I have an old golf ball shelf and it would be perfect for something like this! Thanks for the idea!

  12. soooo cute!!! i love how simple it is!!! thanks for sharing!

  13. I love advent calendars. You always come up with the cutest ideas, Jaime, even if you borrow them.

  14. I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Party!


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  15. Love this! We would love to have one in our home!

  16. This project turned out great! I'd love for you to share this at my Christmas Craft Tutorial Link Party going on through the month of November at Project Queen.

  17. Love your countdown calendar. I have been looking to make something similar. Great find. I would love for you to stop by and link up to my party. It's going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  18. This is so great! If I had a type tray, I would so be making one, too!

  19. I love this...such a cute advent calendar. I'm your newest follower from the 36th Ave. blog party. I'd love you to stop by my blog & follow along too!

  20. What a great project! I love your taste. Happy to have found your blog :)

  21. WOW - I am in LOVE with this.. You did A FAB job.. LOVE LOVE it : )) Super adorable, the color's are so pretty. I have a Pin Inspirational party happening today I'll love for you to link this too please :)) TY ..Wishing you an awesome day :)) ..M

  22. This is beautiful! Found you through CSI!

  23. This is great! I love the kisses! What a perfect box to use for couldn't have planned it better!

  24. Great colour scheme - I really love this!

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