Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"T" is for Tree Advent Countdown Calendar

Build: diy wood tree shaped advent calendar

Build a tree shaped advent calendar using wood scraps and little bins to fill with fun gifts.

Their version retails for $179 and yes those baskets are darn cute BUT you can diy this advent calendar for much, much less.

I used all wood scrap pieces and purchased the circular bins for $1 each (@Michaels) so the total cost was $25 to build this diy version.

This makes a nice statement piece with plenty of space to insert small gifts.

How to build a wood tree advent calendar:

Collect 3/4" thick wood scraps.

Step 1: Using all 3/4" stock (pine boards and plywood) start with the longest board at the bottom.  Make a 25 degree miter cut on one end then measure 35" and make another miter cut, not parallel.

Step 2: Continue with the next board making a 25 degree miter cut then line up that board on top of the first board and cut to length.

Step 3: Attach all boards using pocket holes.

Step 4: Attach a scrap piece of plywood down the middle and make hanger with wire. 

Step 5: Stain.  I used Minwax early american.

Step 6: Predrill hole into back of circle bin (found @Michaels).

Step 7: Attach bins to wood tree using lath screws and a bit of wood glue.

Use a yard stick to line up the bins.

Step 8: Continue adding bins to make all the rows.

Step 9: Glue on black glittered cardboard numbers.

Little did we know we were both working on the same exact project but I love how they used the little burlap bags.  Jamison is an engineer so he has very detailed plans you definitely want to check out before you start building.

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. Super cute! You've been busy over there!! I love the projects you're doing, I'm going to have to make something pretty darn soon...

  2. Love it!! I think I may need Rob to get started on this one asap before basketball season starts! :)