advent calendar 2011 (a tutorial)

Seem a little early to start thinking about advent calendars? I thought so too, then I looked at my calendar–15 more days until the “official” countdown begins! I put together a quick and easy advent calendar this year for my little one…let’s take a look, shall we?


balsa wood (found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
twine (I get mine from the Twinery)
mini clothespins
glassine bags
treats to fill bags


This was so easy, and I love the overall simplicity and almost rustic feel of it.
Step 1: Before stamping your wood, you need to cut it and seal it. Why seal it? If you don’t, the ink will bleed and your numbers will be fuzzy (I know-I didn’t seal the first time and didn’t like the results). I used a spray acrylic sealer on my wood after cutting. The reason for this was that I used my paper cutter to cut the wood (this stuff is thin), and thought the sealer might make the wood harder to cut.


After cutting, sealing and stamping…


Step 2: Glue your clothespins (I used hot glue) to the back of each time.
Step 3: Fill your bags, hang your twine, and you’re done!
I filled my bags with Skittles and foam ornaments. We’ll hang the ornaments from a wreath or tree (haven’t decided yet) each morning of Advent.


I’ll post some more advent calendar inspiration next week!


Thanks for reading!linking to:
Tatertots and Jello



  1. So pretty! I guess I thought the wreath above was for the ornaments! An alternative to sealing the wood–and less rustic, so it would take away from the feel of this–is printing or stamping the numbers on vellum and using spray adhesive to adhere to the wood.
    Love this idea.

  2. This is such a great idea! Love it :)

  3. So cute!

  4. I am in love with this idea! Will be pinning this and following your blog :) Found you on the tt&j linky party by the way!

  5. Very clever idea! I love the numbers stamped on the wood. Fabulous! Would love you to come link up at my new Friday Frolic link party! It needs some love:)

  6. That is so cute! I have used balsa wood once before and I really liked the product. I love that you used a paper cutter. I am not sure about power tools yet, haha. I would for you to share this at my link party if you have time. I think my readers would love this as they gear up for holiday decorating. Thanks for sharing!


  7. I love this idea-so simple and pretty!

  8. This is such a simple and sweet advent calendar! I love the idea of decorating a tree or wreath with an ornament each day!

    We would love for you to share this at our Home for the Holidays link party!

  9. How fun! It makes me want to be a child again. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Warmly, Michelle

  10. This is so simple and yet so chic! I love it! And you’re right…I better get to making our advent, your’s has inspired me!

  11. So pretty! i love the simplicity of this idea. I am a new GFC, FB and Twitter follower visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Vicky from

  12. I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project starting Wednesday. The challenge is Advent Calendars and yours is beautiful. You could win the top prize or the giveaway. There are great tutorials all week too!


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