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Pottery Barn KO Advent Calendar


This was in a Pottery Barn catalog a few years ago. Not sure now if it was for sale or just a prop, but I vowed to make one. You gotta love those scrapbooking doodads, especially the numbers and letters. I combined them with address numbers, game pieces and refrigerator magnets for this project.

Materials
keepsake box
miscellaneous numbers
white spray paint
white mat board
glue

Tools
scissors

Buy a box with 24 or 25 openings. If this is not possible there are several options:
1) Combine several boxes with fewer openings to add up to the required number. If you end up with more than 25 openings, fill the extras with words such as "Merry Christmas", "Noel" etc.
2) Partition a plain box or tray into 25 openings using thin wooden slats or foam core board.

Paint the box white and prepare 25 numbers. Glue larger, two digit numbers to white mat board.


Fill the empty box with candy, replacing the candy with a number each day until Christmas. A neat reverse of the open-the door-take-out-the-candy type advent calendars you can buy and a terrifically colorful graphic statement.

78 comments:

Kaysi said...

That is such a good idea!!! I love all the different styles of numbers you did!

The Wallace Family said...

This is such a cute idea! I just made my daughter her first advent calendar and I had so much making it:)

The Rosenau's said...

I LOVE this idea your turned out so cute!

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Marilyn said...

Sooo creative.. I absolutely love this.. .. I have a linky party happening for Christmas ornaments and I will LOVE for you to please share this lovely feature with me and my friends please : )) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/special-christmas-soiree1st-feature.html -- Wishing you a great start to your week.. TY

Jamie said...

What a great idea. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home and link up to More the Merrier Monday.
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Sass - aka - Kathy said...

That’s so great! I’d love it for you to add this to my linky party at {http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2011/11/sunday-salvation-show-1.html}.

Jen said...

So, this is amazing! I love the variety of numbers you've popped in each of those boxes. Hey, please come and share this at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com I hope to see you there, ~Jen

Rachel said...

So adorable. I love all of the different numbers. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
I hope to see you soon,
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Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

lisbonlioness said...

This is SO pretty! I really dig it, a beautiful piece. You will love it for years to come.

CSI girl said...

I hope you will come link this up to the CSI Project. The challenge this week is Advent Calendars. You could take home the top prize or the great giveaway. Come over all week for tutorials and enter the FB giveaway!
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Judy said...

Super idea. I have been wanting to make an Advent calendar like that for a while now. I would love for you to join my Fall into Fall party tomorrow night at 8pm EST with this project. Hope to see you then.

Nicole [The Lovely Poppy] said...

turned out great!! i'm hosting a grab bag giveaway over at my blog and i'd love for you to stop by and check it out- http://www.thelovelypoppy.com/2011/11/21/giveaways-galore-part-four/ xoxo nicole

Judi said...

Very nice!!! You have a fun assortment of numbers!

Jennifer said...

Love it! And love that you reversed it!
Thanks for sharing at our Special Christmas Soiree!!

Maria's Craft said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Nov 08:50am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Janny said...

I absolutely love this! I love how simple it is and the variety of each of the numbers.

KasiaJ said...

This is one of the best advent calendars I've seen. So simple and fun.

Aimee said...

You did GREAT!!! I love this! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you stop by and visit sometime soon!!!

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Leslie said...

that is such a cool idea and looks so great too

Just Jaime said...

Great idea! I love advent calendars!

creativejewishmom.com said...

gorgeous, now could you please make me one for Chanukah? Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, great to see you!

Kerryanne English said...

Looks fantastic.
I'd love it if you could link this project up at my Simply Christmas event at: http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-friday.html

Simone said...

Love your advent calendar a real twist on the original idea!!

Danielle said...

This turned out great! This is AMAZING! I'd love for you to link up to my Friday linky party! This is so great!

www.blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love all the shape, textures and colors of the numbers.
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Its So Very Cheri said...

Did you realize you have 2 number "16"s but are missing number "22"?
You don't have to post this comment I just wanted to let you know.

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Gail said...

I left out the "22" and put in 2 "16"s just to test you. Do you believe that? Anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Meanwhile I'll have to find a couple of 2s in my stash........

J A C Q U E L I N E said...

I love your concept of useable crafts. Yes! yes! yes! No more wasting supplies making things that just sit. Sorry got off track. This is a great project...Thanks for the Idea..now to find a lovely shelf like this one.

Emily said...

SO cute! I'm hosting an advent link party and would love for you to join!
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