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DIY Wooden Advent Calendar

Learn how easy it is to make your own DIY Wooden Advent Calendar for Christmas with this simple tutorial. In fact, it’s so quick and easy that even the kids can help!

This easy DIY wooden advent calendar is such a simple project, even the kids can help

Hands up if you love a simple DIY that not only looks pretty (and serves a purpose!) but that the kiddos can help with.

Well this DIY Advent Calendar fits the bill and I know that your children will love to help make one this Christmas. Of course, you could just make it yourself, too but the point is that it’s SO easy that even the kids can make one.

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How to Make the DIY Advent Calendar

Step 1 – Paint the Wood

Start with a large piece of wood. It can be any size but mine is approximately 16 inches by 24 inches.

Paint the wood white. Allow to dry for several hours.

Use a large 16 x 24 inch piece of wood painted white for this DIY wooden advent calendar

Step 2 – Add the Shining Star on Top

Hot glue the star to the top of the wood, right in the center. Stick on a number 1.

Use a white wooden star as the top of the Advent Calendar tree

Step 3 – Place the Advent Calendar Numbers

Place numbers 2 – 25. The aim with the rest of the numbers is to create the shape of a Christmas tree. I recommend placing the outside numbers first to get the shape and then putting the middle numbers in. The number 25 creates the base of the tree right at the bottom.

Place the advent calendar numbers in the shape of a Christmas tree

It doesn’t have to be perfectly precise. My toddler son helped me stick down the numbers so they are a little crooked in places. It adds to the homemade charm in my opinion!

Step 4 – Light Up the Tree

Wrap the twinkle lights around the star, hot gluing in the corners to secure it. Hang the battery pack behind the wood and hot glue it in place, ensuring you can still access the batteries and on/off switch.

Add bright twinkling lights to your DIY wooden advent calendar
Bright twinkling lights add an extra Christmas touch to this DIY wooden advent calendar

Step 5 – Create the Mini Wreath

Finally, create a mini wreath with a piece of faux garland. Just twist the ends together to create a circle and hot glue some decorations on it. I used red embroidery floss and some berries from a dollar store pick.

This adorable mini wreath will mark the days on your DIY wooden advent calendar
This simple DIY wooden advent calendar is such a fun project for the kids to help with

Step 6 – Finishing Touches

Place some glue dots on the back of the wreath so that it sticks to the calendar but is still easily moveable.

This DIY Wooden Advent calendar is simple Christmas decor
Your kids will love moving the wreath every day on this DIY wooden advent calendar

That’s it! One easy peasy DIY Wooden Advent Calendar that requires only about 30 minutes of hands-on time. Quick and fun and makes for both beautiful decor AND a great homemade gift!

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Wooden calendar painted white, with black number stickers for days 1 - 25, and a tiny wreath on day 14

Wooden Advent Calendar

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

The count down to Christmas morning begins with a bright wooden calendar, embellished with a tiny wreath for little fingers to grab.

Materials

  • A large piece of wood or several pieces of wood glued/braced together
  • White paint
  • Number stickers
  • Wooden star
  • Small set of twinkle lights
  • Small piece of faux garland (I cut a piece off a dollar store garland)
  • Glue dots

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint brush

Instructions

    1. Paint the entire board and allow to dry for several hours.
    2. Hot glue the star to the top of the wood, right in the center. Stick on a number 1.
    3. Place numbers 2 - 25 and try to create the shape of a Christmas tree. I recommend placing the outside numbers first to get the shape and then putting the middle numbers in. The number 25 creates the base of the tree right at the bottom.
    4. Wrap the twinkle lights around the star, hot gluing in the corners to secure it. Hang the battery pack behind the wood and hot glue it in place, ensuring you can still access the batteries and on/off switch.
    5. Finally, create a mini wreath with a piece of faux garland. Twist the ends together to create a circle and hot glue some decorations on it.
    6. Place some glue dots on the back of the wreath so that it sticks to the calendar but is still easily movable.

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