Wooden Crate Christmas Advent Calendar

Posted on: December 4th, 2012 by Sandra Powell 8 Comments

DIY Wooden Crate Advent Calendar

This is the wooden crate I demonstrated how to build in my Google + Hangout.  I wasn’t prepared enough to have one finished so you could actually SEE what  the finished product would look like.  


That’s how things go ’round these parts.

DIY Wooden Christmas Crate


The purpose for my crates was to hold Madison’t Christmas countdown gifts but I didn’t get it done in time so we went for the old cardboard box with chocolate behind the doors.  She loves those anyway.   It’s getting harder to find 24 (inexpensive) gifts for her now that she is a teen.  Wes asked me when we were going to stop the 24 gift tradition the other day.  Uhm.  It’s a tradition so — never!  :-) 

We just might have to start using Hershey’s kisses for all the gifts.   Wonder how many days it would take for that to lose it’s excitement?

DIY Wooden Christmas Crate

But here is my finished crate anyway…four days late.  Ha!  (Oh well.)

DIY Wooden Christmas Crate


DIY Wooden Christmas Crate

 I should look at it this way instead:  It’s ready for next year a whole year early.  Booyah!

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8 thoughts on “Wooden Crate Christmas Advent Calendar

  1. JoyceG says:

    Gum, mints,emery board/nail files, candy, little notepads/cards – shop the dollar section at Target all year round and stash away your little finds. There are some really cute items that show up in that section! The “travel size” section is another great place to find little items under $1: hand cream, lip balm, combs, etc. I always add a pack of the covered rubber bands to my daughter’s stocking – she can never have enough of them.

  2. Carol S. says:

    Love it, turn it around and it’s functional year round. Nice. We ditched the little countdown probably a year ago or so, yes it was tricky coming up with treats. I’d throw in a note with a short treasure hunt (with a pack of gum at the end) to mix things up. My 14 year old hasn’t asked about it yet this year, but I bet he will be reminded of it and ask again soon…

  3. Jake's a Girl says:

    I love it! This is going on my long, long, long list of things to do. :)
    Better late and all that and i’m sure Miss Madison doesn’t mind a bit.

    With that paint and distressed look I get a sneak peek of what my walls would look like painted. ;)

  4. Roeshel says:

    I love it, Sandra! It’s not too late to start the countdown. At least not until the 25th, so you’re still good to go for 2012! :) Beautiful work!

  5. YAY! And I totally vote for just saying you are prepping for Christmas 2013 ;)

  6. Your red crate is too cute! What a great idea to hold her countdown gifts! Have a great week!

  7. Mela says:

    That looks great! There’s always candy bars, nail polish, hair accessories, earrings, bracelets (you could do a charm bracelet, giving one charm each day and the bracelet for them on either the first or last, or under the tree), etc, that can be fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

  8. Stacey-Lee says:

    Ready super early for next year, looks great!

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