Hey friends! The holidays are fast approaching! Do you love the holidays? I absolutely do! This year I was challenged by some other bloggers to create a 30 minute project for a #halfhourholiday challenge! It’s been so much fun to see their teaser posts over the last week on Instagram, and today we get to show you our projects! My idea was to create a fast and easy rustic wooden advent calendar that would be totally customizable for any family!
Check out the other participants and their projects in this Half Hour Holiday Challenge!
Here are the steps to create this Customizable Rustic Wooden Advent Calendar!
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– 8 boards of equal length, equaling whatever size you want your finished sign to be
– 2 support boards just shorter than the width of your sign
Full instructions found below, or you can watch the video!
Assembling the Boards:
The first thing you need to do for this project is line up your boards as you want them, then turn them all over so their backs are facing up. Take your support boards, lay them across all of the others and line them up where you want them. Use wood glue and finish nails to nail them onto the back, holding all your other boards together.
As you can see with mine, I used boards that I had in my shop that used to be pallets.
I disassembled them months ago and this was the perfect project to use them for. Keep in mind, you can use any type of board for this project! I just like the nails and beaten up character of pallet wood for something like this.
Once your boards are assembled you can just flip the entire thing over and start painting. I used a dry brush technique on this because I love it but also because it dries quickly! Especially when using chalk paint.
To dry brush, dip your brush into the paint, then dab it onto a paper towel or something so there is only a small amount of paint on the brush, then run it across the wood using a light to medium pressure. The paint will cover the parts of wood that are elevated just more than the others and you’ll get this gorgeous effect! Quick and easy, this took me about 5 minutes and I literally moved straight into the next step from here without worrying about dry time. Gotta love chalk paint!
Alright, the final step is to insert all of the hooks. There are a couple tricks here to make it a lot faster! First, use a long level or straight edge of some sort to mark all of the spots you want the hooks. I spaced mine on a vertical plane just by eye-balling it and attempting to get it into the center of each of my boards. If you have new wood this may be a step you’ll want to spend a few more minutes on than I did. I did use a long level to make sure I got them even on a horizontal plane. I just used a small pencil mark.
The next step is to use a tiny drill bit to start a hole in each spot. This is a quick step if you have them all marked. You really just need enough to get the hook started.
I took each hook and twisted it one or two turns into the drilled hole. But next comes the real time-saving trick!
Use some sort of eyelet screw (Mine was tiny, I’d recommend a larger one) inside your drill to screw the hooks in.
This makes it SO fast and easy! Simply place the eyelet around the hook and SLOWLY run your drill until it is screwed in all the way.
Sometimes you may have to stop a bit short to make sure the hook is facing the correct direction. Do this for all 25 hooks, and then you’re done!
Now you have a completely customizable wooden advent calendar!
While not part of the 30 minute project, I wanted to give you a couple ideas for how you could complete this project so that it has special meaning to your family.
Here I added numbers and special ornaments to each hook so that each day of December we could talk about the ornament, where we got it, express thanks and appreciation if it was a gift, then add it to our Christmas tree. This would be a great way to take some time to slow down and focus on those we love during December.
My other idea, and the one I am keeping for this year, is to use a purchased 25 Days of Christ ornament story set from New Traditions Crafts. As you can see I added numbers and a title with Cricut Adhesive Foil, then added each of the ornaments that come in the set to each hook!
There is a devotional book that comes with the ornament set so the shapes correlate with the scripture passage that you read about Christ each day of December leading up to Christmas. They have a non-denominational version and an LDS (Mormon) version.
These ornaments arrive as bare wood, so I stained them then used the fabrics and ribbons in the kit to add details to them, then we added them to this awesome DIY Customizable Wooden Advent Calendar I just built and now we have this amazing piece of decor that means so much to us and that we’ll be able to use and enjoy all December!
So what do you think? Will you build a customizable wooden advent calendar? If so, what would you add to it? I’d love to see!
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