Simple advent calendar

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An advent calendar is a classic Christmas project. Typically, they contain 24 numbered doors and beginning on December 1st, you open door #24 and get a small treat or gift. When you get to #1, it will be Christmas Eve, one day before the holiday.

There are many different ways to make an advent calendar. For an absolutely stunning version, check out the one our friend Marc (The Wood Whisperer) made last year. Even Marc struggled with a system to make 24 doors, something I don’t think I’d have the patience for. Plus, well, my woodworking skills just aren’t that good!

So after thinking about it for a long time, I came up with a very simple advent calendar that you should be able to crank out in a day. No doors! It does include all the interactive elements an advent calendar needs: a numbered system to count down days, and a place for a treat each day. I used Hershey’s Kisses in mine because they fit nicely into the holes. Quarters might be another good idea: in 24 days, you’d have six dollars!

This is also a good project to get the family involved. My wife and son had a lot of fun painting all the ornaments.

If you’d like to give this a try, here's a cutting template you can download and print out. Just hold the pages up to a window, line them up and tape them together.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 1009 days ago

Very cool, it’s great that the Hershey Kisses fit below the ornaments like that.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 1009 days ago

I was wondering what to put in the holes and my wife came up with the idea of the Kisses. It was perfect, because they fit neatly up into those holes in the wood balls.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 1009 days ago

I like it!

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#4 posted 1009 days ago

Now that’s a neat project !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#5 posted 1009 days ago

Nice calender Steve. This would be a great project to get a child to help with. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 1009 days ago

Very creative
Great work Steve
Greetings from Belgium

-- Erik, Merksem Belgium

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#7 posted 1009 days ago

that was really cool…thanks steve

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 1009 days ago

Really nice project Steve.
I think my grandkids would really like it.

-- Chuck

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#9 posted 1009 days ago

Nice going Steve!!

Where did you get those Wooden Balls?
(that part went by very fast…) :)

Thank you very much!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 1009 days ago

As usual that is a very nice project … I will be making one of those for my four year old, she loves to paint.

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#11 posted 1009 days ago

Very nice project Steve. I think you just topped the Wood Whisperer’s version. :-)


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#12 posted 1008 days ago

Joe: I found those balls at Joann Fabrics after trying Michael’s Crafts. I was really looking for solid wood balls and not looking forward to drilling holes in them. I couldn’t believe it when I found these already had holes in them!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#13 posted 1008 days ago

Steve, Thank you very much… that saved me a lot of leg-work…
Have a good one!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 1008 days ago

Nice project Steve.

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#15 posted 1007 days ago

STEVE!!!! I LOVE THIS PROJECT!!! (sorry to shout – I got excited!!) This is an incredibly simple idea that is soooo much easier than making little doors (like you said!) I love how it self-stores and can be flattened to put away for next year. There are so many ways you can personalize this for your own family. Painting with the sponge is great too for those who don’t like to paint. All around this is a really, really cool project!

This would be great for a cookie exchange or Christmas gathering, where each of the guests could paint a couple of the ornaments. Or even to keep the kids ‘involved’ when they are bouncing off the walls with the excitement of the season.
How cool!

I love that you need minimal tools to make this. But you forgot to mention that you could cut it out on the SCROLL SAW if you don’t have a band saw! (Being “Scrollgirl” I have to put a plug in for using the scroll saw!)

A+++ for this project! I love everything about it! Once again – “You Da Man!”

Sheila :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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