How to build a diy wood tree shaped advent calendar.
Build a tree shaped advent calendar using wood scraps and little bins to fill with fun gifts.
Inspired by Pottery Barn’s tree advent calendar:
Their version retails for $179 and yes those baskets are darn cute BUT you can diy this advent calendar for much, much less.
I used all wood scrap pieces and purchased the circular bins for $1 each (@Michaels) so the total cost was $25 to build this diy version.
This makes a nice statement piece with plenty of space to insert small gifts.
How to build a wood tree advent calendar:
Collect 3/4″ thick wood scraps.
Step 1: Using all 3/4″ stock (pine boards and plywood) start with the longest board at the bottom. Make a 25 degree miter cut on one end then measure 35″ and make another miter cut, not parallel.
Step 2: Continue with the next board making a 25 degree miter cut then line up that board on top of the first board and cut to length.
Step 3: Attach all boards using pocket holes.
Step 4: Attach a scrap piece of plywood down the middle and make hanger with wire.
Step 5: Stain. I used Minwax early american.
Step 6: Predrill hole into back of circle bin (found @Michaels).
Step 7: Attach bins to wood tree using lath screws and a bit of wood glue.
Use a yard stick to line up the bins.
Step 8: Continue adding bins to make all the rows.
Step 9: Glue on black glittered cardboard numbers.
I have to share another diy version of this wood advent calendar built by Jamison at Rogue Engineer:
Little did we know we were both working on the same exact project but I love how they used the little burlap bags. Jamison is an engineer so he has very detailed plans you definitely want to check out before you start building.