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Make Your Own Advent Calendar!

Make your own easy wood painted reusable advent calendar to countdown to Christmas! 

Easy Christmas Advent Calendar: wood christmas-tree-shaped advent calendar with red and white painted drawers

I’ve been wanting a re-usable advent calendar for a few years now, and this is the year! I’m moving toward a mid-centuryish aesthetic with my decor, and I want to start taking my Christmas decor that direction too.

So today I’m going to show you how to decorate your own wood advent calendar to go with your Christmas decor. And you can fill the drawers with whatever you like. I’m using this free Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Calendar for my girls this year.

Make your own reusable advent calendar! It's great for kids and adults alike. Fill the boxes with little toys, candy, notes, or whatever you like!

Unfortunately no chocolate in ours- for a few years in a row Zoe the Wonder Dog had a Christmas Eve tradition of going to the emergency vet to have her stomach pumped. Peter would bring home chocolate for my Christmas sock- the good stuff. And Zoe would get into it while we were at Christmas Eve service.

One year she ate a whole Costco bag of truffles! Thankfully she’s always been fine, but now the chocolate is hidden up high in the kitchen.

Materials:

  • unfinished wood advent calendar (the one I originally used isn’t available but this looks very similar and could be customized any way you like!)
  • acrylic paint
  • small paintbrushes
  • paper plate or paint palette
  • garbage bag or something to protect your tabletop
  • wood stain
  • sharpie or paint pen
supplies to make a diy painted advent calendar

How to Paint an Advent Calendar

Make your own reusable advent calendar! It's great for kids and adults alike. Fill the boxes with little toys, candy, notes, or whatever you like!

Directions

1. Paint the drawer fronts.

I painted the fronts- and then ended up going back and painting the whole outside of each box. As you can see, mine are white and red. They’ll need at least 2 coats of paint. It dries quick.

drawers from reusable advent calendar, being painted red and white

2. Paint or stain the knobs.

I stained my knobs to match the calendar frame. They could be gold, whatever you like.

3. Paint or stain your frame.

I did a single coat of walnut-colored stain on mine. There’s some uneven color inside a few of the boxes because of the glue, but it won’t really show once the drawers are in place.

wood advent calendar being stained and painted for Christmas

4. Write numbers.

This step takes a little practice. I just used a sharpie and did a faux calligraphy font. You could use a paint pen, or even stickers if you want a different color. I’m loving this Hand Lettering workbook.

I messed up my pattern and had to paint over a few of my numbers. I found that no amount of white paint would cover the sharpie, but white-out did the trick in one coat! Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve used that stuff!

mini drawers from wood advent calendar being painted white
mini drawers from wood advent calendar being painted with white-out

5. Replace the drawers.

After everything has a few hours to dry, you can put the drawers back into the frame. 

reusable wood advent calendar with half of the drawers in place

6. Fill the advent calendar.

Make your own reusable advent calendar! It's great for kids and adults alike. Fill the boxes with little toys, candy, notes, or whatever you like!

More Unfinished Wood Advent Calendars

A. Christmas Tree Advent Calendar (this is the one I have)

B. Modern Hexagon Wood Advent Calendar

C. House-Shaped Wooden Advent Calendar

D. House-Shaped Scandinavian Wood Advent Calendar

E. Hinged Wood Advent Calendar

F. Square Wood Advent Calendar with Drawers

That’s it! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Easy DIY Advent Calendar: close-up of wood advent calendar with red and white painted mini drawers with numbers

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