Advent Calendar Shelf

Today I have teamed up with Home Depot to promote their Do-It-Herself Workshops.  This month’s project is this cute holiday ornament display.  This class is being taught at Home Depot’s across the US this week!  It is a free class happening this Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  SIGN UP HERE!  Home Depot asked me to take this concept and create my own spin on it. 

DIH Holiday Ornament Display

So I came up with a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Shelf perfect for counting down to Christmas.  I did neutral wood tones but you can add more color to make it pop or match your Christmas decor.

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1” x 8” x 12’ common board

1” x 6” x 8’ common board

(2) 1” x 4” x 8’ furring strip

1 1/4” screws


Kreg Jig



Measuring Tape


1.  Measure and mark (3) 48” sections from the 1” x 8” x 12’ board and (2) 48” pieces from the 1” x 6” x 8’ board.  Next cut (20) 30” pieces from the 1” x 4” furring strip.  Cut a piece of scrap wood 6” x  7” for the Christmas tree trunk. I used my chopsaw to make these cuts.

2.  Lay all five of the 48” boards flat on a table interchanging between the 8” wide boards and the 6” wide boards.  I left a nickel space between each.  Center the 30” board horizontally across the back of the five 48” boards and 3 1/2” down from the top, and secure using two wood screws in each board.  Repeat on the bottom with the remaining 30” board.


3.  To make the tree cut 5 boards from the 1” x 4” furring strips on a 45 degree angle.  I cut 5 pieces at 10 3/4”, 14 1/4”, 18”, 21 1/2”. and 24 3/4”.

4.  Once the Christmas tree boards are cut drill a few pocketholes with a Kreg Jig into each board.


5.  Sand each board and then apply stain.  I used Minwax Weathered Oak for the planks and then Minwax Dark Walnut for the Tree and trunk.


6.  Once dry I centered the Christmas tree boards and then drilled the pockethole screws in place.  I also cut a 6” spacer to help with placement.




7.  Attach the tree trunk with 1 1/4” screws from the back into the front.

OPTIONAL:  Find a shape of a star online and then cut out a star from a piece of scrap wood.  I spray painted mine gold.  I used hot glue to adhere it to the top.


8.  I found some white favor boxes at my local craft store and then wrapped them in some ribbon and attached the box number (using printed out numbers and a 1” hole punch) onto circular tags.  You add add little notes or candy inside.



This thing is so big!  It is perfect for a mantel or an empty space on a big wall.




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