DIY Advent Calendar Shelf

This DIY Advent Calendar Shelf idea comes from Home Depot and their Do-It-Herself Workshops. The project I created was this cute holiday ornament display. 

They make the most adorable crafts and they have fun projects you can do as a family. They change the workshops monthly so you can keep coming back!

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.

DIY Advent Calendar Shelf


Supplies you need:

  • 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
  • stain
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • Chopsaw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sander

How To Make the Advent Calendar Shelf

Step 1 – Measure

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 chop saw to make these cuts.

Step 2 – Lay Them Out

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.


Step 3 – Make the Tree Cut

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”.

Step 4 – Drill the Pocket Holes

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


Step 5 – Sand

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


Step 6 – Prepare the Shelves

Once dry I centered the Christmas tree boards and then drilled the pocket hole screws in place.

I also cut a 6” spacer to help with placement.




Step 7 – Attach the Tree

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

OPTIONAL:  Find the 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.


Step 8 – Fill the Shelves

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 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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