Advent Calendar Shelf

I have teamed up with Home Depot to promote their Do-It-Herself Workshops.  The project I created was this cute holiday ornament display.  Workshops are held at the Home Depot so SIGN UP HERE to learn about the latest workshops and times. 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.

 

Supplies:

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

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 chop saw 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.

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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 pocket holes with a Kreg Jig into each board.

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5.  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.

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6.  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.

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7.  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.

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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 little notes or candy inside.

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

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