Last year, I searched for an advent calendar that was appropriate for my then 3 year old son and also matched our decor, but came up short. Usually when this happens, I begin to search Pinterest for something that I can build myself, and this was no exception!
I found this plan from Shanty2Chic and decided it would be perfect! Since I just started the blog recently, I don’t have a lot of detailed images of my process, but as always, it’s thoroughly documented on Shanty2Chic. I will walk you through the changes I made when building mine and then you can head over to their site if you want to build your own!
- miter saw
- measuring tape
- wood glue
- clothes pins
- small envelopes
- activity cards
- tree topper
- 2 – 1 x 3 boards (I actually used 1/2 x 3 boards)
- scraps of 2 x 4 for base
- burlap and twine
The first thing you want to do is measure and cut each “branch”. Ashley and Whitney did 5 pieces, but I added a sixth smaller piece at the top.
Here are their dimensions:
The one modification I made when making my cuts was cutting the ends of mine at an angle. I followed their measurements, then just cut a 65 degree angle on each end before assembly.
Next, glue each piece to the back board. Make sure to measure your spacing based on the size of your envelopes and also leave room at the bottom to attach your 2×4 base pieces.
Paint the tree whatever color you want it. I painted mine white.
Hot glue each clothes pin in the place you want it. Again, lay out envelopes for spacing. You can paint them before if you want to. I purchased white ones so I didn’t have to mess with painting 25 clothes pins!
Glue tree topper at the top and screw or glue and nail the two pieces of 2×4 to the bottom of the tree base. Wrap base in burlap and tie with twine.
The envelope numbers can be done many ways also. I found THESE from Simple As That Blog and printed them on a sheet of white label paper. Then I just cut them out and stuck them on the envelopes!
The activity cards I used are from Angie Kauffman of Real Life At Home and can be found HERE. I love that she had so many activities, I could pick the ones that were realistic for my family to accomplish daily. I printed these on white card stock.