Easy to Make DIY Advent Calendar

Another great thrift store find that turned into a beautiful DIY project for the holidays. This large old sign was $5 at the thrift store and though it was super out of date, I had an idea for an easy repurposed project. 

Easy to Make Advent Calendar

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I painted the old sign with a couple of coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement

You can find a Fusion Mineral Paint dealer near you by visiting the bold link. 

The paint almost always covers in one coat and is smooth and easy to use. 

Easy to Make DIY Advent Calendar for Christmas

I had an idea for an advent calendar that was similar to a tree advent calendar I made recently. 

The hanging numbered muslin bags came in a kit I bought at one time. 

I wanted to hang the bags from a length of twine that wrapped around this sign. 

First, I wrapped the twine around the sign to see how much was needed and how far apart the rows needed to be. 

I hung all the bags with small clothespins to determine the spacing. 

Easy to Make Advent Calendar for Christmas

Then I removed the bags and the string for this next step. 

I had a new stencil called Rustic Christmas Tree from Old Sign Stencils I wanted to use, it was the perfect size to decorate the background of this advent calendar. 

Easy to Make Advent Calendar with a stenciled tree

When the stencil dried I wrapped the twine around the sign and stapled it with a staple gun on the back. 

I once again attached the bags with clothespins. 

At the top of the calendar I attached an old arched piece of wood with the word Christmas using another stencil from the Old Sign Stencil Collection

I painted the sign the same color as the stenciled tree then distressed the edges. 

Next, I attached the sign to the top of the calendar with a brad nailer

DIY Advent Calendar with Small Numbered Muslin Bags

The adorable simple Christmas tree stencil is slightly hidden behind the bags but when each bag is removed during the month the beautiful Christmas tree will appear. 

As a bonus you can hang your Christmas cards on the clothespins when the bags are removed!

DIY Stenciled Advent Calendar with Small Numbered Muslin Bags

advent pin

The only thing left to do is to fill each little bag with a prize or coin and let the children enjoy opening each treat as they countdown to Christmas. 

Stenciled Advent Calendar with Small Numbered Muslin Bags

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. It's a a cute one.... you know I'm busting to share mine.

  2. This is so sweet, Susan! And of course, the surprise tree at the end is a unique touch!

    I've featured this project in this weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 504. Thanks for bringing this over! :)


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