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Handmade Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Posted by  ·  November 25, 2008  ·  Last Updated: November 25, 2008

We made this wooden Advent calendar for our kids. This time my crafty partner was my husband, whom cut all the pieces for me. You probably could make it out of heavy cardboard if you don’t have a way to cut the wood.

I would have chosen something nicer and smoother for painting if I was purchasing something new for this project. We used a piece of 3/8 inch plywood left over from another project.

Download template and trace onto your wood (you only need one star)

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Template

Star Template

Cut out your trees. You will cut a slot to the midpoint on each tree—-one at the top and one at the bottom. The slot needs to be the same width as the width of your wood.

This is so the tree fits together like this

Sand, prime and paint your tree and star. I left mine plain green but you might decide to give yours  ornaments. Drill a small hole in the top of the star. Notice the notch out of the top of our star—–it doesn’t work so well to try to put your hole there. Instead, drilling a hole in the side gave us a nice way to thread fishing line through for hanging.

Use a thin screw with threads on each end to attach the star to the tree.

We sat down as a family and made a LONG list of things we would enjoy doing in December. I then printed the list and cut them into strips of paper and placed each idea into an empty match box. Here is a tip; make sure you get “strike anywhere matches” so you won’t miss your boxes. We wrapped all the boxes. My P-Touch labeler worked perfectly to put the numbers on each box.  Then using about 3 yards of curling ribbon for every 5 boxes we tied on the boxes. Don’t forget to start with the first box to be opened and then add on.

Then again using the skill of my handy (adult) craft partner, he stapled the ribbons to the bottom of the tree.

Ta Da you have a handmade Advent calendar full of ways to spend time with your family!

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    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
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    Thanks for a neat project idea!
  15. RG
    Saturday, December 5th, 2009
    Bummer, I was looking for your long list of things to do. I am one who definitely needs to borrow brains in these situations!
  16. Monday, October 19th, 2009
    This advent calendar is nice, but I think the birdy one is the WINNER! Inspirational.

    I have just been given a blank 'letter tray'-house, and am wondering what on earth to do with it. An advent calendar came to mind, and I think I'll end up doing something in between your #1 and #2 version calendars.

    Thanks for posting...
  17. Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
    So cute!!
  18. Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
    I'm saving this idea to use for next year - I LOVE it!
  19. June
    Monday, December 1st, 2008
    simple n easy to understand..good job!! Blessed Christmas
  20. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    How fun!!! I made my advent calender last year too! :) It's made with small craft boxes painted red & green and I painted the numbers on the front.
  21. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    This is such a different idea; I loved the stocking calendar, also.
  22. Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
    I love this!
  23. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    What a great idea!! My husband has been itching to use his jigsaw!!!
  24. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    this is a cute idea!
  25. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    This is such a wonderful advent calendar. I love it. I might not be able to make the tree but would love to put some nice notes in the matchboxes.
  26. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    Wow ... I love this. What a really fun idea! I'm planning on making ornaments out of "slices" of a birch branch. I hope I have as much luck as you!
  27. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    lovely indeed!
  28. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    Great Idea! Thanks for Sharing!
  29. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    You're just full of fun and creative ideas. Wish I had the time and space to do all of them.
  30. Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    how cute! I made up a list of Advent activity ideas for families with more than one or two kids, but actually it would work for families with just one kid as well... you can read it here:

    (isn't it so nice to have a hubby that will help with our projects?!)