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DIY Christmas Ladder Advent Calendar

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With all the craziness going on at my home lately, I forgot to share my DIY advent calendar with you!  The kids usually have just a small advent calendar that sits near the fireplace, but I love large-scale ones that become part of a home’s holiday decor so this year, I decided to use my vintage orchard ladder that was sitting in the corner of my family room as a frame to create my DIY advent calendar.

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I went the craft store after Thanksgiving and hit the 50% sales, so the entire project cost me just under $8.  I already had the red and white baker’s twine, so I just purchased the mini paper bags, sticker name tags, and rub-on numbers.

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Each bag is simply folded, hole punched, and tied to a rung of the ladder.  I then adhered the red and white name tags to the front and added the rub-on numbers 1-25.  I love that all of the numbers have a vintage look to them but that each one is different.

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A tiny cypress sits at the base in my silver champagne bucket {they make great pots for plants!}.

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And because the cypress looked a little lonely all by itself, I added a couple of small gifts wrapped in kraft paper and tied with the baker’s twine.   I even added a few red polka dots to the larger package by applying red ink to the top and glue stick cap and using the cap as a circular stamp, thus giving it some character and color but keeping the vintage feel.

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With the 25 advent bags taking up all of the space on the ladder, I had to find a new home for the grain sack tea towels that had been hanging on the rungs.  I simply folded them up and placed them in my tall cabinet along with some small red ornaments.

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I’m really happy with how it came out and the kids are having fun opening the bags each day.  Since they can simply untie them, the bags can be used again next year.  One word of caution, though, if putting candy in the bags, make sure that it is wrapped candy so that no food leaks or stains the bags, which could unknowingly attract critters while the bags are packed away the rest of the year!

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We’re planning to buy our tree over the weekend and get it decorated {I must be the last blogger on Earth to get their tree!}.  I’ll also share an update on the bathroom remodel next week.

 

I hope your December is off to a good start!  Only 19 shopping days left…yikes!

 

 

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